Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easy Cheesey Turkitos

The three girls I work for are rather finicky with their foods- "....but what's IN it?" I've figured out the hard way that if I want them to eat something, I'd better stress that it is ground turkey or chicken in the recipe. This was a burrito experiment last night that went over to favored reviews! It has a delicious zesty cheese sauce on top, too.

Plan on about 15 minutes of prep time, and 15 or so minutes in the oven. Makes 6 burritos.


* 1/2 package extra lean Jennie-O ground turkey breast
* 1 cup frozen/canned organic corn
* 1 cup pre-cooked brown rice (I opened a single serve container of brown Minute Rice and just used that)
* 1/2 package taco seasoning
* 6 whole wheat tortillas
* glass baking dish

* 1 Tbsp flour
* 1 Tbsp butter (or butter spray for lower fat)
* 1/3 cup milk
* 1/2-1 cup 2% cheese
* 2 Tbsp salsa (I recommend Jack's Special Mild!)

* Start by preheating oven to 350.
* Sautee the ground turkey until the pinkness is gone. Add the rice and corn when the meat is almost cooked. When the meat looks white and brownish, add the taco seasoning with a little water, maybe a 1/4 cup. Don't worry- the water will cook off.
* I recommend microwaving the tortillas for 25 seconds before you fill them. (Makes them much easier to fold.) Fill each tortilla with about 3 or 4 spoonfuls of the turkey mixture. Fold each end in, then roll until it's a nice, neat burrito. Line them up in the baking dish. Go ahead and bake it for 5 minutes while you make the cheese sauce.
* FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE: It's my standard cheese sauce with a kick. Put the butter/spray butter in the pan and let it heat until it bubbles. Add the spoonful of flour, and I usually kind of smush it all together with a spoon. Add the milk, and get those butter lumps to mix with the milk. Again- the spoon smushing can help with that. Next, add the cheese, and stir until smooth and bubble. Add the salsa, and mix well.
* Pour the cheese sauce all over the tops of your burritos. Slide the pan back in the oven for another 10 minutes, or until the cheese gets a little brown and burritos are hot through.

Top with a heap of salsa when you eat it... just delish! I hope your family loves them as much as we did over here.

until later....

“To support mother and father, to cherish wife and child and to have a simple livelihood; this is the good luck.” ~ Buddha

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