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I don’t normally post on the weekends, but I’ve been going through my photos and realized that I have quite a few dishes that I have not posted about that are gathering dust. This one, for instance, is from back in February, and I have some that are even older. So why haven’t I posted about them? Well, I don’t like the photos!! Most of my photos are not anything compared to some bloggers out there, but I don’t ever want the photo to scare people away from making a recipe, thinking that it doesn’t look that great, so it probably doesn’t taste that great. In fact, some of my worst photos are of some of the most tasty things I’ve made – mostly because we couldn’t wait to eat while I tried to make it look it’s best!

So now, I’m going to try doing a “Bad Photo Sunday” so that I can post some of these recipes.

I am an enchilada fan. I used to make them a lot – especially on those throw-something-together nights, because you can basically do just that – throw them together. That being said, most of the enchiladas I make are not authentic Mexican, but delicious nonetheless. These were no exception. I was a little worried about them when I started them, though. They come from a Weight Watchers cookbook, and they contain no enchilada sauce. This is something I am used to having, so they seemed a bit dry going together. So when we sat down to eat and discovered that we both really liked them, it surprised us! As written, there is still 400 calories per enchilada, and even though they were good, I would still consider adding a few more calories and pouring some enchilada sauce over the top.

So don’t let the photo fool you! Despite the less than perfect photo, these were still delicious!

Easy Enchiladas
from Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook

2 teaspoons canola oil
1/2 pound hot Italian turkey sausage, casings removed (I used sweet Italian pork sausage)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup canned stewed tomatoes
3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 (6-inch) flour tortillas (I used whole wheat)
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with non-stick spray.

In a large skillet, heat the oil. Cook the sausage, bell pepper and onion, stirring frequently to break up the sausage. Cook until browned, about 6-8 minutes. Add the chili powder and cumin; cook, stirring for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, both beans, and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Place the tortillas on a work surface. Spoon the mixture down the center of the tortilla, then roll the tortilla up. Place it, seamside down, in the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Sprinkle the rolled enchiladas with the cheese. Bake until heated through and the cheese is melted – 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 servings

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22 Responses to Bad Photo Sunday – Easy Enchiladas

  1. Madam Chow says:

    I can empathize with how hard it is to take photos of food, particularly of something brown! But your blackberry pie bars look amazing!

  2. glamah16 says:

    I can get past the pictures and just imagine how good they are!

  3. Kalyn says:

    I get so frustrated when I cook something good and don’t like the photo, so I can really relate to this!

  4. Vicarious Foodie says:

    This is a great idea and I wish I thought of it first! Some of my favorite dishes are ones that aren’t very photogenic, and I usually don’t even bother trying. But your idea to celebrate those dishes is wonderful. I love it!

  5. Sylvie says:

    If you think that’s a bad photo, you should see some of the once I’m hiding. ;)

  6. Emiline says:

    Bad photo Sundays sounds like a great idea! I have a couple of posts that I’m storing up, like you. You might as well post them since you went to all of the time, work, money, etc.

    I love enchiladas. They look tasty to me.

  7. Elle says:

    Hahaha–I love this idea! I have some of those, too, and one of them in enchiladas. It’s just not easy to get to look right!

    I’m sure these are delicious, they look really good!

    You should hold an event, so everyone can submit their not-so-great photos!

  8. Kevin says:

    I am an enchilada fan as well though I don’t make them often enough. I have a folder with a bunch of photos that did not turn out that great as well…

  9. noble pig says:

    I think they look good but that’s a good weekend thing to start. You could be like weekend herb blogging and have people host. The dishes that they make will never go to waste becuase of the ugly photo!

    I think you would have lots of submissions.

  10. ashley says:

    love this idea! i hate it when the photos come out so crappy you don’t want to post the recipe (although i don’t think the photo is that bad really!)

  11. Mary says:

    I usually take 20 photos for every 1 photo I post. And I think these enchiladas sound great! I have a weight watchers recipe for “skinny chimichangas” that’s delicious, but nothing special to look at!

  12. Sophie says:

    I looove sausage, but haven’t eaten it since before I had my gallbladder removed because I usually can’t stomach the fat-content. Do you know if the turkey sausage you used is lighter? I am looking for an alternative, I have a craving! :)

  13. maybahay says:

    hi deborah, like you i get frustrated when i’ve cooked something i absolutely love and then feel that the photos don’t do them justice. but then, we’re here for scrumptious food and recipes-not just photos!
    that enchilada looks like real food to me and i bet it was delish.

  14. Rosie says:

    Your photos always look stunning to me deborah, don’t hide them away. Your enchiladas look tempting and delicious!

    Rosie x

  15. Ann says:

    Food photos are such a tricky business… but these look pretty great! I love enchiladas with a passion. Must try your recipe…

  16. Sandy says:

    MMM, those look delic! I love making enchiladas and I’ll throw in whatever is in the cupboard & fridge … rice, beans, olives, sour cream. YUM.

  17. Veron says:

    It’s hard to take photos of food , they lose appeal very fast. But these look delicious Deborah, I don’t know why you thought otherwise.

  18. Brilynn says:

    I’ve got a backlog of ‘bad photos’ too and the older they are, the more likely they are to be bad because I probably took them in the winter when there was zero light available.

  19. Kelly-Jane says:

    It’s really frustrating as a blogger to cook comething fabulous and have a picture that you are not pleased with, such is life… I think they look good though!

  20. Toni says:

    I’m wondering if you could tell us the nutrition info on those, mainly the calories and how many enchiladas per serving. I want to give those a try.

  21. Toni says:

    Oops. I see it is in your original post. 400 per enchilada, hmmm. I like the idea of adding a sauce, I don’t think it would add that much more calories. It might add more nutritional value, especially if it was a tomatillo sauce.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hi- I found your blog and this enchilada recipe because I was looking for a way to use turkey sausage in a low calorie/point way. I am doing the weight watchers program and was excited to find this recipe. I know you gave the calorie content, but do you remember the points value? I could figure it myself if you could tell me the fat and fiber content?

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