Easy Recipes

Z’s Easy Chicken Enchiladas

enchiladas

Drive-Thru-Sue

Are you looking for a yummy and crowd-pleasing dinner to make this weekend? You’ve found it!

These enchiladas are so easy that they seems “too good to be true”. If you know anything about Trim Healthy Mama, you know there is a type of mama called a “drive-thru-sue”. These types of “mama’s” are the type that don’t generally like to cook, or are too busy to cook “from scratch” meals.

Hey…Although I am generally not a “drive-thru-sue”, I sure do like to make a meal that is easy and healthy from time to time. Especially after long days with the kids, chores and other responsibilities . These enchiladas are all the way “drive-thru-sue”-easy to make and very little ingredients. low carb tortillas

Despite them being not completely “made from scratch”, they are a great alternative to traditional enchiladas, that tend to be time consuming and labor intensive.

Because I use the low carb tortillas, you can make them an S or an E. I consider them to be an THM-E because I usually eat two whole enchiladas, add back beans, tomatoes, lettuce and a dollop of low-fat sour cream. Eating one enchilada is an S meal, so I usually just omit the black beans and add extra cheese, and full fat sour cream. As you can see, it is a versatile dinner!

Family Style

enchiladas in the kitchen

The great thing about this versatile dinner is that it makes a lot! I usually make two pans full, and we have leftovers for the next days lunch. Believe me, they are even better the next day!

After I get them out of the oven, I usually just dish them all up at the same time. Viola! Easy peasy family-style dinner!

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Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Enjoy!

-Z

Yields 6-8 servings

Z’s Easy Chicken Enchiladas

An easy option for a weekend meal! Easy to make and full of flavor!

15 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breast
  • 4 tbs taco seasoning
  • 10-15 low carb tortillas
  • 1 32 oz can of mild green or red enchilada sauce
  • 4-5 cups of shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1 tsp pepper (plus more for top)
  • Optional: lettuce, black beans, tomatoes and sour cream

Instructions

  1. In large pan, boil chicken breast in salty water
  2. Once chicken is cooked
  3. Leave in pan and pour out most of the water (leave about 3/4 cup of the water/broth)
  4. Take a hand mixer and "mix" the chicken breast right in the pan until shredded.
  5. Add taco seasoning and mix thoroughly
  6. Place about 1/4 cup of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of the casserole pan(s)
  7. Add about 1/4 cup of shredded chicken and cheese in each tortillas and roll up tightly
  8. add to casserole pan in a row
  9. Add the remaining sauce to the tops and make sure to get all the cracks
  10. Add cheese on top in thick layer (less thick for an E)
  11. Sprinkle with pepper
  12. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes
  13. Serve hot and top with desired toppings
  14. Enjoy!
Cuisine: Mexican | Recipe Type: Dinner
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Breakfast · Recipes

Z’s French Toast

Sugar-free, THM-E

My favorite breakfast

This breakfast is the easiest pesiest breakfast ever! Also, a great way to switch it up a little bit and have an E breakfast that is NOT oatmeal!

I have to say, French Toast is hands down my favorite breakfast.

I make a homemade berry sauce (Z’s Very Berry Sauce on my Recipe page) that compliments this dish amazingly! The berry sauce is also sugar-free and falls under the THM-FP status.

When you use my berry sauce, there is no need for syrups (see yesterdays post on The Skinny on Sugar in the Healthy mom page).

French toast

Yummy Sourdough Bread

I use the San Luis Sourdough bread because it has the best texture and ingredients in a store-bought bread. Of course, if you make your own homemade bread from a sourdough starter, then that is going to be AH-mazing! But, for “drive through sues”, this bread does great. You want to make sure that your bread is made from a starter, doesn’t have fat and doesn’t have sugar.

sourdough bread
Some of the Ingredients I use

I also love to buy the unsweetened vanilla almond milk from Costco. It is not full of the fillers and sugar that other almond milks have. I also love the fact that there is a touch of the vanilla flavor in the French toast when you use this.

Of course, to stay in the THM-E territory, you have to stay with egg whites, but when I make this for my kids, I will sometimes whisk in a couple eggs with the yolks, for a yummy crossover. Crossovers are great for growing kids! Also, I think that whole eggs make it taste even better. But, alas, I need to stay in E (THM-Energyzing) territory. 🙂

My family absolutely devoured this breakfast!

French toast

French toast boy

When it is silent during any given meal, then I know I did something right! 😉

Now that you’re hungry….go make it! Enjoy!

