Don’t let the layers scare: Crafting enchiladas needn’t be more complicated than pulling together a solid taco night.
The sauce is perhaps the most critical component. And while you could go the store-bought route, it’s easy to make a simple version at home. All you need are some spices and a can of tomatoes.
I used tomato paste to thicken mine. It’s not traditional, but it worked well while keeping the recipe light.
I also made this vegan. Again, not traditional, but it was every bit as cheesy and delicious as I wanted it to be — all in one casserole pot that makes lunch the next day easy.
- For the Enchiladas:
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 med. bell pepper, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, diced
- 2 chili peppers, minced
- 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained (I used Whole Food's spicy black beans)
- 1 cup corn
- 2 cups frozen spinach
- 2-3 scallions, diced, optional
- 9-10 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut in half
- Salt, to season
- 1 bag shredded Daiya cheese (I used Pepper Jack)
- 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
- For the Enchilada Sauce:
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 tsp. oregano
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- Start the sauce first by heating oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add all remaining sauce ingredients, and whisk until combined. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until mixture just starts to thicken. Remove from heat and let sit while you assemble the enchiladas.
- For the enchiladas, heat olive oil over medium-high in a saute pan. Add onion and pell pepper, and saute for 3-5 minutes. Stir in garlic and chili peppers, and saute for another 3-5 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
- Stir in corn, and frozen spinach. Cook for 3 minutes, and then remove from heat. Stir in scallions.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a 9x9 inch casserole dish, spread 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of the dish. Arrange three (six halves) tortillas in a single layer in the pan, followed by 1/3 of the vegetable mixture, and 1/3 of the can of beans. Spread another 1/2 cup of the sauce over the vegetables, and then top with 1/2 cup cheese.
- Repeat these layers two more times, excluding the cheese, and pouring all remaining sauce on the top layer. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese, or amount of cheese you desire, on the top. Return casserole dish to the oven and bake another 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted and edges are bubbly.
- Let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving. Then slice, and top with chopped cilantro.
I love dinner parties. Call it a taco party, and I’ll love the occasion even more.
Tasked with creating something outside of a taco for a recent rooftop gathering, this light and vegan slaw was born.
It calls on cilantro and lime to add a punch of flavor. You could also throw in a few dashes of cumin.
Prepare the slaw within the hour before serving. It’s best eaten at room temperature.
We got our first snowstorm here in Philly last weekend. Everyone say hey to Jonas, which called for a snow-day Saturday chili cook-off session.
With plenty of time to slow down and savor, into the pot went every veggie and spice that makes chili shine, and onto the timer went plenty of minutes.
Snow brings time to chill. Time to chill brings patience. And patience brings flavor-making magic.
If you’ve got the minutes to spare, let this merger of ingredients mix and mingle for at least 45 minutes. The more time you give it, the more infusion of flavor in every bite you’ll receive.
In fact, it probably reaches its best not the night upon serving but in your bowl the next day.
Patience is a delicious virtue.
Serve over brown rice with some cheddar, on the sharp side, and/or fresh herbs. And if you seek to level up the whole experience, add a square of warm, buttered cornbread on a plate to its side.
We’ll thank Jonas for this one.
What do you get when you ask three healthy food bloggers to tell you their #1 fall veggie? Too many answers to count. So, Philadelphia Magazine’s Be Well picked the produce (sweet potatoes) for us, and tasked two friends of mine and I to come up with an accessible way to use it.
The results: three kick-butt recipes that’ll make you mash what you think you already know about cooking sweet potatoes.
I chose to create a rendition of burritos with a healthy beans and greens twist. Like sweet potatoes, it’s hard to go wrong with bringing burritos to the dinner table.
I love how sweet potatoes compliment the earthiness of young fall greens. In this recipe, these two star ingredients are given the majority of the attention so that the preparation of the beans can remain quick and simple. Spices infuse the veggies, while the beans are simply tossed with a spritz of citrus to complete a weeknight meal that comes together in no time.
Head over to Be Well for the recipe, where you’ll also find a Sweet Potato Falafel (!) and a hearty Sweet Potato, Kale, and Wild Rice Soup!
Let’s wipe out time. Watches, they can stay. I like how they look on the wrists of both men and women. But time, that can go away. If time went away, so would 99% of my stress, and probably yours too.
Deadlines. And bedtimes. And meal times. And making time. If there’s one thing consistent in my life, it’s running out of time. If that whole concept could just be gone, then we’d all be breathing a whole lot easier. Is anyone listening to me? Does anyone have time to read this? Does anyone have time to find me a solution?
In the meantime, I’ve been fitting in a lot of simple meals like this. Who says you need bunches of minutes to make something delicious?
It’s hard to get tired of Mexican. I know people that consume tacos as least 3-4 times a week. While this is a little much for me, I can endorse the fact that the combination of avocado, salsa, and cilantro is one that rarely ever gets boring.
Wraps, I will often eat as many as four days per week. From hummus to breakfast to tacos, tortillas are the easiest way to bundle up ingredients into a delicious, portable package. However, I don’t always want to be eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which is how this baked potato idea was put into action.
Wanting to avoid duplication from a prior lunch, I created a taco in potato form. It’s one of the simplest meals you can make. I leave the ingredient amounts up to you so the meal can be tailored to your own personal preferences. For me, that means heavy on the avocado. I’d love to hear your potato toppings suggestions too.
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