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sweet potato enchiladas - bonjourHan.com

They may sound odd, but these enchiladas were SO GOOD. Let me ‘splain. Here was my thought process going into this yesterday:

  • I really want to find some unique way to use the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!
  • I remember seeing a recipe for turkey sweet potato enchiladas a long time ago. Mmmmm.
  • Oh… We have no tortillas, and I am not about to drag the baby to the store just for tortillas. Oh well. I guess I’ll have to wait till next Thanksgiving to make this recipe that I’ve been dying to make for the entire past year… *dramatic sigh*
  • BUT WAIT! I’ll just make tortillas from scratch!
  • Oh… we don’t have any leftover sweet potatoes.
  • BUT WAIT! We have a few uncooked sweet potatoes in the pantry! I’ll just whip up some of those too.
  • Oh… we only have a little bit of salsa left, and no fresh veggies to make more.
  • BUT WAIT! I found a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes, and I can toss in some spices and a little water and call it good!
  • DONE.

And with that, my dreams of having a productive day were shot. I HAD to make these enchiladas. Good thing they were delicious; yummy food masks a multitude of unfinished chores. But you didn’t hear that from me.

I can’t remember exactly how I made them, but I will do my best, even if only so I can have a recipe for when I want to recreate it sometime.

Ingredients

This recipe serves four. I may or may not remember everything I used, and I certainly didn’t measure, but I’ll give it a shot.

  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups salsa (I used about 1/2 cup salsa, a few Tbs water, 1/2 a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes, some onion powder, garlic powder, chipotle powder, salt and a tiny bit of oregano all mixed together. Please don’t be like me.)
  • 2 cups cooked turkey, chopped or shredded (you can use chicken too)
  • 1-2 Tbs lime juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potato
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 8 small flour tortillas (I made mine using this delicious recipe from Annie’s Eats. Her recipe makes 12. These enchiladas only use 8. Elementary math may inform you that I ate the remaining 4.)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • hot red pepper flakes

I think it would be good with green chiles and pepper jack cheese too.

Directions

This version of the directions will assume you already have several of the ingredients without making every single thing from scratch. It’s actually pretty quick if you PLAN AHEAD. I’ve heard there are people like this.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Squeeze the lime juice over the turkey and toss with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Season the sweet potatoes with the cumin, chipotle powder and a little salt. Set aside.
  4. Pour salsa into the bottom of a baking dish until it just barely covers the surface.
  5. Spread 1/8 of the sweet potatoes into a line down the center of a tortilla.
  6. Spoon 1/8 of the turkey onto the sweet potatoes. Roll up the enchilada and place it seam-side down in the baking dish. Repeat steps 4-5 until all 8 of the tortillas are filled and rolled up in the dish.
  7. Pour the rest of the salsa evenly over the top of the enchiladas. Sprinkle the cheese over the enchiladas, and shake some red pepper flakes on top of everything.
  8. Bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes, or until heated and bubbling. For best results, let it rest about 10 minutes after you remove it from the oven so it can set.

We had the leftovers for dinner tonight, and it was still delicious. Please don’t discount this recipe because it sounds weird. You don’t bite into it and think, “Sweet potatoes.” All the flavors blend into a smoky, smooth bite. Let me know what you think!

Side note: I realize the pictures are ugly. I took them of the leftovers. At night.

leftover turkey enchilada - bonjourHan.com

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Green Hummus

homemade spinach hummus - bonjourHan.com

Ok, I realize that a plate of unidentified green stuff may not look especially appetizing. But this spinach hummus is so delicious and flavorful and healthy on a pita, crackers, pita chips, carrots, a spoon…

I actually followed the recipe exactly (I KNOW. I’m as surprised as you are.), so click here to see the original recipe. I sprinkled feta cheese on top of mine.

Stephen enjoyed it too, though he wasn’t raving about it like I was. Give it a chance. It doesn’t taste as weird as it might look. If crazy hummus isn’t really your thing though, check out my quick and easy plain hummus recipe.

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spinach quiche slice

Fun fact: This spinach and feta dish, along with some dijon salmon, was the last meal I ate before I went into labor with Baby Lightning. I’m sure that has some significance.

… Somehow.

This is a repeat meal in our house, and if you know how much I like variety, that’s saying something. It’s easy to throw together, low-carb, and only 126 calories per slice, according to Skinnytaste.com, which is where I found the original recipe. It makes 6 servings.

To be honest, when I first saw the pictures, I thought it might taste kind of bland. It doesn’t. Stephen and I both love it. Here is my slightly adapted version. (Side note: The time I decided to take pictures of this dish was also the time I didn’t have quite enough spinach… yours should look  a little less “crusty.”)

Ingredients

Ok, technically a quiche requires a lot more egg, so this is kind of like a vegetable pie instead… but it’s close enough!

  • 10-12 oz frozen spinach (Thaw and squeeze the liquid out. One way to do this is microwave it in a bowl on defrost, then press it with the back of a big spoon so the liquid comes up. Tip the bowl to drain off the liquid, and repeat until most of the liquid is gone.)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (I’ve also made it with regular onions.)
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 Tbs parmesan
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste

Directions

I think thawing and draining the spinach probably takes more time than it does to put the whole rest of this quiche together.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Lightly spray a pie dish with cooking spray.
  2. Mix the spinach, onions, dill, parsley, feta and parmesan in the pie dish.
  3. Stir the flour and baking powder together in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the flour bowl and mix well.
  5. Pour the contents of the bowl onto the spinach mixture in the pie dish.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes or until you can stick a knife in the center and it comes out clean. Let it stand for a few minutes before serving.

So next time you’re trying to go into labor, you know what to make. Just don’t blame me if it doesn’t work.

spinach in pie dish

 

 

Uncooked spinach pie

 

 

Crustless spinach quiche

Faces

He has them.

baby faces smiling

baby face collage

baby face trio

Cheesy Grits Casserole

Cheesy grits casserole

My mom made this shortly after I had the baby, and thankfully she left the recipe! Or at least we thought she did… I couldn’t find it, so I called her to get it again, and she realized she forgot to leave me the recipe to begin with. At least having a baby didn’t make me completely lose my mind (only partially).

Speaking of having a baby, anything this cheesy and delicious HAS to help shed baby weight, right? …Right? *cricket*

Ingredients

It’s a pretty flexible dish, and as long as you keep some grits on hand, you can probably whip it up without ever having to buy anything. Since running to the store now involves a lot of carseat buckling and diaper bag hauling, I like to keep those random last-minute trips to a minimum.

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked grits (not instant)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or mashed with a garlic press)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Optional: onions, can of green chiles, corn, chopped sausage, chopped turkey bacon, smoky paprika, etc.
For this one, I used a can of green chiles and some chopped breakfast turkey sausage, because that’s what I found in the freezer.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  1. Bring the milk almost to a boil (but not quite!) and slowly whisk in the grits. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5-7 minutes until the grits thicken. Remove from heat.
  2. Mix in all the rest of the ingredients and spread into a greased 9×13 dish.
  3. Bake at 350° F for 40-45 minutes. You can eat it right away, but it will be a little mushy and won’t look pretty on the plate. It’s best to let it set for about 10 minutes.

It’s a really easy dish, which is great when you’re wrangling kids or, in my case, trying to cook between feedings and diaper changes and bouts of fussing (le bébé, not me… most of the time…).

Before putting it in the oven:

uncooked grits casserole

After taking it out of the oven:

cooked grits casserole

A slice of cheesy goodness:

serving of cheesy grits

And just for kicks:

Sleeping is his superpower.

sleeping baby superpower

Be still, my heart:

baby sleeping heart

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