When I think of this recipe my heart wants to swoon. So easy to make and the Homemade Enchilada Sauce really hits the spot. When you go grocery shopping for these ingredients, you may as well go ahead and get extra, because you are definitely going to want to make this again soon. When it comes out of the oven, it’s hard to wait for it to cool down before digging in.
For 8 enchiladas you will need:
- 2 c. Homemade Enchilada Sauce
- 1 c. Red Onion (chopped)
- 1 Bunch of Broccoli (cut into bite size pieces)
- 6 oz. Baby Spinach
- 1 Can 15 oz. Black Beans (drained)
- 8 Tortillas * I’ve been using Mission brand (Organic)
- 2 Tb. Olive Oil
- 1 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
- 1 ts. Ground Cumin
- 1/4 ts. Ground Cinnamon * I use Ceylon Cinnamon
- 1 c. Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
- 1/2 ts. Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
- Handful of Fresh Cilantro (chopped)
Preheat your oven to 400° F & Lightly grease a 13×9 baking dish with olive oil.
In a large skillet, warm 2 Tb. olive oil to a simmer. Add the red onion and the salt. Stirring often, cook for 5-7 minutes. Add the broccoli+bell pepper, stir and reduce heat to medium-low. Stirring often, cover skillet and cook 8-9 minutes. Add the cumin and cinnamon, cooking for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Now add the spinach. Great!
Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the beans, 1/4 c. shredded cheese (Don’t use all of it!) and 2 Tb Homemade Enchilada Sauce, along with salt+pepper. Mix well. Now your filling is complete. Pour 1/4 c. of sauce into the prepared baking dish until there is an even coat on the bottom.
To assemble the enchiladas, put 1/2 c. of filling down the middle of each tortilla, roll them up with open ends and place seam-side down inside the baking dish. Repeat until all 8 tortillas and filling have been used.
Now that they are assembled, drizzle the remaining sauce evenly over the tortillas, leaving the tips bare. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. When it’s ready, remove from the oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and now they are ready to be served. Enjoy!
What makes Ceylon Cinnamon different than other cinnamon? Well, it has a lighter color and a more delicate taste, and has many health benefits. For one thing, it brings insulin levels to a more normal level, so it’s a useful ingredient to combat Diabetes. My mind was blown when I found out about this little miracle spice. Did you know that it has cancer-fighting enzymes, helps manage blood pressure, and aids in Alzheimer’s prevention? Maybe the saying should be “A little Ceylon a day keeps the doctor away”! So where can you find this nifty little treat? I purchase it at a local health food store in Blacksburg, Virginia, named Eats. They have almost anything that I need when it comes to odd, hard to find ingredients. I can get a sizeable bag for around 1$. Yup! In fact I buy all my spices there. Bulk and organic, it’s the best place to go.
If you are keeping track of what you are eating, whether you have a health condition or need to lose weight and not sure if you are getting all the nutrients you need, this next session is for you. It’s always good to know exactly what we are putting into our bodies, especially if you’re looking to get healthy and stay healthy.
NOTE: The above label is for the entire ingredient list, including the homemade sauce. If you would like to see the difference between each label, feel free to visit my post here: Homemade Enchilada Sauce