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Vegetable Enchiladas

You will need:

10-20 corn tortillas

vegetables of choice (see below)

cheeses of choice (see below)

Rectangular baking pan

Enchilada sauce (See recipes for green and red sauce on my blog)

Olives (if desired)

 

In a large bowl, mix the following diced vegetables:

2 carrots 

2 celery stalks 

1 zucchini 

1 onion

1-2 peppers

1/2 bunch cilantro

Additional veggies can be added if desired.  I have also used green beans, broccoli, black beans…whatever your heart desires.

Add to mixture:

1/2 cup shredded manchego cheese

1/2 cup shredded jack cheese

1/2 cup cotija or crumbled cheese.  (I use 1 package of Queso de valle Cotija or Queso Fresco.  I have found it is hard to find an organic cotija and this is the closest I can get.)  It is available at most Whole Foods Markets.

Mix the veggies and cheeses until well mixed.  This is the inner filling for the enchiladas.

Preheat oven to 370 degrees

Now you are ready to prepare the enchiladas. 

Fill the baking pan with a thin layer of sauce, enough to coat the bottom of the pan.

In each tortilla, place about a spoonful of veggie/cheese mixture on the tortilla and roll.  Place in pan and hold in place with a cup or anything that will keep the rolled enchilada in place.

Create enough to fill entire baking pan.  When you have filled the pan with enchiladas, spread sauce over the enchiladas until fully covered.  

Shred more cheese…for use later.

1/2 cup manchego

1/2 cup jack or cheddar

You could also purchase a mexican mixture at any store.  I like the manchego because it adds a bit of a tangy taste.

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At this point you have a decision to make.  I will put the enchiladas in the oven for 20 minutes.  Enough to cook about 3/4 done.  At this point I will add the remaining shredded cheese to the top of the enchiladas and add sliced olives.  I have found that if you add the cheese for the entire cooking process, it can burn and if it is added at this point after 20 minutes, it melts quite well. 

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Put the enchiladas back in the oven for 10-20 minutes depending how melty or firm you like the cheese to get.  

Remove from oven and cool slightly and serve.  

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Red Enchilada Sauce

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Ten-Minute-Enchilada-Sauce/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Thumb&e11=enchilada%20sauce&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page

In addition to this recipe,

sauté 1 small carrot in olive oil for 5 minutes to add sweetness

add 1/2 small onion and 1/2 jalapeño pepper to the carrot and cook for an additional 5 minutes

It is up to the chef how he/she wants the sauce.  I like to make a “vegetable” sauce that is a little more chunky.  You may want a smooth sauce (recipe below.)

I also add 2-3 tbsp raw cacao powder after adding the tomato sauce and water.  It gives it a slight chocolatey taste to buffer the chili powder.

Green Enchilada Sauce

I got this recipe from a website a while ago but sadly I do not remember which one it was in order to give them credit.

1 ¼ pounds tomatillos, (about 10-15) husked and boiled until they change color.

½ cup chopped cilantro

½ cup chopped green onion (about 6 green onions)

1 garlic clove

1-2 whole jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed and roughly chopped

1 teaspoon sea salt

½ cup homemade or low-sodium vegetable broth

Blend together in blender or food processor until fully mixed

 

Homemade Hot Chocolate

(Single Cup Serving)

2 tbsp raw cacao powder
Add about 1/4-1/2 tsp water
Stir to form a chocolate paste
Fill cup about 3/4 full with milk or milk alternative
Add a dash of cinnamon
Add sugar to taste
Add more milk if necessary if it’s too chocolatey.
(Substitute half of the milk with half and half for a sweeter taste)

Pour contents into saucepan and heat on low until desired temperature is achieved.
Also, you can microwave for about 1-1/2 minutes

You can add 1/2 tsp peppermint extract for more of a minty flavor
Also can add a pinch cayenne pepper or chili powder for spiciness