Vegetarian Enchiladas

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Nobody will miss the meat in these spinach and cheese Vegetarian Enchiladas. Chewy, cheesy, and absolutely delicious!

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Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

I’ve been celebrating this delicious & festive holiday…all day! My boss and I went to my go-to Mexican restaurant Monterrey for lunch, then I whipped up a big, bubbly dish of festive Vegetarian Enchiladas for dinner.

Not only are these enchiladas muy delicioso, but they’re also ridiculously easy to make – PLUS meat & potato-eating husbands love them too!

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Vegetarian Enchiladas

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Serves 2-3

Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon butter
1/4 cup onion, minced
dash of garlic salt
dash of red pepper flakes
1-10oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed out
1 cup fat-fat cottage cheese, drained
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
8 corn tortillas
1 14.5oz can red enchilada sauce
4oz shredded cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat and sauté onion until tender. Add garlic salt, red pepper flakes and spinach. Sauté until spinach is warmed through, then remove the skillet from the heat.
  2. Combine drained cottage cheese and Greek yogurt in a bowl. Stir in spinach mixture after it has cooled slightly.
  3. Wrap corn tortillas in a paper towel and microwave for 40 seconds, flipping half way through. Add a scant 1/4 cup filling to the middle of each tortilla, roll and place seam side down in a baking dish.
  4. Pour enchilada sauce over tortillas, top with cheese and bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese has melted and sauce is bubbly.

His and hers!

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(BTW – these are my faaavorite casserole dishes we got for our wedding. The one on the right is about the length of a can of beans and is perfect for portion control – which is especially critical around delectable dishes such as this!)

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The spinach and cheese in these babies are hearty, but melt in your mouth along with the creamy corn tortilla. I adore corn tortillas. Uncooked they are pretty bleh, but they turn into creamy lusciousness when baked in savory enchilada sauce and gooey cheese.

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A big plate of these would go PERFECT with a skinny-girl margarita, but alas, we were out, so I substituted the festive drink with a festive…bowl of fruit!

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That’s kind of the same, right? ;)

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In the mix:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi

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Muy bueno! :D

Well I have a bazillion things to do before Ben and I head out of town for my friend’s wedding this weekend, including painting my fingers and toes. I always feel like I need at least a good hour to dedicate to painting my fingers. I’m terrible at it and have to go veeeery slowly. Plus all that drying time. You can’t do a dang thing while you wait!

Have a great night!

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Do you speak more than one language?

I took 3 years of Spanish in high school and have dabbled slightly in Japanese. Nowadays the schools around here have the children learning Spanish as early as 1st grade. I so wish they would have done that when I was young!

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Comments

  1. Chad 05.05.2011

    Those enchiladas look beautiful… wow. Happy 5th of May!

  2. kEndra 05.05.2011

    Ironic (or not so much since it’s cinco de mayo) I made enchiladas tonight as well!! Though mine were beef…annnd I’m going to enjoy them with a few beers… soo you got me beat! ha I took Spanish in high school – can speak only the basics now but it’s way easier to read than it is to speak!!

  3. Lauren 05.05.2011

    Yummmm!!! I did the same tonight with tacos and margaritas. Gosh, it was so hard to pick my cinco de mayo menu, I could eat everything Mexican related!

    I always wait until the very last minute to paint my nails because I feel like I am going to mess them up terribly.

    Have a wonderful time this weekend!!

  4. Daisy 05.05.2011

    French in high school! but when I went to Paris 2 years ago i couldn’t remember a dang thing. happy cinco!

  5. I took Swahili in college but don’t remember a lick of it! It’s a shame, but I really had no one to practice with to keep my speaking skills sharp haha!

  6. Tracy 05.05.2011

    Did you know that Target has margarita flavored sugar-free packets like Crystal Light? I bet that would be great in this. They have other “drink” flavors too, I think I saw strawberry daiquiri and mojito.

  7. Machelle 05.05.2011

    your supper looks great! i like the casserole dishes too! i have several old small ones in various shapes that i aquired when my grandma passed away. a couple even have lids. i use them all the time. i love enchilada sauce. the Dollar General store has a great tasting canned one. i speak English, northern missouri, and sarcasm fluently! ha!