-Z

Serves 3

Z’s French Toast

2 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

7 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 carton of egg whites
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 slices of sourdough bread

Instructions

  1. heat skillet on medium heat
  2. Whisk all wet ingredients in a bowl until well mixed.
  3. dip bread in egg mixture
  4. cook on heated skillet until browned un both sides
  5. serve with Z's Very Berry Sauce
  6. or desired syrup.
  7. Other topping options are berries and 0% greek yogurt, cottage cheese (2%) or a dollop of whipped cream!
  8. Enjoy!
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Breakfast
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Soups and Chili

Z’s Loaded Cajun Soup

THM-FP, Keto, Low fat, Low carb

Cajun seasoning anyone?

The other night I got a hankering for something spicy….

Ever wonder why cajun seasoning is so awesome? Because it is full of yummy spices! I didn’t make a homemade one for this recipe, but I wish I did, now that I know what’s in it, it really is so easy to make.

  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • black pepper
  • onion powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • red pepper flakes

That’s it! It sure does make some yummy dishes too! Yum!

Question…What comes into your head when you pull out that jar of cajun seasoning? Yesterday, I asked my husband that question, and he said, “I think of something yummy and spicy”. I just laughed and he looked over at me, and said, “whats so funny?”. After I stopped chuckling, I told him, “that is so not what comes to my mind when I think of cajun seasoning!”.

…I picture this guy when I pull out a jar of cajun seasoning…This guy…

I know…my mind. It’s weird.

But that’s just not what cajun seasoning is! AT ALL! It’s not some nasty sweaty cajun dude. It’s just a seasoning with yummy spices. I know not all people have my kind of imagination, but I ALWAYS picture this guy when I go to use cajun seasoning in any of my recipes.

I know…try to get that guys image out of your head.

Picture this instead…

Ok, now that the happy cajun thoughts are back….

“Cajun cooking actually comes from the native French-speaking Acadian decendents inhabiting Louisiana and parts of other Southern states. The “holy trinity” of bell peppers, onion and celery form the base of most dishes. Parsley, bay leaves, and scallions are commonly used, as well as garlic and cayenne pepper.” -thespicehouse.com

Although I didn’t have any bell peppers, I think that they would taste good int his soup. Feel free to experiment!

This ^ turns into this…

A Need for spice

The other night when I made this soup, I looked in my fridge, and it was jam packed. I had bought way too many groceries this week, and my fridge was bursting at the seams! I decided to make up a hearty soup with all the ingredients I had in my fridge, so I started whipping up an idea in my head.

I thought, “what can you make with ground turkey, carrots, shredded cabbage, chicken broth, celery and …[looking over to my spice rack] CAJUN SEASONING!!!!???!!??!?”

“ooooooo, CAJUN SEASONING!!!”, I thought. SO, I started making something. I had the need for spice!

I have been on a Fuel Cycle this week (Trim healthy mama), so I had to make the soup in the fuel pull category. This is A FUEL PULL! Yay for spicy yumminess on your FP days!

It can easily be made a S or an E. If you want it ti be an S, add a bunch of cheese or sour cream, and if you want it to be an E, just add beans or quinoa to it! Easy peasy!

This soup came out SOOOOOO yummy! Full of flavor! It also keeps well in the fridge. I had it for lunch the next day and it was just as yummy!

z's loaded cajun soup
Im hungry again!

 

The Recipe

So, without further adieu….here it is….

Serves Serves 8

Z’s Loaded Cajun Soup

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 3 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 whole stalk of celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bag finely shredded cabbage (6 cups) or 1 whole cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 1 tbs course ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-4 tbs cajun seasoning

Instructions

  1. In a big pot or dutch oven, saute the butter, minced garlic and onion until soft.
  2. Add in the chopped carrots and celery. Cook until soft, mixing frequently.
  3. In a separate pan, brown the ground turkey and add the salt, cayenne pepper, paprika and cajun seasoning to the cooking meat. I like a lot of salt, but you can salt it to taste too 🙂
  4. After the veggies get soft, add in the chicken broth and water.
  5. Add in the rest of the spices.
  6. When the meat is cooked thoroughly, add the meat to the pot.
  7. Mix everything together let let simmer medium high for 20 minutes.
  8. About 3 minutes before serving, add 3/4 of the cabbage and turn the heat off.
  9. Serve with shredded cabbage on top and or a dollop of low fat sour cream. If you want an S or Keto, add lots of cheese (Colby jack).
  10. Enjoy!
Cuisine: Cajun | Recipe Type: Soup
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Enjoy! -Z

Soups and Chili

Z’s “Texas” Chili (THM-E)

This is my go-to “signature” chili recipe! It is not only delicious, but hearty! It’s not your typical “all meat” chili. It has meat, beans and big chunks of tomato, all in a thick creamy bowl! The best part about this chili?? It’s SO easy! All you do is basically dump everything in a pot and cook!

