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Full disclosure: I’ve realized the whole Betty Crocker thing is cool and all, but I’m in no way shape or form a food blogger, and hence, shouldn’t be pretending I’m Giada up in my apartment kitchen. But a girl’s gotta eat right? So I’m cutting down recipes to bimonthly sharing, rather than weekly (unless there’s mass protest). Today’s recipe goes down in the top ten yummiest random things I’ve cooked; my mom used to say that some of her best recipes were randomly whipped up and I believe it! You’re probably thinking I should rename this serious: “everything Ije can possibly make with squash”, to which I would say, “don’t dare me” lol. Anyway, If you like (unauthentic) Mexican food and want a healthier substitute for chicken or beef filling, check out this recipe:

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Squash and Bean Enchilada

Ingredients

Cooking Tip: I use coconut milk often to substitute for recipes that call for cream. It’s thicker than regular milk but doesn’t have as many calories or as much cholesterol as heavy cream.

Recipe

  1. Sauté onions, peppers, and mushrooms in a pan greased in olive oil for 4 minutes. Add squash and spices, continue sautéing.
  2. In a separate pan, melt a tablespoon of butter. Add a tablespoon or so of flour, 1/3 cup coconut milk, 1/3 cup water, 1/4 cup of cheese and seasoning salt. Cook over medium-low heat to combine to make the sauce.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  4. Add black beans to squash and vegetable mixture. Squash should begin to become tender, though not mushy. Stir well and cook for a few minutes.
  5. Combine squash & beans with remaining cheese.
  6. Roll squash, bean, and cheese mixture into tortilla, securing with toothpicks.
  7. In non-stick/sprayed bakeware, spoon 1/2 enchilada sauce on the bottom of the pan. Place tortillas in pan, making sure they do not touch, and then pour remaining sauce on top of enchiladas.
  8. Bake enchiladas for 20 minutes, checking that liquid bubbles but does not evaporate.
  9. Remove, douse with hot sauce or salsa, and serve with rice! Makes 2 enchiladas.

Enjoy!

While not the prettiest thing I’ve made, this was one of the tastiest. I definitely should have made more sauce as they came out less saucy then I would have liked. But all was fixed with some tasty mango salsa that I randomly had in my fridge; the sweetness of the mango really combined well with the crazy heat (a bit too much jalapeño) of the enchiladas to make a spicy sweet and tangy dish! I’ve never attempted making any kind of Mexican food, so I was super proud of myself for this venture, and my tummy approved since I straight knocked out for an hour or so before Scandal! This would be a great dish for entertaining too; the enchiladas are hearty and filling, but also quick to throw together.

Inspiration & Similar

Butternut Squash Enchiladas
Skinny Taste’s Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas
Black Bean and Butternut Enchilada Skillet

Have you ever made enchiladas? Do you dabble in Tex-Mex cuisine?

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1 Comment

  1. You cannot go wrong with beans, squash, & cheese! looks delish! My only protest is that you NEVER make an extra to bring for me. Just send me a text when you cooking and I won’t bring lunch the next day :)

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