(always get a grown-up to help you cook in the kitchen)
Last night we made Healthy (ish) beef mince Enchilada's...
(my mum & I had never tried them before, so Dad taught both of us a new yummy meal idea)
As we've made Spaghetti Bolognaise together a few times (so I can remember how to make things) dad reminded me this can be very similar ..but without the spaghetti!
We browned off 500g of mince in a big wok (or a shallow pan ,having drained off some of the fat) ,added lots of spinach ..don't worry you can't taste it but it's a superfood & really good for you, we have it on pizza too!
We chopped up an onion added some garlic, puree'd (whisked up) & roughly chopped tomatoes & basil to the mince (so it's just like spag bol at the moment)
Then added a can of baked beans (4 portions of 5 -a day in a can) various herbs & seasonings, & some worcester sauce & 150g of grated cheddar cheese.
we let this bubble & warm through on a slow heat, got our tortilla wraps & filled them with 2 tablespoons of our mix folded them over & lined them up in a big non stick pan.
Our oven was nice & hot (180c) ..but we weren't quite finished ..added some more cheese mozzarella & a chopped up bacon on the top of the bed of tortilla wraps...
Then we stuck them in the oven for around 20 minutes so the tortilla wraps weren't so soggy & the bacon was cooked..
I ate 2 big enchiladas & never would have known it had healthy spinach in it ...like my dad says (who used to hate veg & hid it in his pockets) .."I don't hate veg anymore I just haven't found the way I like to eat some vegetables ..YET"
It made for a really good but different meal from one of my favourite foods.
This took about 20 minutes to prepare & dig out all the ingredients (cooking is messy but fun with my dad) & another 20 minutes in the oven , get a parent or carer to help you if you feel like making this for yourself
you can make enchiladas with lots of different fillings & ingredients too! ...cubs CAN cook, how about you?
Why not plan with a parent or carers help to check for ingredients you have at home & what you might need to get whilst shopping! ..there are kits for Enchiladas but I bet you've got most of the ingredients for a great enchilada dish right now, at home, in cupboards, tins & in the freezer! ..plan it & show us your results & what you thought of your "made by me" meal!
(Always remember to clean your work surface, & wash your hands when preparing any food, especially where raw meat is involved)
..you could serve these on their own or with some plain rice.
Why not take a photo of what you have made & share it with everyone! ..it might count towards a badge
we used... 8 Soft Tortillas
500g of Beef mince
1 old onion from the bottom of the fridge (roughly chopped)
1 tin of DRAINED spinach (or you could wilt fresh spinach in the pan)
1 tin of baked beans
80-150g of grated cheese (any sort)
1 small pack of drained fresh Mozarella (if you want) .. ours needed eating up so we added it to make it creamier & not waste food!
chopped tomatoes, ..(a can or lots of fresh ones whizzed up into a gooey mess in a blender)
1 chopped up clove of garlic OR a teaspoon of garlic concentrate (from a squeezy tube or jar)
2. WASH YOUR HANDS REALLY WELL.
3. Get the pan nice and hot then carefully add a splash of cooking oil, ..(olive oil is healthiest ..if you have it) add in the in the minced beef, herbs & garlic seasonings and stir-fry over a medium heat until it’s browning, juicy and thoroughly cooked.
4. wash your Hands again because you handled raw meat!
5. when the beef mince is cooked ..Add your baked beans, tomatoes, DRAINED spinach , & heat through, then add 1/2 of your grated cheese to melt in & mix it in gently for a few more minutes (
6. To warm the Tortillas get an adult to pierce the packaging and microwave on full power for 35-40 seconds (cooking time may vary depending on microwave) or heat in the oven following the pack instructions. Keep them covered and warm until ready to serve.
8. Now, spoon the filling onto the middle of each warm Tortillas, wrap them up and place them fold down onto a lightly greased baking dish.
9. Pour over the remaining sauce and sprinkle over the rest of the grated cheese.
10. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10 minutes, until the cheese is brown and bubbling.
Take out the bubbling, cheesy enchiladas, serve them up and enjoy!
Chef Izzy's tip
Go veggie by replacing the meat with sliced button mushrooms and some butterbeans. Or beef it up with succulent strips of rump steak instead of chicken meat left-overs or beef / turkey mince.