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Fruit Pizza

I’m not a big sweets fan, but I do love this recipe. It’s a hit at parties and people always ask me for the recipe. It’s the perfect balance of sweetness and freshness with a little crunch. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Fruit Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg (16.5 oz) refrigerated, slice-able sugar cookie dough *
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lb. strawberries
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • Disposable aluminum rectangular or round pan

* If using a rectangular aluminum pan, you will need 1 1/2 packages of cookie dough. I used the left-over cookie dough to make cookies.

1. Heat oven to 375. PAM the disposable aluminum pan.

2. If using a rectangular pan, cut the cookie dough into 1/4 inch thick slices. You might also need an additional package of cookie dough. If using a round pan, cut the cookie dough into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place the cookie slices around the pan, just touching.

Fruit Pizza Step 1

Starting in one corner, gently press the cookie slices towards the edge of the pan, forming a slight lip. Continue around the remaining edges of the pan. Once the edges are complete, repeat with the remaining cookie slices until you have an even crust. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden-brown.

Fruit Pizza Step 3

3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Using a hand mixing or standing mixer, beat until blended. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the baked cookie crust.

4. Rinse off the blue berries and strawberries. Slice the strawberries into thin, 1/4 inch thick slices. If you want to use the design I used in these images, separate the strawberry edges from the inner slices. Begin with the outside edges of the pan. Line the outer edges of the strawberries along the edges of the pan. For the inner lines, use the inner slices of the strawberries. As you can see in the image below, each line of strawberries alternate directions. Once your design is complete, create a border with the blueberries.

Fruit Pizza

Based off of the recipe found at Kraft Recipes.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Pizza, Sweets

 

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Candy Cane Cream Cheese and Cherry Danish

I’ve been told by several people that this is the best danish they have ever had. You be the judge.

It’s very simple to put together and looks impressive. Would be a great recipe to make Christmas morning with the family.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of crescent rolls (I used reduced fat)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, divided
  • 1+ cup powdered sugar
  • 1+ tbsp milk

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Separate the crescent rolls into 8 rectangles by pressing two triangular sections together. Set aside two of the rectangles for later. Arrange the remaining rectangles into a rough candy cane shape. I only used 5 rectangles, so I had 1 rectangle left over. I used it to make a small cherry popover.

Candy Cane Danish Step 2

Step 3: Using a paring knife, trace a rounded candy cane shape. When you’re happy with the design, use the knife to cut off the remaining dough. Some of the pieces may overlap quite a bit. If this happens, cut off some of the overlap. You only need 1/4 inch overlap. Pinch the pieces together.

Candy Cane Danish Step 3

Step 4: Combine the cream cheese and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Spread the cream cheese ontop of the crescent dough, leaving a 1/4 inch boarder around the edge.

Candy Cane Danish Step 4

Step 5: Open the can of cherry pie filling. Starting in the middle, carefully spoon the pie filing onto the cream cheese. I say be careful because the juice in the pie filling will spill over the edge if you’re not careful.

Candy Cane Danish Step 5

Step 6: Using a paring knife, cut the two rectangles you set aside in step 2 into 6 strips each.

Candy Cane Danish Step 6

Gently stretch these strips and lay them across the candy cane to make the stripes. Gently press the stripes into the edge of the danish to secure the stripes.

Candy Cane Danish Step 6b

Step 7: Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.

Step 8: While the danish is cooling, make the glaze. Combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tbsp milk, and the remaining 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Stir well. If the glaze is too runny, add more powedered sugar. If the glaze is too thick, add more milk. Once you’ve reached the right consistency, drizzle the glaze over the danish.

Candy Cane Danish

This recipe is great severed hot out of the oven or room temperature. Enjoy!

Based off of the recipe found on Made to be a Momma
 
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Posted by on December 21, 2014 in Breakfast, Holidays!, Sweets

 

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Jalapeno Popper Mummies!

I saw these adorable little things on Pinterest a few days ago and absolutely HAD to make them. Who doesn’t love stuffed foods? Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions then wrapped in crescent dough. Yummmm. Who could resist that? Once roasted, the jalapenos are crisp and have a little kick, though not too much. I will definitely be making this recipe again. Halloween recipe #3: Jalapeno Popper Mummies!