  8. What perfect treats on Cinco de Mayo! I just posted a veggie enchilada recipe earlier this week – black beans, corn & zucchini. I like your addition of spinach though!

  9. dmcgirl 05.05.2011

    Bee… E. A. U.tiful! ;-)

  10. erica 05.05.2011

    i really want to eat tacos tonight for dinner….that margarita lite sounds goooooood :)

    i think i have a mental block when it comes to learning languages. i’ve gone to japanese school when i was growing up, and took 2 years of japanese in highschool…i learned nothing :( and 2 years of hawaiian in college…nothing again :(

  11. HAppy cinco de mayo! I got my certificate in spanish in college! Has helped me get nowhere! ;) Ha!

  12. That fruit salad is making my mouth water. Love me some mango!

  13. Mac 05.05.2011

    I can barely speak one sometimes! In high school I took German, but that didn’t stick with me very long.

    The enchiladas look great! Clearly you’re a Mexican fan, you should check out my Burrito Lasagna recipe, super simple and delish! http://wealthshealth.blogspot.com/2011/05/burrito-lasagna.html

  14. I am majoring in Spanish in college right now with the plan of becoming a translator. I made lazy “margaritas” tonight with tequila and limeade. It was a little too sweet to fool anyone, but it was tasty nonetheless!

  15. Jane 05.05.2011

    Sorry you lost me at “cottage cheese”. I can’t eat cottage cheese if it’s the main part of the dish! If there’s a little of it in a meat lasagna I can handle it, but acccckkk. But I love 90% of the food you post, so it was bound to come up sometime! I speak some Spanish, but I read it better than speaking it. I can still pronounce things even if I don’t know what I’m saying :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend at your friends wedding :)

  16. jennyv 05.05.2011

    Corn tortillas are a must!!

    What brand are the baking dishes? I would love to have some for my husband and me.

    I took 4 yrs of spanish in high school — followed that up with a near minor in spanish in college (1 credit shy). Six years ago today, I actually began a 3 week abroad trip to Mexico which required a home stay. I cannot believe how my languange skills have weakened as I do not use Spanish anymore… perhaps Rosetta Stone is going to have to be utilized so I can brush up !

  17. candi 05.05.2011

    i had enchiladas, a pomegranate margarita for supper, and mango sorbet w/ chunks of fresh strawberries for dessert. compliments of my housemate. yum.

    instead of a foreign language in high school, i took american sign language. in college i took 3 semesters of french, a semester of romanian (while studying abroad & living with a host family in romania), and a semester of spanish… for fun. after college i lived in germany for a year and took some language lessons. the best way to learn a language is to live in the culture and NOT demand everyone to speak english to you :)

  18. Ashley 05.05.2011

    I love your little baking dishes. I must find some. I took French in high school, and did a little bit of the German Rosetta Stone, but then I realized a lot of the Germans living around a large military training area work on post (therefore speaking English quite well) and cater to Soldiers at restaurants and what-have-you, so I gave up. If less people spoke English and I truly couldn’t communicate maybe I would have done the whole program. Oh well, I’m not too worked up over it. :)

  19. Amber 05.06.2011

    Yes, the 2nd grade room I was in at a WDSM school had Spanish and it was ADORABLE! I am so glad that they’re doing that. These kids can definitely speak more than me! Very cool.

  20. Hope 05.06.2011

    Those enchiladas look really good! I love that they are vegetarian. Awesome recipe for Skinny Margaritas! Have you tried Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl Margaritas?! I have and it’s really good! I’m a fan! :)

    I took French all through middle school, high school and a semester in college. It doesn’t really help because a lot of people in this country speak Spanish. Although, if I ever get to France, I might actually be able to communicate :)

  21. JAL 05.06.2011

    Just started following your blog and I love it! We tried your skinny margaritas and they were actually way better than the ones we had at a Mexican restaurant for lunch. Thanks!

