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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.

 

My “Fixer Upper” Style Remodeling Plan

My Fixer Upper-Style Remodeling PlanAs a realtor I spend a lot of time in other people’s houses, so my mind does a lot of mental redecorating and remodeling – it’s one of my favorite things about real estate. One house I’ve been trying to sell in particular has been sitting on the market a while which is bad news for houses – they are like the wallflowers at the dance, skimmed over and easily forgotten. This house is like that, like your plain Jane friend that you swear with just a little mascara, a curling iron and a better fitting pair of jeans, would be a total knockout.

Well, houses take a little more work and money than that, but I’d give anything for the budget to buy this baby and pull a “Fixer Upper” on it. Since I don’t, I’ve been having a little fun finding ideas that would work “a la Joanna Gaines” and I’m sharing them in this post! Ready to have a little fun?

Front Door – Before

The current front door has beautiful windows all around it, but the door itself is covered by an etched glass storm door and the actual door is just a basic black. Front Door Redo

After

I would remove the storm door and bring in a beautiful wood door like the one below with new black hardware for a clean classic look. (Welcome decal is by Custom Vinyl By Design on Etsy). Two urns with flowers would add a welcoming pop of color.

Front Door - After

Dining Room – Before 

This room has “beautiful bones” as they say. The light fixture is really formal, though, as is the wallpaper.

Dining Room - Before

After

It would just take a simple, soft rug (like this one from Waverly.com), a gorgeous French country dining table and a simplified, yet elegant light fixture – all from the playbook of our home girl Joanna Gaines.

Dining Room - After

The Kitchen – Before

This kitchen is big with tons of cabinets, a huge island and a window over the sink, but the stain on the cabinets is outdated as is the florescent light.

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.

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.
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 updated the seat seat cushions. Taking down the arbor over the patio would also allow in more light.

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.

Brick 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 and the dark hardwood makes a beautiful backdrop.

Master Bedroom

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 bedding and chairs. A cozy rug, an elegant chandelier and soft drapery would complete the look.

Bedroom - After

I hope you enjoyed this little mental makeover! It’s fun to play Joanna Gaines and dream a little, get ideas so that maybe one day we’ll have the opportunity to do a real makeover for ourselves. If you like these looks, be sure to check out my Pinterest board A La Fixer Upper for more ideas and inspiration.

Blessings!

Susan

Daily Dish Weight Watchers Eating Plan

Hello and welcome to another Daily Dish! It’s another day of healthy eating today, though if I am honest, the chocolate has been calling my name today. Ugh! I think it’s the weather. Well, aside from that I feel pretty good about today and I’m about to embark on a 30 minute exercise video, so hopefully that will burn off some of those chocolate calories.

DAILY DISH

My meals today started with one of my standards – egg and toast with avocado. I wake up excited for this meal. I don’t know what it is… maybe the crispiness of the toast with the drippy egg and then the savory avocado. Yyyyyyummmm! And of course, hot tea on the side. It’s just the perfect hot breakfast for me.

Lunch was a tuna melt, albeit a skinny one. Then yes, there was some chocolate this afternoon. But dinner is the what I’m most excited for – Lasagna Soup! Skinnytaste.com has lots of delicious recipes and this is a family favorite. I also get a ton of ideas off of Skinnymom.com (are you seeing a theme here?). My husband has liked almost every recipe I’ve made from that site so far – they offer lightened versions of the things you might normally eat, so it satisfies him and allows me to stay on track.

So without further ado and because I’ve got to get to my workout before dinner, here’s today’s Daily Dish!

Breakfast
Fried egg cooked in olive oil cooking spray on a slice of toast with a tbs of avocado.

Total: 5 points

Snack
1 banana

Lunch
4 oz tuna mixed (1 point!) with 2 tbs Bolthouse avocado dressing (2 points) on a sandwich thin. I toasted it 3with a couple tomato slices and chopped up a lite string cheese to melt on top. Really good! The dressing was a perfect substitute for mayo and more flavorful.
1 apple

Total: 7 points

Snack
2 white cheddar rice cakes (2 points)
1 block Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate bar (3 points)

Total: 5 points

Dinner
Lasagna Soup from Skinnytaste.com

Total: 9 points

I’ll have 4 points leftover for the day, so maybe I’ll spend them on chocolate or maybe a few white cheddar rice cakes or maybe for an extra scoop of ricotta cheese in my lasagna soup. I weigh in tomorrow and I’ve been doing pretty well with the eating, so I’m hoping for a good report. Till then, best of luck with your daily eating and thanks for taking the time to read the Daily Dish!

Blessings!

Susan