Around the middle of December I started considering whether or not I would like to make resolutions for the new year. I’ve made them in the past, and some I’ve stuck to while others were quickly forgotten. I took it as a sign when, while thinking this thought, I logged in to Twitter and the top post was from Runner’s World and said “Need a Resolution? Here are 7 suggestions”.
I can’t remember the other 6, but suggestion #4 was Meatless Mondays. It had a few sentences explaining that meat is full of saturated fat, and that eliminating meat from your diet even one day out of the week can be beneficial. For many things I have a “Hey, why not?” mentality, so I decided to give it a go. Not only is it healthy, I’ll learn new recipes!
So. The first two Mondays I’ll admit I missed. The first Monday of the year was not only the day of the Rose Bowl (yay, Ducks!) but a day I went and explored some lava caves on Mt. St. Helens. The second Monday was the first day of school. On both of these days I simply forgot.
My companions and I, after our trek through the underground lava caves.
Rejoicing over the Ducks' Rose Bowl win at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Last week I didn’t eat anything special and realized that if I’m going to not eat meat on Mondays I’ll need to make it fun. I hopped on Pinterest and started searching, and my first recipe is Black Bean Enchiladas (see the original here). The recipe is very simple, took about 40 minutes from start to finish, and is pretty inexpensive! I altered it slightly from the original and this is what I came up with:
1, 15 oz. can black beans
1, 15 oz. can corn
2 cups (ish) cooked brown rice
1, 16 oz bag tri-color bell pepper stips
1 packet enchilada seasoning
2 cups (ish) salsa (I used Emerald Valley)
1.5 cups Mexican cheese
12, 6″ tortillas
9×13 baking dish, oven preheated to 350.
First thing get the rice cooking. I generally do 1 2/3 cups water to 1 cup of rice. While the rice is cooking, rinse and drain your beans and corn, and defrost the peppers however the heck you prefer defrosting things. Mix the beans, corn, peppers, enchilada seasoning, and about 3/4 of a cup of salsa.
You're going to sample this every time you add something new. I mean, if you're like me you will.
When the rice is done mix it in and your filling is ready! I put a little cheese on the tortillas before laying down the filling… who doesn’t like extra cheese? I don’t have a specific amount to say to put in the for the filling, because my tortillas from Trader Joes were not equal sizes… mwerp. But this is what mine looked like:
Don't fill it all the way to the sides or it's going to fall out after you roll it up!
The work station.
I was able to fit 10 in the pan as pictured above, then 2 went along the side and it was a perfect fit. Once they’re all in the pan pour the remaining 1 1/4 cup of salsa on top and spread out with a spoon, then cover with cheese. Throw it in the oven for about 25 minutes and you’re done!
You can't really see the cheesy goodness that's on the inside, but it was definitely a good call.
It kind of blew my mind how delicious this recipe was. It would also be really easy to add meat to this and have it be equally tasty, and next time I’ll probably put some avocado on it. Either way, I’m glad for Meatless Mondays, because who knows how long it would have taken for me to realize there’s a quick and simple enchilada recipe that only dirties 3 dishes and a spoon!