Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Warm & Cheesy...

Hey everyone!  So after a simple dinner of baked potatoes with leftover chili on Monday night and succumbing to my first MAJOR "I could MURDER for fried shrimp" craving last nightJ, I haven't had much to show you the last 2 days.  So I figured I'd back track a bit and show you one of the dinners we made when we came back from Italy!  And it was so good...we've already had it TWICE! 
True, it's no beauty...but it's a filling, hearty, cheesy, gooey and pretty 'lite' take on Kristin AND Cooking Light's Chicken Enchilada casserole recipe...

However, since chicken & I have been not the best of friends the last 5 months, I swapped it out for 3/4 pound of ground lean turkey breast cooked up with some diced peppers & onions...

Next, you mix the meat in with the cheese sauce.  YES, SAUCE!!!  How happy does this make ME???
Cheese Sauce:
  • 1 cup evaporated skim milk
  • 10 oz. can of enchilada sauce
  • 2 oz. low fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup low fat cheddar cheese 
Heat all of these ingredients in a pan and allow it to all melt into a gooey, luscious sauce.  Add the meat/pepper/onion mix and allow it to simmer for 3 minutes, or until warmed through.

Then you get down the business of layering about 1 cup of the meat/cheese mix with torn tortillas.  You should make about 4 cheesy layers... (ps-don't forget to spray your pan with non-stick spray and to START with a layer of tortillas!)

Top with crushed tortillas (or...ahem *crushed club crackers* if it's the only thing you haveJ) and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.  I know it's tough, but make sure to let it sit for about 10 minutes after so all of the layers can 'firm up'... 

Again, it looks like a hot mess...but it is sooooo good!  It feels super decadent, but doesn't leave you feeling gross & greasy, thanks to the ingredients being on the 'lighter side.'  Definitely try this out on the next chilly night when cozy food is in orderJ 
...which, despite us having a SNOW STORM 2 weeks ago, is NOT NJ at the moment.  We're suppose to reach 70 degrees today!  At least it's been good weather to sneak in a few walks in the afternoons while it's sunny & bright out...although this business BETTER BE GONE in 2 weeks!  I LOVEEEEEE me a COLDDDDD (and *fingers crossed* SNOWY!) Thanksgiving!

Alright...that's all I got for todayJ  Have a good Wednesday everyoneJ
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