Yum. I love food. Most of all I love creating food. Especially if it is healthly stuff! Cooking is one of my greatest joys. And even though its hard to do more work after coming home from work, it some how relaxes me to go into the kitchen and whip something nourishing up.
Here is a recipe I recently created. To give you a little background, my husband and I love Mexican food. One of our favorites is chicken enchiladas. So, when my husband decided to give up meat for Lent, I knew I’d have to think of some good vegetarian Mexican recipes. This is what I made:
Black Bean Enchiladas
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup yellow onion
1 chopped red pepper
1 cup chopped baby bella mushrooms
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 can black beans rinsed, 1/2 the can should be chopped up or put in a food processor (this gives the whole thing a creamy texture)
2 cups chopped spinach
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
trader joes salsa (red or green, the super runny kind)
6 flour or corn tortillas
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan, medium temp. When its nice and hot add in the onion and red pepper. Saute until nice and soft, maybe even a bit carmelized. Then add in the mushrooms cook them til they become soft and change color a bit. Next you should add in the garlic, black beans and spinach. (I don’t saute the garlic too much because I read somewhere it makes it lose some of the health benefits) Cook until the spinach wilts. Turn off the heat and one by one add in the spices and the water to make it a little thinner. I usually taste a little after each spice, so nothing is too overwhelming.
Now that you’ve spiced it up, you’re ready to fill the tortillas. Put a few tablespoons of bean mixture into each tortilla. Before you roll it up, put a tiny bit of cheese inside. Then roll it up and put it edge side down a oiled up baking dish. Once you have all the filled tortillas lined up in the pan, pour 1/2 the jar of Trader Joe’s salsa on top. Top the salsa with a 1/2 cup more of cheese. Cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes, or until the cheese and melty and the tortillas are nice and hot.
Then serve with sour cream and more salsa! Maybe some pineapple or chopped salad as a side.
I hope you enjoy it.
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