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Recipe: Vegetarian Enchiladas

Recipe: Vegetarian Enchiladas

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped red onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 crown of broccoli, chopped into small pieces
1 yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
½ tsp smoked paprika
1 lime, juiced
5 cups baby spinach
1 (15 ounce) can black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups mexican blend shredded cheese, divided into 1/2 and 1 1/2
½ tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
8″ whole wheat tortillas
freshly chopped cilantro for garnish

Directions

Make the enchilada sauce.

Preheat the oven to 400˚ Fahrenheit with the rack in the middle. Spray a 9X13″ casserole dish with olive oil.

In a 12 inch skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once it’s hot add the chopped onion. Cook until fragrant about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes. Add the broccoli, cook 5 minutes or until the broccoli is bright green. Mix in the bell pepper, smoked paprika and lime juice. Mix in the baby spinach, allow it to wilt about 2 minutes. Mix in beans. Cook another 2 minutes. Mix in 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.

Assemble the enchiladas. Pour 1/4 cup enchilada sauce into the casserole dish and spread it around. Top each tortilla with some of the veggie mixture. Lay it down the center of the tortilla and roll the sides up over it. Place each stuffed tortilla with the seam side down into the casserole dish until you have used up all the veggies. You will end up with 8 or 9 enchiladas.

Top with the remainder of the enchilada sauce. Pour the sauce down the middle of the enchiladas keeping the edges bare. Top with the remainder of the cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with freshly chopped cilantro and serve immediately.

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Recipe: The Best Red Enchilada Sauce

Recipe: The Best Red Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients

2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
4 tbsp red chili powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp Kosher salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
a few pinches ground red pepper to taste if you want this spicy

Directions

Be sure to have all of the ingredients measured out and near the stove. This sauce comes together very quickly.
Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk together for a few seconds. Whisk in the chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Whisk in the tomato paste. The mixture will darken a bit, cook a minute until fragrant.

Gradually add in the stock, whisking the entire time. Increase the heat to medium-high, bring the sauce to a boil and then to a simmer. Mix in the vinegar. Cook 5-7 minutes. Whisk often to remove lumps and to make a smooth sauce. Sauce will appear thin at first and will thicken as it cooks. Add ground red pepper now to taste if you want a spicy sauce. Test the thickness with a spoon. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

Transfer the sauce to a heat proof container to cool or use immediately for enchiladas. Enchilada sauce can be refrigerated and used within 5 days or you can freeze it for up to 3 months.

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Recipe: Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Recipe: Mexican Pan Seared Salmon Kabobs

You can have this delicious Mexican inspired meal on the table in under 30 minutes! Protein packed, super healthy & full of flavor!

Ingredients

1 1/2 pound fresh salmon filets, skin removed
1/2 red onion cut into 1 inch pieces
For the marinade
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp mild ancho chile powder
1 tsp dry dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
For the beans
2 (15.5 ounce) cans BUSH’S® Black Bean Fiesta™
1/4 cup diced yellow pepper 
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
You will also need
4 wooden skewers

Directions

Soak the wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes. This is so they will not burn.

Cube the salmon into 1 inch pieces.  Cut the onion to roughly the same size, peeling off each piece into one layer.

Make the marinade: whisk together all the marinade ingredients.

Thread the salmon and onion onto the four skewers.

Place them in a shallow dish so they are flat. Cover with the marinade. With clean hands make sure the marinade covers all sides of the salmon.

Refrigerate for 15 minutes to let the flavors soak in.

Pour 1 tbsp of olive oil into a 12″ cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. 

When the pan is hot, place the skewers in the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes or until the salmon is done to your liking.

Heat the beans on the stove top or microwave. Top with the confetti of yellow pepper, onion and cilantro.

Plate the salmon and beans separately and serve while hot.

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Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

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Vegetarian Black Bean Tostadas

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Recipe: Huevos Rancheros

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Recipe: Salmon Tacos with Sesame Cucumber Salad

These salmon tacos are light, healthy and completely delicious!

Ingredients

Salmon
0.50 lb grilled or pan seared salmon, skin on
Sesame Cucumber Salad
1 cup thinly sliced mini seedless cucumbers
0.25 cup cup matchstick carrots, chopped
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sriracha
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp teaspoon granulated sugar
You will also need
8 small flour or corn tortillas
top with chopped green onion

Directions

‘–Grill or pan sear the salmon

Rub the salmon with some olive oil. Season both sides of the salmon with some garlic salt and pepper. Cook in a saute pan or over a preheated grill over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes, skin side down. Flip and cook 2-3 minutes on the top side, until done to your liking. Flake with a fork.

Cucumber salad

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Season to taste.

Assembly

Layer two tortillas on top of each other, lettuce, the salmon & cucumber salad. Top with green onion.

You can double the sauce recipe for a dip too.

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Recipe: Vegetarian Sheet Pan Nachos

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Recipe: Loaded Goldfish Nachos

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Recipe: Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup

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