Hi! My name is Nancy and I am the mother of a child who has food allergies -wheat, soy, dairy, chicken and beef. When I found out I did what any parent would do -I stocked up on cookbooks dedicated to those with allergies and then cleaned out the kitchen of all the offending foods. Afterall, we weren't going to eat lasagna in front of our son while he snacks on a rice cake.

Now nearly a year into this I've figured out how to alter recipes, seperate ingredients and give my family food that they all love (and can eat) without me having to make multiple meals.

Please take advantage of what I've learned!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Vegetable Enchiladas

This recipe is: vegetarian, egg free, soy free, nut free, rice free

Contains: corn, wheat, gluten and dairy

Alterations: To make this recipe wheat and gluten free substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten/wheat free flour. To make this recipe dairy and casein free substitute the cheese with a non dairy version. We like daiya.

Enchilada Sauce:
2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for baking dishes
3 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup tomato paste
2 cans (14.5 ounces) vegetable broth
coarse sea salt and ground pepper

Enchilada Filling:
2 cups (16 ounces) grated pepper Jack and Jalapeno cheese
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 box (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 box (10 ounces) frozen corn kernels, thawed
6 scallions, thinly sliced,  white and green parts (reserve some of the green part for enchilada topping)

16 corn tortillas (6-inch)

First make the sauce: In a large saucepan heat oil over medium. Add 2 teaspoons cumin, the flour and tomato paste; cook whisking for about 1 minute. Whisk in broth and add 1 1/2 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Next make the filling: In a large bowl, combine about 14 ounces of the cheese, beans, spinach, corn, scallions, 1 tsp cumin; season with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 400 f. Lightly oil 1 16-inch baking dish or 2 8-inch baking dishes; set aside. Stack 4 tortillas, wrap in damp paper towels and microwave for 40 seconds. Repeat, until all 16 tortillas have been warmed and softened. Top each tortilla with 1/3 cup of filling; roll tightly and arrange, seam side down, in prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle with remaining cheese and top with sauce. Bake uncovered until hot and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes. Allow 5 minutes to cool and garnish with green scallion tops.