Jalapeno Popper Mummies

Ingredients

  • 1 container crescent rolls (I use reduced fat)
  • 7 fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces (I used Oscar Meyer maple cured turkey bacon)
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, white and greens
  • Candy eyeballs ($3.99 at Walmart in the Halloween or cake decorating isle)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Rinse the jalapenos, cut off the tops, slice in half lengthwise, and remove all seeds. Set the jalapeno halves aside.

Step 3: In a small mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions. Stir until combined.

Step 4: Spoon about 1 tbsp of the filling into each jalapeno half. Gently press the filling into the jalapeno with the back of the spoon and spread to fill the cavity.

Stuffed Jalapeno Popper Mummies

Step 5: On a flat, nonstick surface, layout the crescent dough. Separate the dough into 4 rectangles. Pinch together the two triangles that make up each rectangle so they don’t separate once cut. Using a pizza slicer, slice the dough lengthwise into 1/4 inch wide strips.

Step 6: Pick up one of the stuffed jalapenos. Gently pick up one of the crescent strips. Starting underneath the top of the jalapeno, gently wrap the dough around the jalapeno, overlapping slightly. I used 3 crescent slices per jalapeno: one at the top and two at the bottom, leaving a gap for the eyes between the top and bottom layers of dough. Place the completed jalapeno on the cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining jalapenos and crescent slices.

Raw Jalapeno Popper Mummies

Step 7: Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the crescent dough is golden brown on top.

Step 8: Place 2 of the candy eyes in the space between the top and bottom layers of crescent dough. Serve immediately.

Jalapeno Popper Mummies

Note: while these are best served hot and fresh, they do reheat in the microwave very nicely. Microwave 2 at a time for 30 – 45 seconds.

Recipe created by Me! : D
 
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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Appetizer, Holidays!

 

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Halloween Mummy Snacks

Halloween recipe #2: Halloween Mummy Snacks.

Halloween Mummy Snacks

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups garden vegetable cream cheese, softened
  • 10 celery stalks cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 3 slices deli sliced ham, turkey, or chicken
  • sweetened dried cranberries

Step 1: Spoon the cream cheese into a plastic Ziploc bag. Cut 1/2 inch off of one corner of the bag. Pipe the cream cheese into each celery piece.

Step 2: Cut the deli meat lengthwise into 1/4 inch wide strips then into 1 inch long pieces. Lay the meat slices over the celery and arrange to look like bandages. Use the tip of a knife to tuck the ends of the meat along the celery edge.

Step 3: Place the cranberries between the meat strips to look like eyes.

Halloween Mummy Snacks

Based off of the recipe found on BettyCrocker.com
 
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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Holidays!

 

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Spinach and Mushroom Smothered Chicken (Medifast & GF)

This entire recipe counts as 5 lean, 3 green, and 2 healthy fats. Feel free to double or triple the amount of spinach if you’re a spinach fan like I am. Personally, I didn’t think one 6 oz bag of spinach was enough, since it shrinks so much. This meal should be split into 4 servings of 1 chicken breast each. For a rounded Lean and Green meal, add 2 more greens.

If you’re going gluten free, make sure the cheese you use is labeled as certified gluten free.

Spinach and Mushroom Smothered Chicken

Ingredients

  • 6 oz bag raw spinach leaves
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (I use 2 frozen garlic squares because you don’t have to bother mincing the garlic yourself)
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground thyme
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese, reduced fat

Spinach and Mushroom Smothered Chicken

1. Preheat oven to 400. Sprinkle 1 tsp garlic powder, salt, and ground thyme on one side of the chicken breast. PAM a 9 x 13 glass casserole dish. Place breasts seasoned side up in the casserole dish. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.

2. If using frozen garlic, melt the garlic squares over medium-high heat in a large skillet. If using fresh garlic, mince the garlic cloves, lightly PAM the large skillet, and cook garlic over medium-high heat for 1 minute.

3. Remove the stems from the spinach and add leaves to the skillet one hand-full at a time. The spinach reduces significantly when it wilts. Cook until all leaves are wilted, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cream cheese to the wilted spinach and stir until melted. Remove from heat.

