Have you ever made a new recipe full of delicious ingredients that you know your family loves yet had skeptical, dubious children take one look and declare, "I don't LIKE that!" before they've even tasted it?
It drives me crazy.
My 3.5 year old Ellia is a real master at that kind of stuff. If she even thinks a dish might have onions in it, she automatically doesn't want to eat it. What makes it even worse is that she really doesn't mind onions, it's the 6 year old (Annika) who does. Ellia just wants to be like Annika, so she has to copy the onion-hating.
There was one time recently that Ellia was eating her peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch and she excitedly announced, "You can't even taste the onions!!!!"
Yep. I can't taste onions in my PB&J either. Wonder why that is.
I use onions a lot in my cooking, so there are many opportunities to use that phrase, I suppose.
So there was a small amount of skepticism when this dinner was presented, but once the reluctant eaters were persuaded to take a bite, there were no more complaints and the plates were emptied. Hurray! Score for Mom!
Many thanks to Grandma Loy's Kitchen, whose blog I was assigned to for this month's Secret Recipe Club.
Grandma Loy has lots of down-to-earth recipes with simple ingredients and easy preparation - like her Herbed Potato Frittata (which I made a version of on Saturday and it was amazing!), Apple Pear Streusel Pie, and Easy Pretzel Pralines (definitely trying those this fall).
I have really enjoyed reading through her blog and pinning all sorts of new things to try.
But I couldn't resist this entree option - I love enchiladas and pasta is always a hit with my family.....so I just knew these would be delicious. When Annika came in and saw me filling the shells, she was less than impressed with how the filling looked....but I made her take a little bite and she was immediately convinced.....this was an awesome meal. :) She couldn't wait to tell the others how good dinner was going to be! And we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
I included our favorite enchilada sauce that I use for this recipe - Grandma Loy has her own version that you can also check out. Or you can just use canned sauce.
P.S. This would make a GREAT potluck meal.
P.P.S. I bet it would also freeze really well....although I haven't tried it yet.
Enchilada Stuffed Shells
adapted from Grandma Loy's Kitchen
1 lb ground turkey or beef
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 cups frozen whole kernel corn
1 can (15 oz) pinto or black beans, drained and rinsed
4 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
2 (10 oz) cans enchilada sauce OR homemade recipe below
20 jumbo pasta shells, cooked according to package directions
2 cups shredded cheese - cheddar and Monterey Jack combined, divided use
Brown ground turkey or beef with onion, red pepper, and garlic. I like to sprinkle with garlic salt for flavor. Drain if necessary. Add corn, beans, cream cheese, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper and 2/3 cup enchilada sauce. Let cook for ~10 minutes. Cool slightly. Spoon about 2 heaping Tablespoons meat mixture into each cooked pasta shell. Place in a greased 13 x 9" dish. Sprinkle each shell with some of the cheese. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the shells. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes at 350°F. Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer.
Makes 10 servings of 2 shells each.
Enchilada Sauce: (makes enough for a double batch of stuffed shells - freeze half for another time if you don't need a double batch)
2 T. olive oil
1 T. flour
1/4 c. chili powder
2 c. chicken broth
10 oz. tomato paste
1 t. oregano
1 t. cumin
1/2 t. salt
In a large saucepan or skillet, heat 2 T. oil and then add flour, smoothing and stirring with a wooden spoon. Cook for 1 minute. Add chili powder and cook for 30 seconds. Add 2 cups broth, tomato paste, oregano, cumin and salt. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium/low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to develop.