Wednesday, October 7, 2009

maybe for tonight?

i did make enchiladas last night, and i honestly feel like i should be given an award for it. i defrosted the ground turkey (recipe to follow) and was prepped to cook, but then the wonderful idea of yummy fish tacos, rice, beans and the greatest lime flavored chips popped into my mind. and i know that all i have to do is look at sam with a certain eye expression and he will run out to Tortilla Grill and grab us dinner.
but. i honestly can cook all my meals this week. and i am spending all day saturday (yippppeeee) with my sis-in-law jess, and i know we won't be cooking- but instead, eating yummy food all day long.
side-bar: jess, i found a couple of nearby parks in vacaville- we could always go for a walk in the middle of the day if we want? or find froyo....
back to the dinner.
after sam and i talked it out, we decided to make our meal, not buy it.
this is seriously the quickest dinner ever- in fact, it probably was cooked and eaten in the same amount of time as my great fish tacos.
so- if you are questioning what to make for dinner, i recommend this- it is incredibly healthy, easy and really tastes great.
or that's what i've been told. i have made this for several of you.

Fantastic Enchiladas
1 lb ground turkey
1 package block form chopped frozen spinach (thawed and drained)
1 package of 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese
whole wheat tortillas- 10-12
grated cheddar cheese- 1/4 cup or more
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes
**salsa- i jar

oven at 350
cook up the ground turkey (medium- to medium high heat) in a big frying pan, while it is cooking add as much cumin as your taste likes. when the turkey is browned add the frozen spinach and warm all the way through. remove from the heat and add the block of cream cheese. (sometimes i cut it up in cubes to speed the melting process) stir until it all melts.
** now, if you like salsa (sam and i like it sparingly- and not in stuff) add 1/2 jar of salsa to everything in the pan.
spoon turkey mix into tortillas (about 1 1/2 T per tortilla- I just eyeball it) and roll the tortilla and place in a 9 x 13 pan. Do this until all your tortilla's are filled.
Add the can of diced tomatoes over the top of all the enchiladas (and if you like it- add the remaining salsa over the top)
place your pan in the oven, and cook for 25 minutes.
remove from the oven, top with grated cheese- return to oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
now, you can make the enchiladas in the morning (which i sometimes do) and cook later that night- just bake them for 35 minutes- to make sure everything is warmed all the way through.

you might be thinking, ground turkey and spinach equals yuk.
but they are really good.

and to round off this post, a little wednesday why:
why on earth did the designer of pack and plays make the velcro strap so stinking small? the "mattress" part of the pack n play is supposed to fold around your broken down pack n play, and the straps pull through and velcro in place.
so why are these straps SO small- it takes great force, and perfect placement of your pack n play to make this work, and it is a big stretch.
would it have killed the designers to make the strap bigger? i mean, they are under the mattress- this isn't a choking hazard.


  1. Sometimes I wonder if Graco, Fisherprice, and Evenflo secretly laugh at the little inconvienent things that they do to some of their products... I am glad to know I am not the only one who find those product flaws. (And yes, those straps are so irritating... it always sounded so undesirable to put those pack and plays away!) Yummo... when I cook enchilada's my hubby goes crazy, they are his fav! :) And I have that same magical twinkle in my eye that makes my own sweet husband go grab dinner! Dang for take out tasting so scrumptious, and being so darn easy! :)

  2. i have never made enchilada's...but now i want to! those sound GREAT! (maybe it's cause i just can't cook!!)