7. Gently wash the mushrooms and remove the stems. Slice the caps into 1/4 inch wide slices. Add the mushrooms to a large skillet and season with 1 tsp garlic powder, salt, and ground thyme. Cook over medium heat until browned, about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and combine with the creamed spinach.

5. Remove the chicken from the oven and flip the chicken over. Divide mushroom and spinach mixture over each chicken breast. Cover the chicken with one slice of mozzarella. Cook another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked throughout.

Enjoy!

Spinach and Mushroom Smothered Chicken

Based off of the recipe found on Bacon, Butter, Cheese & Garlic

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2014 in Chicken, Gluten Free, Medifast

 

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Puff Pastry White Pizza

Makes 4-6 servings. This recipe would work great as an appetizer at a party. You could cut the sheets into smaller pieces prior to adding the toppings to make bite size pizzas or cut into smaller pieces after baking.

I paired this recipe with Simple Seasoned Brussels Sprouts.

Ingredients

  • 1 puff pastry sheet (I use Pepperidge Farm)
  • 2 oz cream cheese (I use reduced fat)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use fat free)
  • 1 cup baby spinach, packed
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 8 oz package of John Soules Grilled Chicken Breast Strips or 1 chicken breast
  • 4 oz baby bella mushrooms
  • Oregano
  • Sweet Basil
Puff Pastry White Pizza

1. Unwrap the puff pastry sheet and set on an elevated surface to thaw. I place the folded sheet on top of the stove. I have an older gas powered stove, so the elevated grills work well for thawing. You can also place the sheet on top of a bowl. Whatever you use, just make sure air can circulate above and below to speed up the thawing process.

2. Preheat the oven to 400. Remove the garlic cloves from the head. Cut off both ends of each clove and remove the skin. Place naked garlic cloves in the middle of a piece of foil. Wrap the garlic up. Bake for 20 minutes.

3. In a small sauce pan, cook the cream cheese over low-medium heat until melted but still chunky. Add 1 tbsp milk and whisk until the milk is dissolved. Repeat until all milk is incorporated. If you add the milk to quickly, the cream cheese will not dissolve and the result will be a chunky unappealing looking sauce. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Chop the garlic into small pieces. Add to the sauce.

4. I try to keep at least one package of John Soules chicken on hand for those times that I don’t want to mess with thawing and cooking chicken. If you’re using John Soules, pour the chicken onto a plate and microwave for 2 minutes. Remove and cut into small, dime-sized pieces.

If you’re using a chicken breast, lightly salt the chicken and cook over medium-high heat until cooked throughout, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from heat and cut into small, dime-sized pieces.

5. Wash the mushrooms and remove the stems. Slice thinly then cut into dime-sized pieces. Remove the stems from the spinach. Stack a few spinach leaves then roll into small cylinder. Slice the spinach into 1/4 inch wide strips. Repeat with the remaining spinach.

Puff Pastry White Pizza

6. The sheet should have been folded into thirds, so use those lines to break into three even rectangles. Spoon about 1/4 cup of sauce onto each strip and spread evenly. If you have extra sauce, distribute evenly. Sprinkle oregano and basil over the sauce. Add the strips of spinach, chicken, and mushrooms. Top with grated parmesan and another sprinkling of oregano and basil.

7. Bake for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Puff Pastry White Pizza

Recipe created by Me! : D

 
 

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Grilled Zucchini Roll-ups with Herbs and Cheese (Medifast & GF)

Another classy and quick appetizer for any occasion!

For those on Medifast, this recipe equals about 7 greens and 4 healthy fats. The amount of greens depends on the amount of zucchini that you use. I’m not including olive oil in this calculation, since you can use PAM instead. This recipe doesn’t divide evenly, but you can split it into two servings of about 3 1/2 greens – slightly more than you need for a lean and green meal – and 2 healthy fats. You would need to add a lean to round out this meal.

