One of the recipes that I found this week and decided to try out was Spinach Enchiladas. Earlier in the week I talked about how I have felt like I was stuck in a rut lately with my vegetarian recipes and I needed something new and exciting to spice things up.
If you missed it the first time, this is the list that I came up with for my weekly menu.
As with all of my creations, I started with a basic recipe and then transformed it into something specific for my preferences and taste.
I substituted and added several of my own ingredients to make the original version healthier and (in my opinion) tastier.
Ingredients I used include:
- Red onion
- Minced garlic
- Frozen Chopped Spinach
- 1% Cottage Cheese
- Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
- Herbs and Spices
I started off by sautéing red onions and garlic in EVOO (instead of butter).
To that I added chopped mushrooms (to add substance and a “meatiness”.)
Next I added the defrosted, drained (very important step) frozen spinach plus a blend of spices (salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and fresh cilantro).
I decided to use 1% cottage cheese in the recipe instead of ricotta cheese to cut down on the fat. I’ve never been a fan of cottage cheese, but I figured with all the herbs and spices it wouldn’t be a noticeable substitution. I was right! It definitely worked.
I wasn’t sure how much I would need so I started by adding and mixing in 1 cup of cottage cheese at a time.
I ended up using 3 cups to get the consistency that I was going for.
I used flour tortillas instead of corn (personal preference). I added about 3/4 cup of the mixture to each one, rolled and placed in a baking dish.
I poured green enchilada sauce on top and topped with a little shredded cheese. Green enchilada sauce > Red sauce.
The recipe made 8 large enchiladas!
I baked them in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, topped with sour cream, green onions and a dash of hot sauce.
Holy moly! These were AH-MAAAA-ZING!
These are definitely going in a regular rotation. Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed. I definitely recommend the cottage cheese substitution, you won’t notice a difference. I promise!