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Creamy Taco Mac

This recipe has been floating around all over the blogosphere and for good reason – it’s really tasty! This dish is supposed to be a spin off of its pre-packaged counterpart hamburger helper. I’ve never had the hamburger helper version so I can’t compare, but this version is so good that I’d be willing to bet it blows the other out of the water. Homemade vs. store bought? I don’t even think there can be a comparison. This is also a great week night meal!

Creamy Taco Mac

1¼ lbs. ground turkey
8 oz. dry pasta shapes
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
4 tbsp taco seasoning
3 oz. cream cheese
½ cup sour cream
Salt and pepper
Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Cook pasta according to the package directions.  Drain, reserving ½ cup of pasta water.  Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet or sauté pan, cook the ground turkey over medium-high heat until no longer pink.  A few minutes before the turkey is cooked through, add the chopped onion to the skillet.  Once the turkey is cooked through, mix in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Mix in the diced tomatoes and taco seasoning and let simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the cooked pasta, cream cheese, sour cream and reserved pasta water, and continue stirring until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is well blended.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer over medium-low heat 3-5 minutes to reduce the sauce a bit.  Remove from the heat and top with shredded cheddar cheese, if desired.

Source: Annie’s Eats


April 28, 2011 at 6:56 am Leave a comment

Enchilada Casserole

Enchiladas are one of my favorite foods ever. This casserole not only cured my Mexican food craving, but it also reminded me of my favorite Mexican restaurant. They are SO good. This will be a recipe that I make over and over again.

I will also be submitting this recipe to Joelen’s Foodie Films event featuring Mexican inspired dishes. Check out her blog for great recipes and blogging events!



Enchilada Casserole
1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
1 can re-fried beans
1 Tbps canola oil
1/2 Cup chopped onion
1/2 Cup chopped bell pepper
2 garlic cloves minced
1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
24 oz tomato sauce
2 Tbsp chilli powder, divided
2 Tbsp cumin, divided
2 tsp smoked paprika, divided
2 tsp dried oregano
pinch of sugar
dash of cayenne
salt & pepper to taste
18 corn tortillas
2 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I used cheddar)

Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add ground turkey. Add 1 Tbps of chilli powder, 1 Tbsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano, and salt & pepper to taste. Cook until evenly browned. Drain and set aside.

Wipe out skillet with paper towels and add oil. Heat over medium and saute onions and pepper. When onions are translucent add garlic and parsley. Cook another minute. Add tomato sauce and the rest of the spices and sugar. Let simmer about 5 minutes.

Transfer turkey to a mixing bowl and add refried beans and about 1/4-1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce. Mix well. In a 9×13 casserole dish layer 6 tortillas on the bottom, cover with sauce, then meat mixture, then cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Source: Culinary Infatuation

April 21, 2009 at 4:00 pm 3 comments

Turkey Cobb Burgers

This was the first recipe chosen by Dinner Diva’s, and it was a great pick! Ever since I discovered adding ricotta to turkey burgers I do it in every recipe. I really think this helps the turkey stay nice and moist. I also made a few other adjustments that I noted below. Enjoy!


Chicken Cobb Burger



For the burgers:
8 (1/2- thick) strips bacon
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken, 90 percent lean (I used ground turkey)
2 tablespoons canola oil
Salt Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (I used gorgonzola)
4 burger buns, split
1 large ripe beefsteak tomato, cut into 4 slices
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into 8 slices

¼ C Ricotta Cheese (I added this)


for the vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely shredded romaine lettuce


For the vinaigrette:

combine all the ingredients except the lettuce in a small bowl. Let sit for at least 30 min. to let flavors mend.


I changed a few things when preparing these burgers. The original recipe called for the salt and pepper to be sprinkled on top of the formed patties prior to grilling. I decided to mix the spices into my meat. In a large bowl combine ground turkey, salt, pepper, and ricotta. Mix to incorporate being careful not to overwork the meat. Form into four patties and set aside.


For the burgers:
Heat the grill to medium.
Place the strips of bacon on the grill (lay them across the grate so they don’t fall through) and grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown and slightly crispy. Remove the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Increase the heat of the grill to high. Grill the burgers until golden brown on both sides and cooked completely through, about 5 minutes per side. Top the burgers with the blue cheese, close the cover, and continue cooking until the cheese begins to melt, about 1 minute longer.
Place the burgers on the bottom half of each bun and top with a slice of tomato, 2 slices of avocado, 2 slices of bacon and some of the dressed romaine. Cover each burger with the bun tops and serve.

Source: Food Network

August 14, 2008 at 5:25 am 2 comments



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