Turkey Enchilada Loaded Nachos

I am so excited to share that I am officially training for my first Half Marathon. It’s an exciting feeling but I know what lies ahead of me. It’s not going to be easy but it is certainly going to be rewarding and thrilling. I feel as if this is the beginning of something new. A beginning of a new addiction and hopefully many more races will follow. I am a week into my training, feeling great and having a sense of accomplishment. Excitement and exhaustion lies ahead.

Turkey Enchilada Loaded Nachos

Let’s talk about these loaded nachos. Ground turkey simmered in enchilada sauce makes an excellent addition and is much healthier too. I layered the nachos so that there is flavor in every bite. Refried beans, enchilada turkey and habanero cheddar cheese layered in whole grain tortilla chips, then topped with avocado, corn, tomato and jalapeño is football food made in heaven. This is a dish that will surely make your guests happy during the big game.

Turkey Enchilada Loaded Nachos

Being insane hot sauce addicts we can handle some pretty spicy sauces so naturally this entire skillet got smothered in one of our favorites. Hot sauce is a must with any nacho dish. I added hot sauce to the enchilada turkey and the refried beans as well. Of course you can adjust to your liking.

Turkey Enchilada Loaded Nachos

Turkey Enchilada Loaded Nachos

Have a delicious week! Eat, smile and be happy!

Turkey Enchilada Loaded Nachos

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Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 5 oz multigrain tortilla chips
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 10 oz can enchilada sauce (msg free and preferably organic or home made)
  • a few good dashes of your favorite hot sauce
  • ¾ cup habanero cheddar cheese
  • 7 oz (1/2 can) refried black or pinto beans
  • 7 oz (1/2 can) canned corn, drained
  • ½ avocado, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Turn the oven on to broil.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet, add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink. Stir in enchilada sauce and oregano, cook covered until the sauce reduces by third. Season with hot sauce. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour refried beans into a small sauce pot, allow to come to a simmer. Remove from heat.
  4. At the bottom of a cast iron skillet arrange half of the tortilla chips. Top with half of the turkey mixture, half of the refried beans and half the cheese. Arrange the rest of the tortilla chips on top. Once again top with the rest of the turkey, refried beans, corn and cheese.
  5. Broil until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on it.
  6. Before serving top with jalapeño, avocado, tomato and cilantro.
  7. Enjoy with hot sauce.

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Light Chicken Chimichangas with Chimichurri Sauce

Light Chicken Chimichangas with Chimichurri Sauce

I call it my triple C dish. Say chicken chimichangas with chimichurri three times and see what happens to your tongue. Put chicken chimichangas with chimichurri sauce on the dinner table and see what happens then. Guaranteed pleaser.

What sets these chimichangas apart from the traditional version is that they aren’t fried and full of veggies. These are much healthier and super delicious, especially with the chimichurri sauce on the side.

Light Chicken Chimichangas with Chimichurri Sauce

The chimichurri sauce can be used with so many dishes. I serve it with grilled meats, fish, chicken and even over beans. Kurt and I went a little nuts and finished the entire portion. I love using both parsley and cilantro, but if you’re not a big fan of cilantro you can make it with parsley alone.

Light Chicken Chimichangas with Chimichurri Sauce

Light Chicken Chimichangas with Chimichurri Sauce

Traditional chimichangas are prepared with beef. To make them lighter I substituted for chicken simmered in salsa verde. To add heartiness, substance and nutrition I added mushrooms, spinach, red onion and of course cheese. They come out so crispy on the outside, yet gooey on the inside. Simply delicious.

Light Chicken Chimichangas with Chimichurri Sauce

Light Chicken Chimichangas with Chimichurri Sauce

The best part about this post is wishing you all a wonderful weekend. I can’t deny starting my vacation tomorrow doesn’t hurt either. I am excited to have Thanksgiving week off and maybe even do a little Christmas shopping and a lot of decorating. Lets just say decking the halls is on my list to do.

Enjoy!

Light Chicken Chimichangas

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Serves: 3

Ingredients
  • 4 thicken thighs or 2 breast halves
  • ½ cup jarred salsa verde (I used the Whole Foods brand)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 chicken bouillon
  • 3 portobello mushroom caps, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • jalapeños and tomatoes for serving
  • 6 flour tortillas
Instructions
  1. Bring water to boil, add bouillon and chicken, reduce heat and simmer until fully cooked approximately 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool, shred.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp canola oil in a skillet, sauté mushrooms, garlic, onion until fully cooked about 8 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook another 2-3 minutes until it's wilted.
  3. To make chimichangas, place a little chicken in the middle of the tortilla, top with the mushroom mixture and 1 tbsp cheese. Fold the sides then roll into a burrito. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  4. Heat the rest of the canola oil in a skillet, carefully add chimichangas and sauté until golden brown on each side. Don't overcrowd the pan, make it in two batches.
  5. Serve with chimichurri or your favorite hot sauce.

Parsley-Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce

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  • ½ cup parsley
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • ½ red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • juice of half lime
  • salt
  • red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Add everything to a food processor. Pulse until combined. Don't over pulse, you don't want it to look like paste. Taste for salt, add more if necessary.

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Salmon Rice Bowl

Salmon Rice Bowl

I am obsessed with rice bowls right now especially when loaded with healthy fiber rich ingredients like brown rice, beans, avocado and tomatoes. This is one of the easiest dinners to prepare yet it is satisfying, nutritious and absolutely delicious. The bright colors are inviting and the flavor is plentiful.

Salmon is a versatile fish that can be roasted, grilled, poached or sautéed. It holds up well without falling apart or loosing flavor. One of my favorite ways to prepare salmon is to marinade it in teriyaki sauce and then grill it. I also enjoy grilling it on a plank.   When buying salmon I try to stick to wild as much as possible, it’s better for you and tastier too.

Salmon Rice Bowl

In this recipe I seasoned the fish with salt, pepper and a little cumin and then simply roasted in the oven for 25 minutes. While salmon was roasting the rice cooker cooked the rice and I chopped tomatoes, avocados and lettuce. The entire dinner only took me about 35 minutes to make. Not bad, not bad at all.

Salmon Rice Bowl

Salmon Rice Bowl

I’m looking forward to Halloween. I took a day off for some fun with my munchkin and friends. So this will be a shorter work week for me and I’m happy about that. Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

Salmon Rice Bowl

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Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ½ packet Goya Sazon con Azafran (in the international foods isle)
  • 2 salmon portions
  • 1 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapeños (optional)
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • salt & pepper
  • ¼ tsp cumin
Instructions
  1. Cook rice by combining 1 cup brown rice, 2 cups water and ½ packet Goya. Add a little more water if needed. I find that brown rice takes longer to prepare than white. I used almost 3 cups of water to get it perfect.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, season salmon with salt pepper and cumin. Arrange on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Roast about 20-25 min. When done, gently pull flake.
  3. Divide rice, beans, tomatoes, jalapeños, avocado and lettuce in two bows. Top with salmon and serve with you favorite hot sauce.
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