As with most households cooking the last meal of the day is often a hassle in my home. When my family arrives after school or work they are ready to eat, and after I come in the door I need to move faster than a pizza delivery driver. The bad habit of stopping by a fast food restaurant is a thing of the past in our home. The NuWave Infrared oven helped in convincing my family a nutritious dinner is better than the constant flow of pizza and burgers we used to dine on. One recipe that won the argument was Southwest Style Enchiladas.
Living in the Southwest part of the U.S., one big plus to NuWave cooking over conventional type ovens is you aren’t stuck in a hot kitchen for long. After a summer day spent dreading getting into the car and touching a steering wheel you would swear actually sizzles against your fingers the prospect of making a meal is much easier with this method of cooking. Enchiladas are a huge favorite in our house, but in the past it meant heating up our standard oven to 400 degrees. With NuWave the prep is much easier, and you won’t have to turn up the air conditioner to cook.
With prep this easy you’ll have time to make a Southwest style salad to go with the main course. You can use either ground beef or ground turkey. Both taste great, but the turkey is not only the healthier choice, it’s also less expensive.
What You Will Need
- 1 pound of either ground beef or turkey per 3 people. Add ½ pound of meat per person if you are cooking for a larger group.
- 16 ounces of black or green olives. You can buy the olives whole, and slice them yourself if you prefer.
- 16 ounces sour cream or light sour cream.
- 2-3 cups shredded cheese or non-fat cheese. Again, if you are cooking for more than three people added a half cup of cheese per individual.
- 1 medium onion.
- A package of burrito sized tortillas. You will need at least 6, but if more people will be enjoying the meal look for a package of 8 to 12.
- 1 20 ounce can of red enchilada sauce. If your family isn’t used to a very spicy meal look for the mild or medium sauce and avoid the “hot”.
- 1 regular sized can (10 ¾ ounces) tomato soup. Here you want to look for the undiluted variety.
- 1 ¼ package of taco seasoning.
For a cool salad that goes well with this meal you need:
- 3 cups shredded lettuce.
- 1 diced Bell Pepper.
- 1 large sliced cucumber.
- Small pieces of tortilla chips or croutons.
The best salad dressing for your salad with this meal is a creamy ranch.
Prepping the Meal
Chop the onion then brown it in a pan with the meat you’ve selected. You can use a light oil, or simply use a product to keep the ingredients from sticking to the pan.
When the meat and onions are brown add the package of taco seasoning over the meat along with a ½ cup of water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Leave the pan on warm until you are ready to combine the tomato soup and enchilada sauce together in a bowl.
Place the tortilla on a pan or plate and spread the combined ingredients you’ve prepared inside along with a spoonful of sauce. The meat should be spread carefully along the middle. Cover the meat and sauce with a layer of cheese and then roll up the tortilla.
Here’s the fun part. Using a conventional oven you would need to cook your creation for 30 minutes or more, but in the NuWave this time is cut in half. Set the timer for 15 minutes. After this time, the enchiladas should be cheesy, and tasty, but if you want the cheese a bit more “crusty” you can give it a few more minutes.
You have just enough time to slice and dice the ingredients for a salad. In a bowl place the shredded lettuce, diced Bell Pepper, and sliced cucumbers together. Mix these with a light touch and if you desire you can add a sprinkle of cheese on top. Crushed, crunchy tortilla chips are a good topping in place of croutons.
Fast, Easier, and Healthier
The NuWave Infrared Oven will cut the cooking time in half, and it will not create an overly warm environment in the kitchen. This is after all the reason the NuWave Oven, official site here, was designed. Having a smarter, faster alternative to the conventional oven is a boost for our family as we combat the bad habit of fast food. It’s possible to cook even un-thawed meats depending on the recipe.
Having a NuWave oven takes the cook out of the kitchen in less time, and along with a healthier dish, you have time to unwind and enjoy time with friends and family.