What’s for Dinner | Better than ever Enchiladas

Sometimes there’s extra ground beef around that I like to get creative with…. sometimes we do tacos, sometimes it’s stroganoff … but last week I decided to try enchiladas. Beef enchiladas seem a little less common than chicken enchiladas, but I figured they’d make a tasty dinner if I could find a decent recipe! Allrecipes.com was the winner this time. I went with the “Better-than-ever Beef Enchiladas” which seem to be by KRAFT! Sounds pretty hard to go wrong, right? Well, they did turn out pretty darn good…. I would definitely recommend!

Cheesy Enchiladas

Couple of things to note:
I added at least half a cup of salsa more than the recipe called for, I dumped in quite a bit more cheese (how is 1/2 cup enough for that many enchiladas?), and since there are only two of us, I only used 4 tacos instead of 8. Also, when it says brush the tortillas lightly with Italian dressing, it’s not a mistake. I think it adds just a little bit extra flavor and maybe helps keep them more moist. We were out of tin foil at the time, so our enchiladas were pretty dry, but loading them up with some sour cream really helped. Wow, I guess this is a really fattening meal when you add in all the cheese and sour cream, but come on, they’re enchiladas!

What’s for Dinner | Crock Pot Time!

My sweetheart came home on Wednesday night so I was able to use the crock pot a little bit more this week. It’s hard motivating myself to cook in the crock pot just for myself….even though it’s very easy. My crock pot doesn’t have an auto-off feature and even though it goes to “warm” after a certain amount of hours, I’m still a little worried when I leave it on all day not knowing what time I’ll be able to leave work. I am sure it’s perfectly safe, but I’ve come home with extremely dried up chicken and I haven’t wanted to ruin my meat again like that. It would be better if you could program it to start at a certain time so if you want it to cook for 8 straight hours, you could tell it when you wanted to start. … I’m sure they make those but we got ours on clearance at Target and we weren’t ready to spend a whole lot on it… ūüôā

So what did I cook? I went to my Crock Pot pin board and picked out two recipes that didn’t require a lot of shopping. First, I did a really simple Beef Stroganoff from Spicy Richmond. This Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff only asked for 4 ingredients, which I had one of already and I opted out for another one, so it was really my 3-ingredient strog.!

  • 2 cans Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 can mushroom stems and pieces (this is what I skipped…. I don’t love lots of shrooms….)
  • 1 lb beef stew chunks
  • 8 oz sour cream

My favorite part of this recipe? You just throw it all in the pot, turn it on, and let it cook while you’re gone. I cooked egg noodles and served it over those when I got home from work.

I was pretty happy with the way it turned out!

My next adventure in the crock pot was Creamy Tortellini Soup from Better Homes and Gardens. I haven’t done much with Tortellini since I started cooking more, but I sure love it! So I was excited to buy the ingredients for this one (didn’t require a lot of shopping) and cook it up.

This is what you’ll need to make this soup:

  • 1¬†2-oz envelope¬†white sauce mix (I used alfredo mix because I couldn’t find “white sauce mix”)
  • 4¬†cups¬†water
  • 1¬†14-oz can¬†vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2¬†cups¬†sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2¬†cup¬†chopped onion
  • 3¬†cloves garlic, minced (I just threw in some garlic salt since we were all out of garlic!)
  • 1/2¬†teaspoon¬†dried basil, crushed
  • 1/4¬†teaspoon¬†salt
  • 1/4¬†teaspoon¬†dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/8¬†teaspoon¬†cayenne pepper
  • 1¬†8-oz package¬†dried cheese tortellini (about 2 cups)
  • 1¬†12-oz can¬†evaporated milk
  • 6¬†cups¬†fresh baby spinach leaves or torn spinach (I left this out this time)
  • Ground black pepper
  • Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Even with a few substitutions and things I decided not to put in, this soup turned out delicious. Very creamy and quite filling, but my husband and I really liked it!

my tortellini soup