  22. Emily 05.06.2011

    Oh my goodness. I have nail polish A.D.D. in more ways that one. I get sick of a color pretty easily, so I’m usually switching it up at least every week. And like you, I’m SO bad at patiently waiting for them to dry–if I had a penny for every time I accidentally smudged my nail, let’s just say I wouldn’t be in the midst of a post-college job search…

    I’m minoring in Spanish! I really love it, but wish I had the opportunity to study abroad. I feel like that’s the best way to become fluent

  23. Mimi 05.06.2011

    While I definitely have an appreciation for Mexican food, I’m fluent in English and German.

  24. Your fruit salad makes me crave the warmer temperatures of summer!

    I took quite a bit of French in HS and college and have retained very little. That was frustrating while I was in France for Christmas!

    I too wish I would have learned Spanish…am thinking about starting to take some classes though!

  25. Kelly 05.06.2011

    Hey, this is totally unrelated to cinco de mayo. But if you double your lemon chicken recipe would you double the cooking time or cooking temp? Thanks! Enjoy your weekend!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.06.2011

      It might take a few extra minutes in the oven – maybe 5 or so! Just whenever the top is caramely. :)

  26. Em 05.06.2011

    I made chicken fajitas in honor of Cinco de Mayo! :) Those enchiladas look really good! I’ve been looking for a good enchilada recipe to make and I’m definitely gonna have to try these out.

    I know about enough Spanish to get by… I spent a month in Paris and really wish I knew French – for whenever I go back ;)

  27. Teresa K. 05.06.2011

    can I just say:
    mmmmmmmmm

  28. Lexi 05.06.2011

    This is going in my must-try pile for sometime when I have company! I minored in Spanish in college and have not used a lick of it in 8 years with the exception of meeting some Spanish guys while I was in Prague 2 years ago and going to Mexico for a week last year.

  29. i was a french minor in college, but i also speak english (well duh) and bambara, a language spoken in mali, burkina faso, & other parts of west africa. i’m in grad school for african studies so i took 2 yrs of bambara. it’s over now though…

  30. I took French in Gradeschool, Latin in Middle School, and Spanish in high school. I still have a little of my spanish, but I really wish I had kept up with French. It’s so beautiful!

  31. Debbie 05.06.2011

    Yummy! What were the amounts you did for the skinny marg? Sounds great!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.06.2011

      I usually use a shot of tequilla, and a teaspoon or so of the drink mix. Squeeze of lime and fill the rest up with diet Sprite!

  32. This recipe looks amazing, per usual. But I must say, not sure that fruit can REALLY replace tequilla!

    I should speak Spanish – I studied in Mexico for 3 months. Sadly, all I know are the fun/inappropriate words. OOPS!

  33. Melissa 05.06.2011

    I agree pasty cardboard, uncooked corn tortillas are super gross…but seriously take a corn tortilla and cook it carefully over an open flame on a gas stove (carefully!) or a skillet they soften up beautifully, double-layer them and insert taco fixins, you won’t go back to flour! Here’s another way to do it with just a little oil, http://gastronomygirl.blogspot.com/2008/02/corn-tortillas-and-how-to-cook-them.html highly recommend!

  34. Those enchiladas look delish! And your casserole dish is too cute.

    I’ll have to try your version of a skinny girl margarita, the stuff Bethenny Frankel sells is pretty weird tasting.

  35. Jenn 05.06.2011

    I LOVE when you include vegetarian recipes!!! I was thinking the other day that I’m kind of in the veggie rut and then you posted this! I can’t wait to make them. Thankfully the bf, who is a complete meat eater is willing to try my vegetarian cooking.

  36. kate 05.07.2011

    We keep Tequila in our house!!

  37. Melanie 05.10.2011

    I keep tequila in the house. Several kinds, actually. Some high quality stuff to drink straight, cheaper stuff for margaritas.

  38. Liz 05.19.2011

    I made these this week and oh goodness they were SO GOOD! My husband loved them too and usually he is quite skeptical of anything vegetarian. The creamy filling made them taste almost like a combination of enchiladas and lasagna, which seems weird but it totally worked. Thanks for another great recipe!!

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