Monday, September 13, 2010

Another Meatless Monday success

Pumpkin enchiladas.

They just sound weird. Really weird. Pumpkin is for pies and cookies -- not for Mexican dishes. Yet when I saw the recipe over at Peanut Butter Fingers, I couldn't help but be intrigued ... and tempted.

Just one problem: Pumpkin is still nearly impossible to find. However, I did have half of a butternut squash in the fridge and have found the gourd to be a good sub for my fall favorite.

So yeah ... Butternut Squash Enchiladas ... yeah.

Hmmm .... hmmm ... mmm ... MMM ... GOOD!

While I don't have any photos to whet your palate, I can tell you that these were so good. Smoky, spicy and just the hint of sweetness from the squash ... very balanced Hearty, too.

Butternut Squash Enchiladas
Adapted from Peanut Butter Fingers

Small onion, chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 (10-ounce) can red enchilada sauce
15 ounces roasted butternut squash, pureed
1 (15-ounce) can light red kidney beans
Handful cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
4 Smart & Delicious tortillas (La Tortilla Factory)
1/2 cup 2% cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a fairly decent-sized skillet, use either a drizzle of canola oil or a few sprays of non-stick spray to coat the pan. Add onions and garlic and saute until soft. Add enchilada sauce, then squash and stir until well combined. Add cilantro, cumin and chili powder; mix well. Add a thin layer of sauce to a 9x13 baking pan. Take a tortilla and add even amounts of kidney beans and the sauce mixture. Roll into a burrito and put it into the pan. Repeat with other tortillas. Top with the remainder of sauce and cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or so until the cheese is melted. Serve with 0% Greek yogurt or sour cream.

By the way, these reheat beautifully. I made them Sunday night to eat for lunch today -- and several other days this week -- and just microwaved one enchilada for about 1 minute, 30 seconds. (I often make a healthy batch-type recipe on Sundays to enjoy for lunch throughout the week. Just a Healthy Strides tip, from me to you.)

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