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!

 

thanks bff!

LOL!

just found this in my drafts so i’m totally posting it now. and…re-answering!

 

ok you have to think of one word for each answer!

1. Where is your cell phone? table
2. Your significant other? office
3. Your hair? greyish
4. Your mother? meow
5. Your father? hilarious
6. Your sibling? entertaining
7. Your dream last night? forgotten
8. Your favorite drink? refreshing
9. Your dream/goal? kindness
10. The room you’re in? open
11. Your fear? irrational
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? loved
13. Where were you last night? movie
14. What you’re not? allergy-less (hahaha)
15. Muffins? daybreak
16. One of your wish list items? boots
17. Where you grew up? cray
18. The last thing you did? drank (HAHAHAHA that sounds so bad…)
19. What are you wearing? comfy
20. Your TV? off
21. Your pet? non-existent
22. Your computer? adequate
23 Your life? full
24. Your mood? sleepy (is that a mood?)
25. Missing someone? content
26. Your car? red
27. Something you’re not wearing? scarf
28. Favorite Store? sur la table
29. Next summer? happy
30. Favorite color? purple
31. When is the last time you laughed? now
32. Last time you cried? singing
33. Four places I go over and over? target, rosas, sister’s, whole foods
34. Four favorite foods: almond butter, sandwiches, fried eggs, ice cream
35. Four places I would rather be right now: asleep, movie, disney, hotel

billy vs. steve

as you may or may not know, my favorite movie is the king of kong: a fistful of quarters. this is actually a documentary based on two champions of the old, mario original, donkey kong.

i think i like it so much because it tells a real story. for YEARS…decades even, billy mitchell was the reigning champion of donkey kong with over 90 thousand points as his high score. although the documentary portrays him as kind of the bad guy, he’s very charitable. he loves people and has a super successful hot sauce business.

his challenger is 7th grade science teacher from washington state, steve weibe. he actually came to austin to try to break the world record at the alamo drafthouse. it was totally awesome, and he said he felt like a star here. but that’s how we do in austin—we keep it weird.

check it out. come over and watch it with use. we even have the soundtrack, ha!

you can watch the trailer here, and keep up with the latest updates on high scores and who’s what and where, at billy vs. steve dot com.

watch it. don’t chumpatize yourself.

floor-e-dahh

this past weekend we took a quick trip to orlando to watch some of our friends get married. well, i watched, dan participated (he was a groomsman). it was a little warm, but otherwise beautiful weather and we had a wonderful, fancy time.

we love watching people get married because it reminds us of our special day. we reminisced about all the events surrounding our marriage and how grateful we were for those who poured into us during the process. we had great conversations about Jesus, community and how we were doing as a couple. i loved getting away, in a different atmosphere, getting to hang out with dan for a weekend and have lots of quality time!

hp world was like a fan’s DREAM. delicious butterbeer, a perfectly replicated street of hogsmeade, with joke shops, candy stores, and an owl post. they had ollivanders too, even tho that’s really in diagon alley. hogwarts in and of itself was really unbelievable. it was one of the coolest rides ever, combining 3-D, projections, and roller coaster. on the way into the ride, you walk through the greenhouse, dumbledor’s office, and the hall of portraits. so amazing!

here’s a pic of hogsmeade…check out the butterbeer cart!

here’s one of dan and i enjoying a tasty butterbeer. yum!

and i could definitely not complete this post without showing a picture of hogwarts!

i hope someday we get to have kids and take them here. it was super fun!

thanks for reading.

pom-poms galore!

my nieces are turning two in the next two weeks, and this calls for the GREATEST of celebrations! they are actually having a petting zoo party this weekend that i am sooo bummed to miss, as dan and i are traveling to florida, for a wedding.

last saturday, amy (sister) and i had a total same brain idea on a decoration idea. tissue pom-pom balls!

here’s are a few finished ones, hanging in between paper lanterns:

and here are our lovely assistants, mary and amanda c:

i think we made about 12 puffs. totally awesome and easy. basically it takes three steps. here’s how we did ours.

1. lay the tissue flat and fold, accordion style.
2. tie the middle (not too tight) with a pipe cleaner or with floral wire.
3. spread and fluff each side to make an awesome pom pom!

it’s fun to mix different colors together, and cut the tissue paper to make smaller sizes, too. i saw a picture somewhere of someone who had made a lot of smaller ones and strung them together as a garland. totally rad!

you can also, before fluffing and after tying your pipe cleaner, take a pair of scissors and scallop or cut a point on the ends to create different looks.

enjoy! thanks for reading.

february 5th.

daniel and i tied the knot back in february and it was amazing! we had a small wedding at the driskill hotel, and it could not have been more perfect. we had an amazing time celebrating with our community here in austin, and while we wished we could have invited the whole world, it was the right choice for us.

the day itself presented a few challenges. of the few folks we did invite from out of town, most didn’t make it due to weather…even my dad almost didn’t get here! my groom had the flu, and my jewelry didn’t arrive in time, but all of these things faded away when we focused on the purpose of our day: love.

we had a beautiful, intimate ceremony. dan asked his best man, adam, to share the story of Jesus before we got started, and then our great friends larry and jacob co-officiated our vows and challenges that ushered us into marriage.

