Black Bean Turkey Enchiladas

Black Bean Turkey EnchiladaLooking to spice up your family dinner plans? Black bean and turkey enchiladas are a family favorite. Featuring plenty of protein and grand flavors, these enchiladas will leave people asking for seconds and third servings! Traditionally a Mexican cuisine, enchiladas can be made with a variety of fillings. From beef, to chicken, pork, and turkey, you can find the right enchiladas to suit your tastes. Turkey enchiladas are a favorite, as they are low in fat content and a healthier alternative to beef or pork. Unlike a burrito, enchiladas are cooked in a baking pan so that all the flavors merge together in the oven. This allows the cheeses to melt and be a warm gooey texture, and the flavor is one-of-a kind.

What You Will Need to make Black Bean Turkey Enchiladas

4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon of ground coriander
½ teaspoon of chili powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 can of tomato sauce
3/4 tablespoon of salt
1 small onion, chopped
16 ounces of ground turkey
8 corn tortillas
1 can whole kernel corn
½ cup rinsed and drained canned black beans
4 plum tomatoes diced
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

How to Make Black Bean Turkey Enchiladas

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a frying pan, over medium/high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  3. Add flour, ground coriander, chili powder, and ground cumin
  4. Stir in tomato sauce
  5. Add one cup of water
  6. Add ¾ tablespoon of salt
  7. Let this sauce simmer for roughly 12 minutes.
  8. In another large frying pan, add remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil, over medium/high heat.
  9. In this large pan, add the onion and turkey.
  10. Cook and simmer for 10 minutes.
  11. Use a brush to spread oil on tortillas.
  12. Place tortillas in microwave for 30 seconds
  13. Add the corn to the browned ground turkey
  14. Add in the beans
  15. Add in the tomatoes
  16. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
  17. Put a layer, approximately half a cup, of sauce on the bottom of a baking pan.
  18. Add a spoonful of sauce, ½ cup of ground turkey, and one tablespoon of cheese.
  19. Roll up the tortilla around the filling
  20. Place in the baking dish
  21. Fill the rest of the tortillas
  22. Spread the remaining sauce and cheese over the tortillas in the baking dish.
  23. Bake for roughly 15 minutes.

For those looking to spice up your enchilada recipe, serve with sour cream! You can also use plain greek yogurt as an alternative to sour cream. There are a variety of difference sauces you can try with your enchiladas. Mole sauce, rojo sauce, verde sauce, are just to name a few. For any occasion, try these amazing turkey and black bean enchiladas. They will provide you with a healthy alternative, as well as a spicy and flavorful option, for your meal plan.



Perfect Salads for a Light Lunch on a Hectic Day

2208Perfect Salads for a Light Lunch on a Hectic Day


On busy days lunch offers a refreshing break while providing energy for the afternoon’s events. Salad as a canvas for lunch allows you to eat a variety of nutrients, and fills you up without weighing you down. Here are a few salads to try out.



For an Asian inspired salad begin with a soft lettuce like Bibb. Sprinkle in some grated carrots, sliced cucumbers, chopped peanuts or cashews, and some thinly sliced grilled chicken or pork (Maybe make stir fry the night before and reserve some meat for this salad). Then top off with bean sprouts, edamame, fresh cilantro and mint.

Add a soy ginger dressing: 1/3 cup olive oil or sesame oil, 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon grated ginger, 1 minced clove of garlic, 1 teaspoon of honey; combine well, then add additional components as desired.

If you’re afraid the salad won’t fill you up, serve over rice noodles.



South western style salad is a great meal after taco night. Simply toss the leftover topping ingredients over a bed of sturdy lettuce like romaine. Use chopped up tomato, onion, bell pepper, corn, and whatever beans or meat you’d like. For crunch, slice leftover tortillas into strips, rub with oil, then bake at 400 for 5-8 minutes until crispy, keeping an eye out for burning.

Try a lime dressing on top: combine 1 cup of cilantro (or parsley if you’re not a fan), 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add more olive oil to thin the dressing out or more greek yogurt to thicken.



This salad is great for leftover roasted chicken or turkey. If you don’t have any on hand, deli turkey works fine. Sauté the chopped meat with onions that have begun to caramelize for a little extra sweetness. On a bed of spinach or mixed greens add dried cranberries, slivered almonds, and blue cheese crumbles (swiss cheese works well too). Add the meat and onion mixture then top with a balsamic vinaigrette.

For the vinaigrette mix 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, splash of Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon honey, salt and pepper.



A Nicoise salad makes use of leftover or canned tuna and salmon. This protein packed salad involves a bit more preparation in regards to cooked vegetables than the other salads listed, but is well worth the time. On a bed of Bibb lettuce, add a sliced hardboiled egg, sliced cooked potatoes, cooked green beans, sliced tomatoes, and olives. Top with canned or cooked tuna or salmon.

For the Nicise dressing whisk together 1/4 cup white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons chopped shallot, 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, 3/4 cup olive oil, and salt and pepper.


