Mexican-Inspired Casserole

Vegetarian does not mean bland, especially in this zippy Mexican-inspired casserole that is chock full of whole grains and vegetables. If you prefer a bit of dairy to cool spicy foods down a notch, pair this dish with a dollop of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt for a tangy finish to a scrumptious dish.

Enchilada Casserole

Enchilada Casserole

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Amazingly delicious, healthy enchiladas start with whole-grain tortillas and enchilada sauce made from scratch. Put your own touch on the casserole by mixing up the vegetables with your family’s favorites. This recipe is very flexible – if you’re using canned goods that use a little more or a little less of any one ingredient, don’t sweat it, just use what you’ve got!

Not cooking for a crowd? Split this recipe into two 9×9 pans and freeze one for later! You won’t get exhausted by eating the same thing for a week and a half straight, and you’ll have an easy meal ready to pop in the oven on a busy night. Give it about an hour and a half to cook if you’re working from frozen and you’ll be good to go!

Servings: 10 (228 G)

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 50 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cups plain, no salt added tomato sauce
  • To taste: cumin, chili powder, oregano, garlic
  • 1 (15 ½ oz.) can no salt added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can low-sodium refried beans
  • 1 (4 oz.) can of diced green chiles
  • ½ to 2 large diced jalapeños
  • 1 cup mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup corn
  • 10-12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup part-skim cheese, shredded
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute the diced onion until it starts to soften.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the tomato sauce, spices to taste, black beans and refried beans.
  3. Add the rest of the vegetables to the sauce and bring to a simmer.
  4. Layer the casserole in a 9×13 baking pan. Start by adding a thin layer of the sauce to the bottom.Next add a layer of tortillas. Alternate sauce and tortillas until there’s about 1/4″ of space left.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese on top and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake at 350ºF for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake until cheese browns. Garnish with avocado.