Vegetarian Enchiladas

Everyone in the house liked this meal – even my 2 year old, who likes very little.  It is so refreshing to have a meal where there is little whining about what we are eating.  And the best part is that this is a meatless meal.  I have had a hard time finding ones that everyone in the house can agree upon!  The pepper jack cheese adds just enough spice that it isn’t bland but isn’t to hot for the kids to eat. 

Vegetarian Enchiladas

2 Tbsp. + olive oil
2 tsp. cumin

1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. tomato paste
1 can veggie broth + 3/4 c. water
salt/pepper to taste
3 c. grated pepper jack cheese
1 can black beans
2 c. fresh spinach chopped
10 oz. frozen corn, thawed
6 scallions
8 whole wheat tortillas (burrito size)

 

Instructions:

 

Make the enchilada sauce – over medium heat, heat oil and then cumin, flour, and tomato paste, whisking 1 min. Whisk in broth and water and bring to a boil. Simmer and cook until thickened (5-8 minutes). Season with salt/pepper and set aside.

Combine 2 c. cheese with beans, spinach, corn, and scallions in a bowl.

Grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray or olive oil.

Warm tortillas for 1 min. in microwave wrapped in damp paper towel.

Fill each tortilla with 1/3 c. filling, roll and place in pan seam down.

Top with sauce and remaining 1 c. cheese.

(If freezer cooking, freeze at this point covered with foil.  Add additional 30-40 minutes onto baking time if baking from frozen).  Bake at 400 degrees uncovered for 25-30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Husband Rating: 7 out of 10

Food for Thought:  I do like to try to incorporate at least one meatless meal a week if possible and this is a great one for that.  My husband didn’t even realize this was vegetarian until I told him.  However, if you feel like a meal is only complete when it has some meat in it, it would be easy to adapt this recipe.  Simply cook up 1/2 lb. of ground beef or cook and shred 2 chicken breasts (season both with garlic, cumin, salt, pepper) and add that to the corn and bean mixture before rolling into burritos.  I am also thinking that maybe next time I make this I would add some chopped red pepper to it as well.  I think that might add a nice flavor.


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