Ingredients

  • 3 small zucchini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or PAM for Medifast
  • Salt
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 ounces baby spinach, stems removed
  • 1/3 cup basil leaves
Grilled Zucchini Roll-ups with Herbs and Cheese

1. If you have a George Foreman, preheat for 5 minutes. If you don’t have a George Foreman, you can use a grill or a grill plate over the stove. Using a mandolin, or a sharp knife, carefully slice the zucchini into 1/4 inch thick slices. You’ll probably want to discard the outermost slices, but leave on the skin. If you don’t have a mandolin, I suggest you invest in one. They’re inexpensive – I bought mine from Aldi for $4 – and versatile. I use mine regularly.

2. Lightly brush both sides of the zucchini with olive oil or lightly spray with PAM. Lightly season with salt. Grill the zucchini until tender, about 3 minutes for the George Foreman or 4 minutes per side on a grill. You don’t want the zucchini to be fall-apart-tender, you still want it to be a little firm. It needs to be tender enough to bend without breaking and firm enough to hold the filling.

Grilled Zucchini Roll-ups with Herbs and Cheese

3. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, parsley, rosemary, thyme, and 1/2 tsp salt.

4. Spoon about 1 tsp of the cheese mixture on one end of each zucchini slice. Gently spread the cheese mixture as best you can. I found that fingers work better than spoons, but it’s also a lot messier. Top the cheese with a few spinach leave and a small basil leaf.

Grilled Zucchini Roll-ups with Herbs and Cheese

Roll up the zucchini and place seam side down on a platter. I added a toothpick for easy distribution and eating.

Enjoy!

Grilled Zucchini Roll-ups with Herbs and Cheese

Based off of the recipe found on FoodNetwork

 

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Bacon Wrapped Herb and Cheese Stuffed Shrimp (Gluten Free)

What could be better than herb and cheese stuffed shrimp? Oh, that’s right, wrapping it in bacon! You’ll never order stuffed shrimp at a restaurant again!

Want to impress your friends, family, or co-workers with a tasty and impressive looking dish? Look no further!

You can assemble these ahead of time. Just pop them in the oven for 15 minutes whenever you’re ready and voila!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup parmesan, shredded
  • 8 oz cream cheese, reduced fat, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 lbs bacon
  • 12 – 16 oz medium raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails on
  • Toothpicks
1. Preheat oven to 375. Butterfly the shrimp: Hold a shrimp like a backwards C. Using a paring knife, insert the knife point just below the tail and slice an opening down the shrimp. Be careful not to slice all the way through. Gently open the shrimp. It should look kind of like a scorpion. Place on cutting board and repeat with the rest of the shrimp.

2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, parmesan, thyme, and rosemary. Stir until the herbs are thoroughly incorporated.

3. Slice the bacon in half both ways, creating fourths. Lay down 1/4 of a bacon slice. Place a shrimp on the bacon about 1 inch from one end. Scoop one heaping teaspoon of stuffing mixture on top of each shrimp.

4. Fold the short end of the bacon over the stuffing then wrap the rest of the bacon over and under the shrimp. Insert a toothpick to hold the bacon and filing in place. Repeat with the remaining bacon, shrimp, and stuffing.

4. Place the shrimp on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes, turning the sheet halfway. The bacon should be crisp and the shrimp should be slightly pink and opaque.

Remove the toothpicks and enjoy!

Bacon Wrapped Herb and Cheese Stuffed Shrimp

Bacon Wrapped Herb and Cheese Stuffed Shrimp

Bacon Wrapped Herb and Cheese Stuffed Shrimp

Recipe created by Me! : D

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Appetizer, Gluten Free, Seafood

 

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Jalapeno Popper White Chicken Chili

I made this recipe for a chili cook-off in October and won second place! I’ve never really been a fan of chili, but this recipe won me over. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never look at chili the same way again.

I like my chili thick, so I usually add another can of beans. If you want your chili thinner, add an extra cup of chicken stock.

I also serve my chili with Garlic Parmesean Breadstick Bites. Let me know if you’d like the recipe for that as well!

