Sunday, July 14, 2013

Enchilada Rice

Happy Sunday!  I hope you had a great weekend!  Our weekend was pretty relaxing.  Saturday we took in our town's parade as part of its summer festival.  Someone in our house got especially good at collecting candy (and it wasn't me!)

Today we did a little retail therapy at the mall and got the house ready for a play-date I am hosting tomorrow.  When we moved I joined a mom's group here in town and July is my month to host an event.  I haven't been as active in the group as I should be, so I'm hoping tomorrow will be a chance to meet some mom's in town. 

For supper tonight we tried a new dish - Enchilada Rice.  Rice, ground turkey, beans, peppers, onions, olives and some spices make this dish delicious.  It's not too spicy, which I like, and was kid approved! 

I modified a recipe I found on Pinterest to make it allergy friendly.  You could totally change up the recipe and use ingredients you already have at home!

I started by making 2 cups of rice.  I used Minute Brown Rice.  While the rice was cooking, I sautéed one chopped red pepper, half of a red onion chopped and a pound of ground turkey in a sauce pan.  You could totally use ground beef instead.  We've just had a lot of hamburger lately, so I decided to change it up a bit. 

While the turkey is cooking, make up your 'sauce.'  I used a container of soy yogurt.  It happened to be vanilla flavored because the local grocery store was out of plain.  I thought the vanilla was fine.  I couldn't taste the vanilla flavoring.  You could use sour cream or plain Greek yogurt instead too!  To the yogurt add a can of black beans and 2 cups green enchilada sauce.

Once the turkey mixture is fully cooked, add in a few dashes of ground cumin and chili powder.  We don't like things too spicy around here so I didn't add very much.  It's totally up to you!

Then add the 'sauce' and rice to the meat mixture.  Allow it to heat up and you are set!  I chopped up some olives for the hubs and babies.  Well baby.  The little one just stared at me while I ate.  Pretty sure he's ready for big boy food.  Our daughter stuck olives on every finger and then ate them.  She's such a goofy girl sometimes.  I am not an olive fan.  Cheese would be delicious on top of this, but we are a cheese free house and I haven't found any fake cheese that is as good as the original.  If you had a brand you like - let me know!

I hope you enjoy it.  We really liked it and will be adding it to our eat again list!  Have a great rest of your weekend!

Enchilada Rice
modified from

2 cups uncooked rice
1 pound ground turkey
1 red bell pepper chopped
1/2 medium red onion chopped
1 can of black beans
2 cups green enchilada sauce
1/4 cup or one container soy yogurt
1 can of black olives
Chili Powder

1.  Make rice according to package directions
2.  Brown turkey in a large pan with pepper and onions
3.  In a bowl mix together black beans, enchilada sauce, yogurt and olives (or sprinkle the olives on top when you are done!)
4.  When meat mixture is fully cooked add cumin and chili powder to taste
5.  Add black bean mixture (the sauce) and rice to the meat and allow to heat on the stove. 
6.  Once heated - ENJOY!

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