July 5, 2016

Turkey, spinach, and cheese flautas

Easy meals are what I'm all about right now. Flautas are a favorite of mine since I started making them a couple years ago. The filling choices are endless. We've done beef filling similar to tacos, pinto beans and peppers, etc. But, these creamy turkey and spinach ones seem to be the winner. The filling is simple to make. Then all you have to do is roll them up and give them a quick bake. Perfect for a weeknight dinner and they are sure to be popular in your house, too. Serve these falutas with a side of rice or beans or even some chips and salsa. We like to dip these flautas in salsa verde. Pickled jalapnenos on the side are also a nice touch. This recipe will make 8-10 falutas

Baby update: I am in the 34th week now (and measuring 43 weeks!) and the babies are looking great. It's so amazing to me that we've made it this far. I haven't shared all the struggles we've gone through, but suffice it to say that these babies have been a long-time coming. We are so excited to meet them. Twins are considered "full-term" at 37 weeks and we are at the point now where they could really come anytime. We're hoping to keep them growing until at least 36 weeks though. Stay tuned!  

Turkey, spinach, and cheese flautas
olive oil
5 green onions, thinly sliced, greens and whites separated
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb ground turkey (I use dark meat)
salt and pepper, to taste
dash of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground coriander
8 oz. baby spinach
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
8" inch flour tortillas (about 9)

In a large skillet, heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the whites of the green onions, garlic, and turkey. Cook, breaking apart the turkey, until the turkey is cooked through. Drain if needed. Season with salt, pepper, cayenne, oregano, and coriander. Add the spinach and cook until wilted.

Turn the heat to low and stir in the cheddar and cream cheese until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the greens of the green onions.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and lightly oil two baking sheets. 

Place each tortilla on a flat surface and add about 1/3 cup of the filling mixture to one side. Roll up and place on the baking sheet seam side down. Continue, placing each about 1-inch apart, until all the filling is used.

Baking for about 5-6 minutes and then flip each flauta and bake for another 5-6 minutes, until golden.

Serve hot with your choice of toppings, sides, and dipping sauces. 

What was I cooking one year ago?: Grandpa's hot dog sauce
Two years ago?: lemon & chive kohlrabi fritters
Three years ago?: chocolate mint chocolate chip ice cream
Four?: Creole chicken w/ cheddar-scallion grits
Five?: guacamole
6?: cauliflower & broccoli stuffed manicotti


  1. I wish I could reach in and grab a couple of them! They look so delicious, Amy.

  2. Wow twins! you must be so excited Amy. Love the filling of these falutas.

  3. I'm always about easy meals! Love this -- so straightforward to make, and so much flavor. Thanks. And glad to hear it won't be too long until the twins arrive!

  4. Hi Amy. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Your falufas are looking delicious. I've not heard if this term. Is this similar to tacos and fajitas except that this is baked?
    Congrats on having twins as your first borns. Must be exciting for you!

  5. perfection! i love the filling and they look to be baked to an ideal crispness!
    what an exciting time for you--take care of yourself!

  6. Hang in there! My twins are now 13....I carried them till 38 weeks, and yep, I was huge! The babies will be here before you know it! Congrats to you!

  7. These falutas look stunning! Absolutely love the spinach turkey filling!

  8. I can see why you are all about easy these days! Congratulations! Big changes in your life. The faults are a great idea. The idea of endless fillings means you can take whatever you have in your frog and mix it up.
    Thanks for sharing.


  9. Dear Amy, the filling for your falutas sounds utterly delicious - and I am keeping all my fingers crossed for your continued safe and healthy twin-pregnacy! Take the best care of yourself possible and get plenty of rest while you still can!!!

  10. I love this way of using tortillas, never thought of it before so I must try this!

  11. My goodness, all the best on your upcoming arrivals!! How exciting!
    And these are so delicious. I haven't had them in ages but love them...they are so addicting as I can totally see yours being!

  12. These look so good!!! Congratulations on the babies, hope all is well! Such an exciting time :)


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