Sunday, November 23, 2014

Spinach and Black Bean Enchiladas

I'm back at it with enchiladas.  You know they're my favorite by now, and they're the best because they're so easy!  This vegetarian version is delicious and filling!  You know I'm a little weary of not being full after vegetarian meals, but these were great!
These were also a little spicier than I had intended, the pepper jack I used was spicier than the normal kind I use- whoops!

Spinach and Black Bean Enchiladas 


Spinach and Black Bean Enchiladas

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz.) can of corn, drained
1 (9 oz.) box of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 (15 oz.) can of black beans, drained
1 (8 oz.) brick of pepper jack cheese
12 corn tortillas (I used taco size)
1 1/2 Tbsp. taco seasoning
1 (10 oz.) can of enchilada sauce
1 jalapeno, diced and seeded (optional)
3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, divided
5 scallions, white and green parts divided

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Place corn, spinach, black beans, 1 cup of cheese, taco seasoning, 1 Tbsp. cilantro, jalapeno, and the white parts of the scallions. Mix until combined.
Take a 9x13 pan and spray the bottom with cooking spray.
Fill each tortilla with a heaping amount of filling (they should just close) and place seam-side down into the pan.  Repeat until pan is full.
Top with enchilada sauce, spreading so that all of the tortillas have some sauce on them.
Top with remaining cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Top with remaining scallions and cilantro.
Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Perry's Plate

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thai Curry Butternut Squash Soup

This soup was delicious!  It's perfect for fall and had just the right amount of spice!  I was a bit surprised that it was so filling being vegan, but I got a thumbs up from Matthew, which is the true test of how good vegetarian/vegan meals are.  The best part is that the spiciness can be modified for people who are a little more sensitive.  I served this with homemade bread for a great fall meal.

Thai Curry Butternut Squash Soup


Thai Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 medium butternut squash, cubed (you of course may cheat and buy pre-cubed butternut squash which will greatly cut down on the labor of the soup)
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1 Tbsp. Thai red curry paste (you can go more or less depending on your spice level, but this is very spicy)
1 (15 oz.) can coconut milk
3 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1/2 lime, juiced
Salt
Pepper
Cilantro, for garnish

Preparation:
Place a large pot over medium-low heat.
Add vegetable oil.
Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes.
Add curry and ginger.  Stir until well-incorporated.
Raise the temperature to medium. Add vegetable stock and squash.  Cover and cook until squash is soft, about 20 minutes.
Take the pot off of heat.
Either use an immersion blender or carefully put into a blender and blend until a puree.
Add coconut milk, lime, salt, and pepper (to taste). Stir. Heat for another 5-10 minutes, until soup is hot.
Garnish with fresh cilantro.
Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is