Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Beauty on the Inside

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Enchiladas may be the ugliest food to plate. The soft corn tortillas fall apart when lifted from the casserole dish and the stuffing falls out the sides, resulting in a big ole mess pile of sauce and crap. But we all know that it's what's inside that enchilada that counts, right? That being said, I know you'll all forgive my ugly photo of last night's Fire-Roasted "Beef" & Kale Enchiladas:

This was a clean-out-the-pantry-and-freezer dish that I didn't have to buy a single ingredient for. Turns out, all the stuff needed to make these had been right under my nose for days (and in the case of a few ingredients, months). I always buy close-out food and items on super-sale, so I already had the Gardein Beefless Tips and the fire-roasted enchilada sauce.

The Daiya and Tofutti sour cream were actually leftover from Thanksgiving. The kale and carrots were just hanging out in my crisper, begging to be used.

I created the recipe on the fly, but I'll definitely be making these again.

Fire-Roasted "Beef" & Kale Enchiladas

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 package Gardein Beefless Tips
2 cups chopped kale

1 large carrot, shredded
Chili powder, to taste

Cumin, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste

Onion powder, to taste

Seasoning salt, to taste

6-8 corn tortillas

1 16-ounce jar fire-roasted red enchilada sauce

1 cup shredded vegan cheese

Vegan sour cream, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a small casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the frozen Gardein tips and saute for a few minutes until the tips begin to brown. Add the kale, carrots, and spices, and saute for another 5 to 7 minutes or until kale begins to wilt and carrots are soft.

Fill each tortilla with a few tablespoons of the beef mixture and roll up. Place in the casserole dish folded side down. Pour the entire jar of sauce over the tortillas and top with the cheese.

Bake uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and tortillas are heated through. Serve with sour cream


vegetarian said...

Love your posting! The recipes looks yummy! Needs to try this!

JL goes Vegan said...

Bianca, this looks amazing! I'm reading it at 6:00 a.m. and suddenly want enchiladas for breakfast! THANK YOU for sharing the recipe!

Vanilla Bean Vegan said...

I think they look amazing, I love enchiladas, will have to try the recipe, thanks for sharing!! I also like to buy things on sale and close out prices.

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

I looove enchiladas...I think they're beautiful no matter what society says! ;)

Erin said...

I was actually eating enchiladas for lunch while reading this post. Mine were frozen though, yours look a whole lot better!

tender b. said...

If only all clean out the fridge dishes could look so beautiful.