Vegan “Sour Cream” Enchiladas

Who am I even?

We sort of accidentally fell into this crazy vortex of vegetables and really simplified eating and grocery shopping and I don’t hate the side effects one bit.

So here I am, typing up my very first vegan recipe, and it just sounds weird as I read this out loud in my head. “Vegan.” LOL! I just can’t.

Anyway, here we go! AND IT WAS SO TASTY!!

 

I had a serious crave for Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas. And being a serious Texan, I know how to throw some of these down without an actual recipe. However, y’all….Y’ALL…I am not a chef, and I don’t really know everything about what I’m doing yet. So don’t hate with the opinions, just enjoy this delish meal sometime. :)

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This made about 8 enchiladas, in a square pan, and I filled them pretty darn full. This is pretty approximate, so just take a deep breath an embrace your inner-mexican food side and go with the flow to see how the tortillas lead you. Here’s what I did:

FIRST—preheat your oven to 425, and grease a square shaped pan (or a 9×13 if you want to make more/stuff them less, or whathaveyou).

Things you’ll need aside from the Enchiladas:

Tortillas (I used HEB’s Wheat)

Square baking dish, or other  baking dish of your choice

An oven

A stovetop

A food processor or blender

Spoons and pans and stuff

 

For the “Sour Cream” Sauce:

1.5 cups of Cashews, soaked for at LEAST 10 minutes (then drained)

1.5 cups of Coconut Yogurt

2 shakes of Cumin

10oz can of green chilies with their sauce

Water IF NEEDED to thin things out, but you may want to just eyeball this. No more than a quarter cup most likely-ish.

 

Dump all the things into your food processor, blender, etc. and BLEND THAT JUNK! Set to the side.

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For the Filling

I chopped up:

1 cucumber

1 tomato

Half a yellow squash

(Because I had random bits of things leftover from lunch)

—And sauteed them in a tiny bit of EVOO and a WHOLE LOTTA lime, on the stove top. In the meantime, I rinsed a can of black beans, and chopped up an avocado (OH YES! I SAID IT! To go INSIDE!! It’s so good and creamy, just do it and you’re totally welcome.)  I also added a handful of Vegan shredded cheese and some giantly huge spoonfuls of the sauce and gave it a good stir, by hand.

 

When the filling is done, take your square pan (or whatever you are using) and coat the bottom with a thin layer of your sauce. Then, just fill each tortilla, roll it up, and dump all the rest of the creamy non-dairy sauce of joy onto all your enchiladas!

 

SOOO at this point, I just threw it in the oven for about 22 minutes (don’t judge me, I was also boiling corn). I read later that it’s a good idea to keep in moisture, to cover it in foil for at least half the cooking time but I definitely did not do that. Sorry, enchiladas.

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I served everything with refried beans and corn. I was going to make street corn but then remembered that I am not an overachiever when it comes to dinner time, laughed, and then went on my way.  The beans were a bit heavy so I think next time I’ll slice up some fruit instead.

All in all, this was a family hit, so we will repeat this again soon.

Let me know if you make this! And if you have any other Mexican Food Recipes I should try!

 

the un-get together

we had a little get together with our neighbors last night…that ended up be the un-get together. so sad! we had been planning it a little over a week, and even confirmed and reconfirmed…when 7, 7:15 and 7:30 rolled around, we got a little worried. about 7:50 we started eating, and at 8:45 the doorbell rang.

one of our neighbors ended up bringing a gorgeous cheesecake and 1/2 a loaf of banana bread that he had made. they were both SO tasty! we never got a straight answer for the nonattendance, but we were really touched by these amazing treats!

i think we kind of realized that, you know, our circle of friends that we regularly have over, are people we work with or go to church with…aka people we see every single day. although we (i) have been building relationships with these guys for almost a year…we definitely don’t interact every day and will go weeks without seeing each other. i think it sort of dawned on us that, especially in our neighborhood…people are really skeptical, and it might have been a big deal to actually show up and show trust in being invited into someone’s home. the truth is, they DON’T know us. kind of sobering.

we hope to have them all over to the new place, as we are running short on time. totally a crazar evening, and hoping that they will welcome our continued outreach.

i made some last minute centerpieces for the table last night and couldn’t go without showing them to you. :)

ta-da!

i picked up the flowers yesterday at whole foods for $4, and already had the dried beans (about 60 cents in bulk at whole foods). i just used two drinking glasses from my cabinet, and voila….a cheap, but fun, centerpiece!

i paired them with some yellow bird tea light holders (love!). we were totally set.

 

dan and i enjoyed a delish dinner for two and it was nice to catch up. :)

thanks for reading!