From Scratch Light Sour Cream Enchiladas

Love sour cream? Chicken? Cheese? How does creamy, delicious, all from scratch enchiladas that won’t break your fat and calorie budget sound?

I’ve been a Weight Watchers Lifetime member for many, many years now, but while I can eat kale salads, chicken breast and sweet potatoes all day, my three boys and husband cannot. So I’m on a mission to collect some tasty, lower calorie staple recipes that will satisfy my needs with their ravenous, fat-loving appetites.

And I went looking for a creamy “white” enchilada recipe, but only found recipes with canned cream of chicken soup. And I just have a hard time feeding that stuff to my kids.

So I made my own sauce which isn’t nearly as much trouble as you’d think. Here is what you do:

Combine in a saucepan:
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup skim milk (or non-dairy milk)

Bring to a low boil. In the meantime, whisk together 3/4 cup flour with 1 cup of milk and seasonings of choice (salt, pepper, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp. onion powder etc.). Turn the heat down to medium-low and slowly whisk in flour mixture. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until thickened. Set aside.

So that’s the cream of chicken soup. Easy peasy? Yep.

Here’s the enchilada part:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Ingredients:

8 oz light cream cheese
5 cups shredded chicken breast (I used rotisserie chicken)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
16 oz light sour cream
8 oz light cheddar cheese
10 whole wheat tortillas

Use a mixer to combine cream cheese and seasonings. Fold in chicken. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Divide chicken mixture evenly between the 10 tortillas, roll up and place in dish. Whisk the light sour cream into the cream of chicken soup. Pour over the wrapped tortillas. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake for 30-40 minutes until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling. I served with broccoli, but you could do any veggie or a tex-mex salad with lettuce, black beans, tomato and avocado and my favorite light dressing, Bolthouse Avocado Dressing.

 

Fixer Upper Style Home Remodeling Plan

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan
Come along with me on my dream Fixer Upper style remodeling plan for a beautiful house in desperate need of a refresh!

When working as a realtor I spent a lot of time in other people’s houses and my mind did a lot of mental redecorating and remodeling. One house in particular had been sitting on the market a while which is bad news for houses. The ones that sit are like the wallflowers at the dance, skimmed over and easily forgotten.

This house was like that. It was like your plain Jane friend that you swear would be a total knockout with a little hair and makeup.

Well, houses take a little more work and money than that, but I would love to do real “Fixer Upper” on this one. I can’t (it finally sold), but I did have a little fun finding ideas “a la Joanna Gaines” that I think would look great and I’m sharing them in this post! Ready to have a little fun?

Front Door – Before

The current front door had beautiful windows all around it, but the door itself was covered by an etched glass storm door. The actual door was just a basic black. My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Front Door

After

In my dream fixer upper style remodeling plan I would remove the storm door and bring in a beautiful wood door like the one below. New black hardware would complete the clean classic look. (Welcome decal is by Custom Vinyl By Design on Etsy). Add two urns with flowers for a welcoming pop of color.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Front Door After

Dining Room – Before 

The dining room had “beautiful bones” as they say. The light fixture was really formal, though, as was the wallpaper.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Dining Room Before

After

It would just take a simple soft rug, a gorgeous French country dining table and a simplified, yet elegant light fixture from the playbook of our home girl Joanna Gaines to get this dining room up-to-date.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Dining After

The Kitchen – Before

This kitchen was big with tons of cabinets, a huge island and a window over the sink. But the stain on the cabinets was outdated as was the florescent light. Also, the island was an awkward, sort of octagonal shape. My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Kitchen Before

After

Pulling more inspiration from Joanna Gaines, you could enlarge the island either using butcher block or change all the granite to a pretty gray marble if you had the budget. It would be easy to replace the florescent light with glass pendant lights, as well as add subway tile and paint the cabinets a creamy white.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Kitchen After

 Before – Sunroom

The sunroom is a bonus space the owners added on. It’s bright and light and only needs a little refreshing.
My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Sunroom Before

After

I would remove the shelving around the top of the windows as well as the window treatments and paint a neutral taupe or gray. I think you could even reuse the furnishings, but just update the seat seat cushions. Taking down the arbor over the patio would also allow in more light.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Sunroom After

And if I had a pie in the sky budget I would replace the tile with beautiful brick in a herringbone pattern just like this.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Sunroom Floor

Before – Master Bedroom

The last thing I would tackle would be the master bedroom. It’s a clean slate, so you could really do anything with this space. The dark hardwood flooring makes a beautiful backdrop.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Master Before

After

The picture above doesn’t show it but there are two windows on the far left wall, so the bed could fit in between like the one below. I love the soft, luxe look of the headboardbedding and chairs. A cozy rug, an elegant chandelier and soft drapery would complete the look.

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling Plan_Master After

I hope you enjoyed this little mental makeover! It’s fun to play Joanna Gaines and dream a little. 🙂 If you like these looks, be sure to check out my Pinterest board, A La Fixer Upper, for more Gaines-esque ideas and inspiration.

Blessings!

Susan