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Four Awesome Leftover Turkey Recipes

Leftover Turkey Recipes

You roasted a beautiful turkey and fed a small army. Everyone is replete on the couch and floor watching television as you clear it all away and begin to realize that there is a lot of meat left on the old bird. What to do? You don’t want to waste good meat, but you’re not really sure what you can do with it all. Here are four awesome leftover turkey recipes that are simply and yummy. First of all, take a few minutes and pick all the meat off the bones making sure it is in small pieces and place in a covered bowl. Now you are ready for any of these quick and easy meals.

  1. Turkey Pot Pie: Place about two cups of leftover turkey meat in a square casserole dish. Add a can of cream of chicken soup, a can of mixed vegetables and a cup of water. Stir. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place a ½ cup of self-rising flour and ½ cup of milk in a container with a lid. Shake vigorously. Pour the mixture over the turkey, soup and veggies. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour for an easy and tasty turkey pot pie!
  2. Turkey Salad: Add ¾ cup leftover turkey to a bowl. Cut up a medium granny smith apple into small chunks and add to turkey. Add a ½ cup of light mayonnaise and stir (this can be adjusted based on how much mayo you prefer). Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a couple of generous splashes of red wine vinegar to the salad for a little extra kick. Serve with your favorite crackers or as a great turkey salad sandwich on whole grain bread.
  3. Turkey Tacos: Place ½ cup of onions and ½ cup of green peppers in a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil. Sauté until soft and add two cups of leftover turkey. Heat until warmed through. Add a pack of taco seasoning and about ¼ cup of water and simmer for ten minutes. Warm some taco shells or tortillas in the oven at 200 degrees for ten minutes. Top your turkey tacos with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, or taco sauce as desired.
  4. Turkey Noodle Soup: Place your turkey in a small stockpot. Add ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon of onion powder and salt and pepper to taste. Add a can of drained whole kernel corn. Add a 32 ounce carton of chicken broth. Bring to a boil and add a small package or ½ of a large package of egg noodles. Boil on low for seven to nine minutes. Add a thickening agent if desired and cook one minute longer. Serve your turkey noodle soup with whole grain crackers or cornbread.

These recipes are easy and delicious! There is no reason to waste your leftover turkey with these four awesome leftover turkey recipes! All of these recipes are not only delicious, but they are very healthy as well! Enjoy!



Thankful for Leftovers!

Rosemary Pie
It's the day after Thanksgiving. It's the biggest shopping day of the year and you're at home staring into your fridge full of Thanksgiving Day leftovers. Whether you're going out to take advantage of all the sales today or not, you have to eat. In all of the food available to you for reheating, nothing looks interesting, and the last thing you want to do is stand over a stove again for hours on end. You, my friend, are in luck. There are so many recipes available now that you can effortlessly make a new meal out of your leftovers in just minutes.

A traditional Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and sometimes much more. For starters, a lot can be done with turkey. Turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey salad (like chicken salad), turkey on your salad, turkey added to macaroni and cheese (a children's favorite); the possibilities are endless! Turkey is very versatile and can be used in place of chicken in nearly any recipe. Turkey can also replace beef and pork in many recipes.

Who remembers Shepherd's Pie? They served it in our elementary school cafeteria and it is such a yummy (but simple to make) comfort food. It is made up of ground beef, mashed potatoes and cheese. The beef can easily be switched to turkey, and you can even throw in a vegetable if you have left over corn or green beans. You just mix together your meat, cheese and potatoes (and veggies if you like) and heat in the oven in a casserole dish. Voila! Lunch (or dinner) is served.

A favorite of mine is "Crispy Rosemary Potato Cakes." This recipe uses up 3 cups of leftover mashed potatoes and is absolutely delicious.

3 tablespoon(s) olive oil
1 1/2 cup(s) chopped onion
1 tablespoon(s) finely chopped rosemary
3 cup(s) leftover mashed potatoes
1 cup(s) panko bread crumbs

In a medium skillet over medium-low heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add onion, rosemary, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until onion is soft and golden, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, add potatoes, and mix. Season with salt and pepper.
Spread panko in a shallow dish. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Using a 1/3 cup measure, form potato mixture into 12 cakes. Gently press panko on both sides of each cake. Cook cakes in batches (adding more oil as needed), turning once, until golden brown and heated t

Turkey tetrazzini is a creamy pasta dish made with turkey and your choice of vegetables. There are many variations of this dish. I like this one.

8 ounces spaghetti, ready cut
1 lb white mushroom, sliced
1/3 cup butter
3 cups chopped cooked turkey or 3 cups cooked chicken
2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
2 cups sour cream
salt and pepper
chopped parsley (optional)

Cook and drain pasta. In large skillet, saute mushrooms in butter. Add the turkey, sour cream and soup. Cook just till heated and combined. Fold in noodles. Season with salt and pepper. Put in buttered casserole. Top with parsley if desired. Bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes or until heated through.

No matter the selection in your fridge, a quick internet search can bring endless possibilities your way. There are also cookbooks available specifically for using up leftovers. Get creative and enjoy...again!