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If you’re looking to re-purpose your Thanksgiving left-overs, or change up your regular chicken & rice recipe, here’s a budget-friendly dinner idea to add to your meal plan for the week!

I love to cook with Trader Joe’s ingredients. There are numerous reasons why I love Trader Joe’s foods. First, it’s because everything they make is super delicious! Second, it’s because they use only natural ingredients with no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. Third, it’s because they carry so many gluten-free & organic product options! Not to mention the super-friendly staff, the alphabet magnets or the array of holiday flyer items!! I really could go on & on! What’s one thing you love about Trader Joe’s? Maybe a favorite items? Please share it in the comments at the end of this post!

We got our Thanksgiving turkey from Trader Joe’s & were not disappointed. There’s something about going to Trader Joe’s during the holidays that encourages traditions & festivity. Speaking of tradition, making turkey enchiladas with Thanksgiving day left-overs was something my grandma always did. She would use whatever was left on the bones of the turkey from our huge family gatherings. It’s nice that I’m able to pass down these traditions to my kiddos & avoid waste, all at the same time!

In addition to loving the store, we love their enchilada sauce (pictured) & corn/flour tortillas, which have become a staple in our Mexican dinners, like tacos & the enchilada recipe I’m sharing today. We like to pair Mexican food recipes with a can of black beans & our Chipotle inspired cilantro lime rice. These enchiladas are easy, filling & delicious! We like adding them to our weekly meal plan!

Estimated cost of dinner:

$2.50 1 bag of cheese

$2.50 Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce

$2.00 tortillas

$7.00 total for the enchiladas because had the leftover turkey & Greek yogurt.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • turkey and/or chicken

  • enchilada sauce

  • tortillas

  • Greek yogurt

  • cheese

We use these Pyrex glass baking dishes because they’re easy to store & are super durable. We’ve had them for years.

Preparation instructions:

If you don’t have leftover Thanksgiving turkey, like we did, then you’re going to want to prepare chicken (or turkey).

  • preheat oven to 375 degrees

  • season & cook chicken (I use garlic powder, salt & pepper)

  • heat tortillas

  • shred cooked chicken & add about 1/2 c of Greek yogurt

  • load up all of the tortillas, roll them & place into baking dish

  • add enchilada sauce

  • add cheese

  • place into oven for 25 minutes (or until cheese is completely melted — time will vary depending on oven)

In the end, dinner shouldn’t have to be something we all dread because of clean up, or lack of time, or way overspending every time we have to go to the store. I believe cooking should be enjoyable, easy & delicious! I hope you’re encouraged by our easy(ish) recipes & if you want some other inspiration, you can find other blog posts, here.

If you need new kitchen towels, we have these & love them! They’re durable & get the job done!

I found this super cool 5 ingredient Trader Joe’s cookbook on Amazon! If you are a Trader Joe’s lover, like me, then this would be a great item to add to your Christmas list. Or a great gift for the Trader Joe’s lover in your life.

I hope you’ve found a simple dinner recipe that you’ll be able use in your family meal plan all year long! Here you’ll find all of my dinspiration ideas!

With grace & coffee,


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