Kale, Zucchini, and Pinto Bean Enchilada Recipe

by katerina on September 7, 2009

As we all know, I love kale. I love how it holds it’s texture after cooking, and I love its slightly bitter flavour. In fact, I just bought two massive kale plants to put in the garden, do you know you can harvest it all winter?

After a bit of excess last weekend I was looking for something comforting but healthy that was easy to throw together. I am still loving enchiladas and this recipe also uses the local and abundant zucchini. Put the enchiladas together, throw them in the oven, then sink into a bubble bath, go for a run, or a walk and they will be ready whenever you are. I like mine served with hot sauce and plain yogourt or sour cream. They also make great leftovers.

[print_this]Kale, Zucchini, and Pinto Bean Enchilada Recipe
(makes 2-4 servings)

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 small zucchinis, grated
salt and pepper
1 bunch kale, roughly chopped
1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
1/2 cup enchilada sauce (you can also use canned if you are in a rush)
4 tortillas, I used WW
1/2 cup Monterrey jack cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350F. Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and jalapenos and stir for one minute. Add zucchini, cumin and a big pinch of salt. Cook the zucchini until it loses it’s liquid it will take about 3 minutes, meanwhile continue to stir it regularly. Add kale and stir until wilted. Remove from heat and stir in a good amount of pepper, beans, green onion, cilantro, and a tablespoon of enchilada sauce.

Now put together the enchiladas. To do this prepare the tortillas by warming them in a hot skillet for about 30 seconds per side. (Note: this is a step I frequently skip when I am in a rush.) In an 8×8 square pan spoon one third of the remaining enchilada sauce over the bottom. One at a time form each enchilada. Put one quarter of the filling and a sprinkling of cheese in each tortilla, roll up and place in casserole. When you have all four done spoon the remaining enchilada sauce on top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.[/print_this]

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