Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hearty Meatless Meals/Mushroom Enchiladas

Hearty Meatless Enchiladas
Hearty Meatless Enchilada Sauce
As promised I am starting a new series of recipes for Meatless Monday meals. Any one of my frugal recipes can easily be converted to organic and vegetarian with a few substitutions but these particular meals are guaranteed to be family friendly, super hearty, nutrition packed and husband approved.

We started our quest with Mushroom Enchiladas, a simple and hearty recipe that will feed a crowd and I wouldn't be ashamed to feed to company. Here it is.

Hearty Mushroom Enchiladas

1pound of your favorite variety of organic mushrooms
1 pound grated organic Colby Jack cheese
1 small can organic enchilada sauce (or prepared package Simple Organics Enchilada Sauce)
2 tsp. fresh organic minced garlic
1 finely chopped organic onion
Sea Salt to taste
1 small can organic green chili peppers, drained
1-package organic corn tortillas
Canola or olive oil
Saute sliced mushrooms, garlic and onion in oil until transparent, salt to taste. Add green chili peppers and set aside.  Heat oil and soften each corn tortilla in the oil and then drain (for lower fat recipe soften tortillas in warmed enchilada sauce).  Wrap veggie mixture and a little cheese in each tortilla and put in greased 9x 13 pan. (you may need an additional pan for overflow) Cover with enchilada sauce and then remaining cheese.  Cover with greased aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, uncover and bake another 10 minutes for browning. Recipe makes about 14 enchiladas.

And you are ready to eat. Caution, don't burn your mouth...we do it every time. You can also strain and rinse a can of black beans, add these when you add the mushrooms. Serve with organic guacamole and sour cream, perhaps a little homemade salsa. These are so good your family will beg you to make them every week! Your husband will go to work bragging about your vegetarian enchiladas. I promise. 

You might also like my Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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