Black Bean & Butternut Enchilada Skillet

June 13, 2014
Black Bean & Butternut Enchilada Skillet - A vegetarian spin on a classic .. the sweetness of the squash along with the savory flavors of the beans & spices is a wonderful combination.

Such a beautiful week

is coming to a close ..

Black Bean & Butternut Enchilada Skillet - A vegetarian spin on a classic .. the sweetness of the squash along with the savory flavors of the beans & spices is a wonderful combination.

The weather in Iowa has been picture perfect .. kind we live for all year round .. mid 70s .. sunny and beautiful. I kept reminding myself to savor the moments .. how nice it is to have the windows open at night .. be able to throw on flip-flops and head off on my bike .. smile as the puppies ears flop in the breeze on our drive across town

Looking forward to the weekend ahead .. a Korean themed dinner party with friends .. and a special menu planned for Father's Day

It will feel good to spend some time in the kitchen .. having taken a break from cooking the past few days

Black Bean & Butternut Enchilada Skillet - A vegetarian spin on a classic .. the sweetness of the squash along with the savory flavors of the beans & spices is a wonderful combination.

The one exception .. this spin on enchiladas

This recipe a vegetarian version of a classic .. easy to put together .. inexpensive .. and ready to eat within a half an hour. If you're one looking for the balance protein brings .. shredded chicken or beef make for easy additions

Butternut squash .. black beans .. peppers .. and spices are simmered in a homemade enchilada sauce .. with tortillas and cheese added at the end. The sweetness from the squash along with the savory flavors is a wonderful combination.

Black Bean & Butternut Enchilada Skillet - A vegetarian spin on a classic .. the sweetness of the squash along with the savory flavors of the beans & spices is a wonderful combination.

Left-overs can easily be put to use as topping for salads .. inside quesadillas .. in tacos .. burritos .. or even as a dip with crackers.

Enjoy!

xoxo

ps:  This recipe can take a bit of time if one has to roast the squash. I like to buy mine pre-cut from the frozen section .. or I'll roast the squash ahead of time

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~ Adapted from Perry's Plate .. here

Black Bean & Butternut Enchilada Skillet
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Red Onion, Diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, Minced
  • 2 small red peppers
  • 3 cups (or 2 10-oz bags frozen) ½ Inch Diced, Peeled Butternut Squash
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • a pinch each salt & pepper (** more to taste)
  • 3 cups black beans, cooked (** or 2 15-oz cans black beans, rinsed & drained)
  • 6 Yellow Corn Tortillas (taco Size), Cut Into Thick Strips
  • 1½ cups homemade enchilada sauce (** see recipe below) OR 1 can (15-oz) red enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup Manchego cheese, divided (** Colby Jack or a Mexican blend)
  • ** Optional for serving: Cilantro, guacamole, & hot sauce. We topped ours with greek yogurt .. though a low-fat sour cream .. or even labnah would be some other alternatives
Instructions
  1. In a skillet over medium .. heat olive oil.
  2. Add onions, garlic, and peppers. Cook 3-4 minutes until the onions become translucent & the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add cubed squash, cumin, chili powder, salt & pepper.
  4. Cook .. stirring occasionally .. until the squash becomes slightly tender. If using fresh squash 8-10 minutes. If using frozen pre-cubed squash 3-4 minutes.
  5. (** Keep an eye .. the goal being squash pieces that are fork tender, but not so tender that they start to fall apart and become mushy)
  6. Add the black beans, corn tortilla pieces, and can of enchilada sauce. Stir to combine.
  7. Reduce the heat to low and sprinkle in ½ cup of cheese. Stir again and simmer for a few minutes until the cheese has melted through
  8. Turn your oven broiler to high. Sprinkle an additional ½ cup of cheese over the top of the enchilada mixture and place in the oven under broiler for 3-5 minutes until cheese melts and tortilla edges become a bit golden brown.
  9. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
  10. Serve with sour cream, cilantro, guacamole, or hot sauce!
Notes
Nutritional Data by %
% Protein: 18
% Carbs: 43
% Fat: 38
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙ Total Recipe Calories: 257 Fat: 9.7 Carbohydrates: 27.84 Sugar: 4 Protein: 9.59
 

~ Adapted from Emeril Lagasse .. here

Simple Red Enchilada Sauce
 
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Serves: 10 (1/4 cup servings)
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 cups chicken stock (** I used Magic Mineral Broth)
  • 10 oz tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan heat oil, add flour, smoothing and stirring with a wooden spoon. Cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add chili powder and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add stock, tomato paste, oregano, and cumin. Stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. (The sauce will thicken as it cooks) Adjust the seasonings to taste
Notes
Nutritional Data by %
% Protein: 11
% Carbs: 38
% Fat: 48
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ cup Calories: 84 Fat: 4.81 Carbohydrates: 8.18 Sugar: 3.8 Protein: 2.5

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