we had some of the greatest people in the world standing with us, too. it was one of the toughest, most prayed-through decisions choosing our bridal party. i absolutley couldn’t stop at 3, so i also had 5 honorary bridesmaids, too. :) it was totally awesome and i couldn’t imagine the big day without any one of them participating. they were all a part of our story, and that was so important to us.

yeah…they were seriously great. they prayed with me and encouraged me. bryan, one of the groomsmen, got dan packed for our trip and dressed for the wedding amidst his haze of flu-y sickness. i found out later that day that bryan had just come off an overnight shift at the hospital at 7am. what a great friend! he took such good care of my man!

my sister, mary, directed the actual wedding and i was so grateful for her. we sat down only the week beforehand, so that i could drill into her every single intricate detail and plan that i had worked out with our vendors and she handled it like a pro.

our music was amazing. our friends andrea and darnell played guitar and violin and played several songs darnell had actually written for our community. incredible. everything tied together so well.

the reception was nothing short of fabulous! because it was a small scale, we decided treat our guests to high tea. the driskill is really good at this, and did not disappoint. we had tea sandwiches, lemon tarts, scones with the oh-so-fabulous cream, full tea service and champagne any way you wanted it. we had a BLAST celebrating afterwords!

it really was a great day. i got to marry my best friend. marriage has been a blessing beyond anything i can articulate. insert lots of smiling here. :)

i couldn’t finish this post without mentioning our amazing photgrapher, shari henson. she and her second, clair, were so much fun to work with! they went with the flow, and stayed cool and calm the whole time. i appreciated this so much because things can so easily get crazy on your wedding day. she was super professional and knew exactly what she wanted to shoot. she had asked me a ton of questions before and captured some really great moments. i am so thankful for her, and for her friendship, and just that she’s my sister in Christ. that bond is something else. we get each other.

here are a few pictures from the big day. :) thanks shari! you should all hire her to do your weddings, engagements, portraits, newborn pics, family photos, i mean really anything you can think of!


this picture is really special. one of the reasons we chose the driskill is because it’s a place we go on dates regularly. it’s right next door to the ritz, we can always find parking, and it’s fabulous! katie is our usual waitress, and this is our ‘spot.’ it’s where we first said our i love yous, and i want to marry yous.


i crack myself up right here, hehe! this is our friend adam, giving us a toast before eating the amazing german chocolate cake. it was hilarious and heart felt. and that’s totally an envelope of honeymoon $ falling out of dan’s vest. ha!


this pretty well sums up how i was feeling. i was SO excited to see dan! i was having fun getting ready with my best girls, and we had just had delicious cinnamon rolls. yumm. i love it!


that’s my man! we decided to do a little shoe change for the reception. i had also done a hair style change. we were having a blast with the photogs and our hair stylist. :) great times!

we’ll have more pics soon. thank you, everyone, near and far, for loving us and making our day so wonderful!

life and routine

i am a huge fan of nancy leigh demoss, who wrote the book, “lies women believe.” i follow her through all forms of social media, and the other day she tweeted something that i can’t get out of my head:

it’s easier to breathe life back into a lifeless routine than to get life where there’s no routine at all.

i have absolutley no complaints about my life being dull or lifeless. in fact, it’s quite the opposite! i just got married, went to greece, went to AFRICA before that! oh my word. but i think i’ve been craving getting back INTO a routine after the whirlwind that has been the past six months. which makes me realise that i want my routine to be life-giving and life-breathing, not to myself, but to others.

dan and i realised early on in our relationship, that “normal” and “routine” things were not part of this deal, ha! there have been a lot of nights where we had just bought movie tickets and then had to go pick someone up. or we’d sit down for a meal, and need to go and see our friend olivia on the east side and help her pay her bills. it is never a burden to help someone. sometimes we get selfish with our own desires, but God gives us rest, joy and understanding through these things.

i’ve never been one for new years resolutions, but i think a routine of prayerful goal-setting and public accountability is healthy. i will never be ‘perfect’ with helping others or knocking out my to-do list, but there are some things that i think can set me up to succeed. and in that process, take care of the body and life God graciously gave to me. so here are three things i want to incorporate into my life, in a meaningful way:

1. read ephesians with a purpose. before our wedding, i began a study called, ‘by his wounds we are healed,” by wendy alsup (another believer that i stalk via social media). i was in this study for about a month and never made it past the first chapter. not because i was slacking, but God was keeping me there. i am ready to revisit and soak it in.

2. cook more at home. i should probably add cook ‘healthy’ more at home (i do love butter and sugar!). even during dating, dan and i have always cooked a meal together at least once a week, and we’ve gotten into a good habit of this being married. we do okay–nutrition-wise, but i’ve noticed lately how sluggish we are due to too many homemade biscuits (oh so good!) and other pastries/breads. so i want to incorporate more lean meats and veggies into our diet. noms.

3. run away! okay maybe just a mile away. ha! i got really back into a great workout routine last august, and even joined a gym. but with wedding-mania it has been way on the back-burner. my bud larry and i ran a 5K in december and i want to follow his lead in doing 3 more races this year. which means…back to the gym. consistently.

it seems like a lot thinking it all through, but i know that they can become good patterns to my day. so please feel free to ask me how they are going! and feel free to ask me how my heart is doing around these issues, too.

thanks for reading.