Avocado and Cashew Enchiladas with Mild Red Sauce and Side Salad

Avocado and Cashew Enchilada with Mild Red Sauce and Mango and Blueberries

Just when you think you have it figured out, someone changes the rules. Last week I was raving that my kids were not missing the meat in my vegetarian meals.  This week, they missed the meat! The Avocado and Cashew Enchiladas were quite good, but the food was so soft it lacked texture – my kids liked the flavor but needed a psychological proxy for meat.  Black beans or kidney beans, butternut squash chunks, more coarsely chopped cashews, peas – something to “chew on” – would have been beneficial additions.  I do think I will make these again, but will experiment with adding different “meat textures”. Do you have any ideas? Please reply and share!

Avocado

You might be thinking that this meal is too high in fat / calories.  But this recipe only calls for 2 avocados for 4 servings. Avocados often get a bad rap because of their fat content.  However it is the very nature of the avocado’s fat content that makes it a heart healthy food with anti-inflammatory properties.  Avocados are also considered a “nutrient-rich” food and help with the absorption of important anti-oxidants.  Not all fat is the same…

The Verdict

The kids rated the meal an 8.  They thought with some chicken, the meal would be a 10.  My husband and I both gave the meal a 9.5 and did not have any “meat withdrawals…”

Avocado and Cashew Enchiladas with Mild Red Sauce

Getting Ahead

Tonight is the night to get ahead for the week. While the enchiladas were baking, I rubbed the week’s chicken with the BBQ rub in tomorrow’s recipe and while we ate I baked it.  I also baked the potatoes that will be used on Tuesday and Thursday. Prioritizing healthy home cooked meals for my family is easier some days than others. I think tomorrow will be easy!

Recipe

Avocado and Cashew Enchiladas with Mild Red Sauce and Side Salad

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids

Ingredients

For the Red Sauce:

1 lb. tomatoes, cut in chunks

2 bell peppers, cut in chunks

2 onions, cut into chunks

2 large cloves garlic

½ t salt

¼ t cumin

1/8 t black pepper

3 T lime juice

1/4 c cilantro

1/4 t chopped jalapeno pepper (optional)

For the Enchiladas:

2 medium sized avocados – ripe

juice from 1 lemon

1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped

4 finely minced scallions

½ C finely minced cilantro (or parsley if cilantro is not for you)

1 C finely chopped cashews, toasted

1/3 C plain yogurt

1 medium clove garlic

1/8 t salt

canola oil spray

8 corn tortillas (or flour if corn is not for you)

Instructions

Pre Heat Oven 325

  1. Make the red sauce OR buy enchilada sauce or salsa.
    1. If making red sauce, combine all sauce ingredients in food processor and puree.
    2. Make the Enchilada filling
      1. Mash avocados until smooth. Add lemon juice to prevent browning.
      2. Add remaining ingredients through salt.  Mix well.
      3. Make Enchiladas
        1. Pour a small amount of sauce in the bottom of the lightly sprayed baking pan.
        2. Heat griddle and lightly spray with canola oil.
        3. Place tortillas on griddle and heat 1 minutes on each side.
        4. Scoop ½ C avocado mixture  on to tortilla in a line.
        5. Roll tortilla and place in a lightly sprayed baking dish.
        6. Repeat 7 times.
        7. Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas.
        8. Place baking dish in oven for 30 minutes.
        9. While enchiladas are cooking, portion greens and make a small side salad on each plate. Top with no oil or low fat salad dressing.
        10. Serve 1-2 enchiladas per plate and serve!

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