October 25, 2012

Veggie Quinoa Enchiladas

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I think this makes it official - I've gone quinoa crazy! So many of my meals lately are built around this amazing superfood, and why not? Here at The Garden Grazer I love the simple, delicious beauty of keeping recipes short and ingredients minimal. But I bent my own rules after I saw these enchiladas from Ellen because they looked way too good to pass up! They have more ingredients and steps than I usually prefer, but it was worth it. Feeling extra fiesty, I took it a notch further by making my own enchilada sauce that I originally made for these Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas (which you absolutely must try if you haven't yet)!

Vegan (with dairy-free cheese), gluten-free (with corn or gluten-free tortillas)
Adapted from Ellen

Ingredients
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 red pepper, diced
2-3 roma tomatoes, diced
6 oz. spinach
4 oz. can mild green chiles
15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1 cup salsa
2-3 cups enchilada sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (or dairy-free cheese)
8 large tortillas

Directions
Cook quinoa according to package directions.
In a small pot, make the enchilada sauce. (Omit this step if using store-bought.)
In a large skillet over medium heat, saute onion, red pepper, and garlic for 5 minutes.
Add spinach and saute another couple minutes until spinach is wilted.
Add cooked quinoa, black beans, tomatoes, green chiles, spices, and salsa. Stir to combine and cook until heated through. Salt/pepper to taste.
Preheat oven to 350.
Place a small amount of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Divide filling evenly among tortillas, roll up with ends tucked in, and place seam side down in the dish.
Pour remaining enchilada sauce on top, sprinkle with cheese, and bake for 30 minutes.

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20 comments:

  1. These look yummy, I bet they're really filling. I've never had quinoa!

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    1. Its good bland but u can also.use beef or chicken broth if.u dont care for the flavor to eat by itself i add ot to.my cold salads its good.

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  2. mmmm these look so good!! i really need to try quinoa! im kinda scared to cook it since ive never done it before!

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    1. It's so easy - you should try! I actually have a quinoa post coming soon, so stay tuned! ;)

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    2. Its easy similar to rice but easier and quicker

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  3. Did you use flour or corn tortillas?

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    1. Hi there! I used large flour tortillas, but corn would be great as well - I love the taste of corn tortillas!

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  4. I have just started using quinoa and love it. I cant wait torture these recipes... they sound amazing!

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    1. It should have said "to try" not torture. Sorry!

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    2. Haha no problem. Isn't quinoa great!? I love it too, and find it to be so versatile. Hope you enjoy the recipes! :)

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  5. How well do these do as "leftovers"?

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    1. We thought they were great still! Leftovers only last a day or two in our house before they're gobbled up, so anything after that I'm not sure :) Enjoy!

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  6. Don't really know how to do this new fangled stuff, but I'm trying!! Hope you get this. I am new to quinoa and I do love it, too. The recipes look amazing, however, I can't have lactose so why even look at cheese? Very frustrating and I can't have onion or garlic or many many foods-not from allergies, but from severe intolerances.So, it is one thing that I can have along with polenta and tofu. Not a very exciting diet but I'm happy just to discover some foods that don't cause pain.
    To the person who is afraid to cook it-don't be. You won't mess it up. Thanks for the pictures!!!!

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    1. Hi there! Diets can be a tricky thing, figuring out what works best for your body. Hope you are able to find some recipes that you love and that agree with your body! Best of luck and take care :)

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  7. Made these a few weeks ago and froze them in pairs, I finally got around to defrosting and reheating one of them - they are AWESOME! They froze and reheated really well, to.

    Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Jess! Freezing them in pairs is such a smart idea and so convenient!! I love it! So glad you enjoyed them and great to hear they work well as a freezer meal. Thanks for letting me know! :)

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  8. Just made this. Haven't eaten dinner yet but I did taste the mixture and tastes great. I know will be new better tomorrow once the seasonings settle.

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    1. Yay! Glad you tried it! You're right - it's even better the next day after the flavors mingle for a while :) Hope you loved it!

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  9. I made these burritos and I really loved them....there were two problems
    A. the mixture was too spicy for me. I will adjust this.
    B. It seems to me that you are cooking the ingredients twice once in the frying pan and then in the oven... it made it mushy. i think i will only cook it in the frying pan and then build the burrito without the enchilada sauce and not so much cheese...I do love quinoa I eat it almost every day.....i hope to try more of these recipes soon.

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    1. Hi! Sorry to hear it was too spicy for you - did you use mild green chiles? Yes, the filling is pretty soft. Awesome idea using it as burrito filling instead of baking it with enchilada sauce! It would be great as a burrito as well! :) Hope you enjoy the other recipes you try!

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