I’m back! For those who don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I was gone all week at a wedding in Las Vegas. I apologize for my absence, but I had an amazing time and now I’m home and excited get cooking!
This was a great recipe to come back to after my trip– warm, spicy, creamy, cheesy and comforting. No one will believe this is a lightened up recipe! Each serving is chock full of smoky sausage, creamy sauce, spicy tomatoes and chiles and hearty pasta. Not only is this dish packed with flavor, but it comes together super fast. You don’t even have to pre-cook the pasta! It also doesn’t dirty a lot of dishes (which is a real bonus to me because I hate doing dishes). The sauce has the perfect spicy kick, but if you want it to be milder, you could use mild Ro-Tel and cheddar cheese instead of pepper jack.
This is the perfect weeknight meal. It’s fast, easy, flavorful, comforting and Weight Watchers and calorie counter friendly. You may want to keep the ingredients on hand because this could become your new go-to dish!
Have you ever known a couple that you never would have thought of for each other but it turns out they’re absolutely perfect together? That’s basically how you’re going to feel about these enchiladas. Buffalo wings and Mexican? An unfamiliar combination to be sure, but both have spicy undertones and rich flavors that are often complemented by a cool, creamy contrast like blue cheese dressing or sour cream. When I first thought about making Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas I was just thinking of using straight Buffalo wing-type ingredients: wing sauce, celery, blue cheese, etc. Then I thought of adding some Mexican seasoning as well and the more I considered it, the more convinced I became that this could be a match made in Heaven. Luckily I was right. The chili powder and cumin give some nice depth of flavor to the heat from the wing sauce.
In my first attempt at these I went half and half on the wing sauce to tomato sauce ratio and it was delicious, but I had to guzzle milk afterward to cool the mouth-fire I’d ignited. I made them a second time using the ratio below and this is definitely my recommended ratio – not mouth-fires, but still a nice spicy kick. As stated in my ingredient footnote below, feel free to adjust based on your personal heat preferences.
I’m so happy that two of my favorite dishes can be married in such perfect flavor harmony. This is definitely a dish I’ll be making again and 2 enchiladas feel like a steal at 314 calories or 8 Weight Watchers Points+. Why decide between two cuisines when you can have the best of both worlds all rolled up in the same tortilla?
Valentine’s Day can be a very divisive holiday. Regardless of whether they’re attached or single, people seem to either absolutely love this holiday and go all out or hate everything it stands for with a passion. Personally, I like it (which I guess puts me in the middle). Although we should of course appreciate our loved ones every day of the year, I think it’s nice to have a day set aside specifically to show the people you love that you care. It doesn’t have to be a significant other, it can be your best friends or your family. It also doesn’t have to be about buying extravagant gifts or boxes of chocolates (though obviously it’s totally okay if that’s included!). I think it should be about finding ways to show or tell the people in your life that you love and appreciate them.
With all that said, what better way to show your husband/wife/parents/girlfriend/boyfriend/best friend/brother/sister/fiancé/neighbor/co-worker/mailman/pizza-delivery-boy that you love and appreciate them than with cheesecake? Mmm. Specifically, sweet, creamy cheesecake smothered in a gooey cherry topping and individually packaged into neat little individually-portioned cups. *Swoon* Plus they’re secretly light at only 113 calories or 3 Weight Watchers Points+ each and they take less than 10 minutes of prep time. Cheesecake is probably my absolute favorite dessert, so if you’re looking for the way to my heart with Valentine’s Day only a week away, you found it!
For other light but decadent sweets for your Valentine, see Chocolate Fruit Dip, Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries, Chocolate Crepes with Raspberry Sauce or Black Forest Cupcakes!
I meant to post these in time for them to be added to your Super Bowl menu. Actually, I originally made them a few days ago (plenty of time!) but I thought they needed some tweaks so I didn’t get to post the final product until today. You still have a few hours to run out and buy the ingredients if you’re so inclined!
I got the idea for these from the Pepperoni Pizza Mini Puffs I’ve made and enjoyed in the past. I figured it’d be pretty easy to use the base from those and change the flavors to something equally as tasty. I made these pretty basic but you could definitely add in other things to customize them to your liking: chopped tomatoes, pickles, jalapenos, mushrooms, or whatever else you like to put on burgers. I think I might try them with a few chopped grape tomatoes or some chopped pickles next time. I recommend serving these with ketchup and mustard for dipping – it gives you the full burger flavor experience.
These are super quick to throw together and the recipe can easily double to feed a larger crowd. Perfect for a party but also easy enough for just a snack. Get all the cheeseburger flavor you love in each little puff!