Jalapeno Popper White Chicken Chili

Jalapeno Popper White Chicken Chili

Jalapeno Popper White Chicken Chili

Jalapeno Popper White Chicken Chili

Jalapeno Popper White Chicken Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 small cans of green chilies
  • 1 bottle salsa verde (I use Taco Bell’s brand)
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound chicken
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans cannelloni beans
  • 1 can great northern beans
  • 1 can of sweet corn
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 slices of turkey bacon
  • Shredded Mexican cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Green onions, sliced
  • Cilantro

1. Cut off the tip and end of the jalapeno, slice in half, and remove all of the seeds. Cut the jalapeno into small pieces. In a food processor, combine the green chilies (do not drain) and jalapenos and pulse until smooth.

2. Finely dice the onion and garlic. Add the onions and garlic to a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beans and corn (do not drain), chicken stock, salsa verde, and jalapeno-green chili mixture. Cover and let cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile..

3. Trim the chicken of excess fat and lightly salt both sides. In a large Ziploc bag, combine the chili powder, ground cumin, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Add the chicken to the Ziploc bag, seal the bag, and lightly toss until the chicken is coated in seasoning.

Place the chicken in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until browned on both sides, about 5-7 minutes per side. Remove the chicken to a cutting board. While the chicken is still hot, cut the chicken into 1/2 inch wide strips then into 1/4 inch wide chunks. Add the chicken to the saucepan.

4. While the chicken skillet is still warm, add the cream cheese and stir until the cream cheese is soft and has absorbed the left-over seasoning from the skillet. If the cream cheese is not melting you may need to cook over low heat until soft. Add the cream cheese to the sauce pan.

5. Cut the bacon strips in half and cook in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy, turning once. Remove from heat and tear or cut the bacon into small pieces. Set aside.

6. To tell if the chili is done, taste one of the beans. You want the beans to be soft, but not mushy. When the beans are your desired consistency, remove from heat. Ladle into bowl and top with a dollop of sour cream, Mexican cheese, bacon bits, cilantro, and green onions.

Enjoy!

Recipe created by Me! : D

 
 

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Guilt-Free Creamy Salsa Verde Enchiladas

Unlike most chicken enchiladas recipes I have come across, this recipes features a light — not heavy – cream sauce made from reduced fat cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and salsa Verde. You can now enjoy guilt-free creamy chicken enchiladas! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup salsa Verde (I use Taco Bell’s brand)
  • 1 cup shredded 2% cheddar cheese, halved
  • 1/2 tsp + cumin
  • 1/2 tsp + chili powder
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 8 whole wheat and corn tortillas
  • Cilantro (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350.Trim the chicken of excess fat. Sprinkle one side lightly with chili powder and cumin, rub in with your fingers, and repeat with the other side. Cook the chicken breasts in large skillet over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes per side or until lightly browned, cooked throughout, and still juicy. If you find that the chicken is browning quicker than it is cooking, lower the heat.

2. Once cooked, remove the chicken to a cutting board. Keep the skillet. While still hot, slice the chicken into 1/4 inch wide strips, then into 1/4 inch wide or smaller pieces.

3. Add a tablespoon of the cream cheese to the skillet you cooked the chicken in. Using a wooden spoon, gently scrape the pan until all of the flavor and browned pieces have been absorbed into the sauce. You may need to place the skillet over medium heat to melt the cream cheese and loosen the bits.

4. Add the cream cheese from the pan and the remaining cream cheese into a large mixing bowl. Add the salsa Verde, 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, the green onions, cumin, and chili powder. Removed 2 cups of the cream cheese mixture into another bowl and set aside. Add the chicken to the remaining cream cheese mixture.

5. PAM a glass 9 x 13 casserole dish. Pour a thin layer of the reserved sauce into the pan and spread evenly.

6. Place a tortilla on a cutting board and add about 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture onto the tortilla. Roll up the tortilla and place it in the casserole dish seam side down. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

7. Spread the remaining reserved cream cheese sauce over the enchiladas and top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese.

8. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 10 more minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese is melted.

Top with chopped cilantro and green onions if desired. Enjoy!

Creamy Salsa Verde Enchiladas

Creamy Salsa Verde Enchiladas

Creamy Salsa Verde Enchiladas

Creamy Salsa Verde Enchiladas

Creamy Salsa Verde Enchiladas

Creamy Salsa Verde Enchiladas

Based off of the recipe found on Lets Dish

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Chicken, Mexican

 

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