I’ve adapted it through the years, to become a THM-E meal. It is full of yummy and healthy carbs, so it is very filling!

look at that chunky bowl of amazingness! I’m drooling already!

I’m not really sure why I started calling it my “Texas chili”. Maybe because of its big and hearty nature. But I called it that, and the name has stuck!

The Great State of Texas

My family and I just recently visited the great state of Texas (I also left a piece of my heart there…boohoo), and after seeing its beauty and grandeur, I was proud to call one of my signature dishes after such a state. Our family trip there was absolutely fantastic! We had such a blast being there for almost a month! Like I said before, I think I left a little piece of me there. Id love to go back someday and spend more time there again.

Texas food is amazing! It is super-sized and full of flavor! We encountered so many BBQ places while we were there, and to my husbands satisfaction, ate at a lot of those said places.

Z’s Texas Chili

I used to make this chili in a crock pot, but I started making it in my dutch oven and it works just as good. Either way, it is super easy, fast to make, and great for those cold winter nights when you want something hearty and comforting.

To start the recipe: Turn heat to medium high and heat about 2-4 Tbs olive oil (or butter) in your pot. Add Minced garlic and chopped onion, and saute until soft. Make sure to keep mixing if you are using your dutch oven.

After the garlic and onions have turned soft, add your ground turkey. Cook until browned. I usually add salt and pepper to taste, while I am cooking the meat.

After meat is browned, add in the chicken broth and canned items. Just dump them all in! Then add the spices. I usually mix, and let simmer for about 20 minutes. After the chili starts bubbling a little bit, turn heat down to medium and take some of the broth out and in a bowl or large measuring bowl. Add your sour cream to the measuring bowl, and mix with whisk until sour cream melts completely.

Now you will have an orange looking chili, instead of a reddish looking chili. That’s good! Pour the sour cream mixture back in to the pot and mix.

Repeat the process of taking out some broth (about 2 cups), and instead of adding sour cream, add in your sprouted whole wheat flour. (for thicker chili, repeat this flour process twice). Whisk until creamy.

Note: Depending on how thick you like your chili, will depend on how much flour to add. I like mine really thick, but you can add less flour if you like a more “soupy” consistency.

Add the flour mixture back in to the pot, and mix well.

Serve hot with cilantro, a little cheese (to keep it an THM-E meal), and my favorite cheat add -on: Fritos!

 

Enjoy!

Please let me know how it turns out! Would love to see pictures of yours, and feedback!

Serves 6-8 people

Z’s “Texas” Chili

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 2-4 Tbs Olive oil
  • 4 Heaping Tbs Minced Garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 6 cups of Chicken broth
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans black beans
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 (7 oz) can of green chili
  • 1 (8 oz) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can of whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 Cup low fat or fat free sour cream
  • 2 Tbs salt
  • 1 Tbs course ground pepper
  • 3 Tbs New Mexico ground chili powder
  • 2 Tbs Cumin
  • 1 Tbs Oregano
  • 2 Tsp Paprika
  • 1-2 Tsp cayenne pepper (depending on spice level. I use 1 Tsp)
  • 1 1/2 Cups sprouted whole wheat flour

Instructions

  1. Heat oil and add minced garlic and chopped onion.
  2. Saute until soft.
  3. Add Ground turkey and cook until browned, adding a few shakes of salt and pepper while cooking.
  4. After meat is browned, add in the chicken broth and all the canned items.
  5. Add in all spices.
  6. Cook until bubbling.
  7. Take out 2 cups of broth and add sour cream.
  8. Whisk until thoroughly mixed. Add sour cream mixture back into pot.
  9. Mix.
  10. Take out 2 more cups of broth and add Sprouted whole wheat flour and whisk until thick and creamy.
  11. Make sure get all the flour lumps out.
  12. ( Repeat the flour mixing once more if you like thick chili).
  13. Add flour broth back into the chili and mix well.
  14. Serve with cilantro, cheese (small amount if you want to keep it at a THM-E meal).
  15. Optional topping idea: Fritos mmmm 😉
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Chili

Notes

Stores in the fridge well.

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