|This one has corn, tomatoes, veggie chicken, GREEN sauce, and is topped with cilantro|
- gluten free
- dairy free
- low calorie
- low fat
- tasty enough to satisfy five children of varying ages and tastes
- easy to make
- freeze well for future meals
- versatile enough to use whatever is in my kitchen right. now.
So I came up with vegan enchiladas - made with red sauce they are also gluten free, made with green sauce they are vegan but not gluten free (go figure!) How "healthy" these stay will, of course, depend on which combinations of the following that you use.
Can't Do Without It Ingredients:
Package of corn tortillas (white or yellow, your choice)
1 or 2 cans Enchilada Sauce (green or red, spicy or mild, your choice)
1 - 2 Tbsp. Cumin or to taste
1 small Onion, diced
3 cloves Garlic, minced
Veggie chicken strips
1 or 2 cans black or red beans
1/2 c. Frozen corn
1 or 2 Fresh Tomatoes, chopped
Can diced Chili Peppers
1 Lb. package Firm Tofu, diced into small cubes
Veggie beef crumbles
- Prepare your enchilada pan by pouring a thin layer of the enchilada sauce in the bottom, or lightly oil the pan. Reserve another 1/4 c. enchilada sauce for the top of the enchiladas so they don't dry out when baking.
- In a large, deep skillet (or even a wok!), saute the onion and garlic until translucent. If using a meat substitute, add this to the pan and heat through. Add in any other frozen or canned ingredients and warm them through. Do not add fresh veggie type ingredients (tomatoes, avocado, cilantro) at this stage. Add in the remaining enchilada sauce and cumin. Mix through and remove from heat.
- Add in any fresh veggies being used.
- In a flat skillet, heat the first corn tortilla in a scant bit of oil. This should only take a few seconds on each side. When pliable, fill the enchilada with a heaping Tbsp of filling down the middle of the tortilla and roll it up as tightly as you can. Place it in the pan - it will want to unroll, but you can pack it back in as you continue forward with the rest of the enchiladas. Repeat this process until your pan is filled. Use the sauce that has been set aside to top the enchiladas in your pan. This is important or they will dry out when baking. If you're using cheese on top, put this on after your enchilada sauce.
- Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
Serve this lovely dish with rice and refried or black beans, top it with cilantro (as in the picture) or sour cream, etc. These freeze well although we never have leftovers in our house!