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Green Enchiladas
I like to serve this with fresh greens, such as arugula or spinach, tossed with a little lime juice. Chopped onions, fresh salsa and avocado also go well with this dish. I put out a number of different toppings for my family. My boys tend to eat more if they get to play a part in choosing what is going to go with their meal.

Total Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Total Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6

  Green Enchiladas
Enchilada Filling:

4 cups cooked cannellini beans
3 cloves garlic
1 medium white onion, roughly chopped
salt to taste
4 ounces mild diced green chilies
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
soft corn tortillas

Puree white beans in a food processor with garlic, onion and green chilies. Stir in corn.

To Make the Enchiladas: Using a 9 x 9 baking dish, spread tortillas out in a layer then spread the puréed white beans over them.

Next spread a layer of White Sauce (recipe below) and repeat all of the layers until you run out of ingredients ending with a layer of Green Enchilada Sauce (recipe below) on top.

Bake in an oven preheated to 350° for 20 to 30 minutes.

White Sauce
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups

3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
4 tablespoons brown rice flour
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups non-dairy milk
salt to taste

Pour the dry ingredients into a skillet and allow them to cook until they begin to toast. Add the milk and whisk well until combined. Using a spoon, stir often until the sauce thickens.

Green Enchilada Sauce
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups

1 7-ounce can Mexican green sauce
1 ½ cups water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

Combine all of the ingredients except the cilantro. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils and thickens. Add the cilantro just before serving.

One Pot Pasta
This is a very quick meal that you can easily substitute in different vegetables depending on what you and your family likes, and what you have on hand.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6

1 pound pasta, I used farfalle but you can use whole grain or gluten-free pasta
 
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups chopped kale
1 jar fat-free marinara sauce, or 3 cups homemade marinara sauce

Bring a large pot of water to boil.
Add noodles and boil for 8 minutes. Add broccoli and asparagus and cook for 2 more minutes. Add kale and cook 2 – 4 minutes, depending on how al dente you want your pasta and vegetables. Drain pasta and vegetables. Pour everything back into the pot and add pasta sauce. Stir to combine.

Spicy Thai Noodles
This is a wonderful meal for hot summer nights because it requires minimal cooking and it may be made completely ahead of time and served cold or at room temperature.  It also keeps well in a cooler so it is a great picnic food.

Preparation Time:  30 minutes
Cooking Time:  10 minutes
Servings:  4

 
12 to 14 ounces rice noodles (broken in half)
1 batch (about 2 cups) Spicy Thai Dressing (see below)
1½ cups mung bean sprouts
1½ cups shredded carrots
1 cup Napa cabbage, shredded
7 ounces baked seasoned tofu, thinly sliced (optional)
Chopped cilantro Prepare noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, prepare the Spicy Thai Dressing. Set aside. Place the mung bean sprouts, carrots, cabbage and seasoned tofu, if using, in a bowl and mix together. Add the bowl of vegetables and tofu to the noodles and toss well to mix. Slowly add in the Spicy Thai Dressing to the mixture until you have the desired amount of dressing. Serve warm or at room temperature. Let each person add chopped cilantro for garnish, if desired. 

SPICY THAI DRESSING
½ cup lime juice
1 cup sweet chili sauce
¼ cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons cold water
½ bunch cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons ginger, minced

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until the ingredients are mixed well.

 

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