Healthy Enchiladas with Chard ‘Tortillas’ {Gluten free, Vegetarian}

Healthy Enchiladas with Chard ‘Tortillas’ {Gluten free, Vegetarian}
July 3, 2017 megsri8
healthy enchiladas

Hello! I have been thoroughly busy with new work opportunities in HK. Currently working in a cafe to make healthy, gluten free cakes and desserts with vegan options. It is a lot of fun but takes a lot of my time. Simultaneously I also have my studies for my Nutrition consultant course which is thoroughly enjoyable but again time consuming. This means that my blog and Instagram has taken a bit of a back seat! I am going to do my best to share my healthy recipe ideas as well as articles on how to get the best from your natural ingredients but I will have to slow down the pace for a bit. Now let me get down to sharing this delicious and amazing recipe for healthy enchiladas made with Swiss Chard ‘Tortillas’!

healthy enchiladas

This recipe is a promotional post for a wonderful organic vegetable company called Eat Fresh HK who generously sent across the ingredients for this veg based healthy Enchiladas. I came across this online organic Vegetable store when I first moved to Hong Kong. I loved their hearty kale and apples which are perfect for my green juice. I also love their swiss chard, mint leaves, peppers, fennel and cherry tomatoes. They source the vegetables from an organic farm in HK as well as from a farm in South China ensuring a range of delicious vegetables throughout the year. I was so happy to meet the lovely owner and her story was absolutely inspiring! I was absolutely delighted to create these delicious Healthy enchiladas using her beautiful Rainbow Swiss Chard. If you live in HK, then do have a look at her website and try her vegetables. She also sells organic Pantry ingredients and home care products and I can guarantee the quality!

 

healthy enchiladas

Now back to these delicious and healthy Enchiladas. Enchiladas is a recipe from Mexico where wheat or corn tortillas are filled with meat, then rolled and baked in a dish of spicy sauce and loaded with cheese. It is extremely delicious but can be loaded with too many calories, saturated fat and no vegetables. In my version of the healthy enchiladas instead of using tortillas I have use the leaves of the Rainbow Swiss Chard. It is slightly thicker and tougher than spinach but similar in flavour. The rainbow coloured stems means that it is packed with antioxidants and is hence a very healthy greens to choose and consume. If you cannot get your hands on Rainbow Swiss chard then regular chard or Beet greens or adult Spinach will work well. I wrap the Enchilada filling in these greens hence not only removing the additional grains but sneaking in a healthy vegetable as well! Steps on how to use the Swiss chard as a ‘tortilla’ is in the method below.

healthy enchiladas

For the filling I made it Vegetarian by using baked Sweet potato, American corn and cooked black beans with some coriander and spring onions. This is a good substitute for meat as the sweet potato adds a good source of carbohydrate and fibre to make the meal more substantial. The black beans acts as a good source of vegetarian protein as well as adds the required fibre and body to the meal. I also fill each of the Chard ‘tortillas’ with a little grated cheddar cheese. If you are Vegan or lactose intolerant you can use a dairy free version or skip it all together.

For the Enchilada sauce I followed a simple recipe I found here but modified it by making it Gluten free using Buckwheat flour and changing the ratio of the spices and flavourings. The sauce is extremely easy and can be made quite quickly as long as you have the basic spices. Finally the Avocado cream is delicious and simplified sauce to add on top of the Healthy Enchiladas once baked and piping hot. It is a simple combination of Fresh Avocados and yogurt blended with a little coriander. If you have a busy day you can just serve it with sliced avocados and a dollop of fresh natural yogurt or skip these all together. I love the additional cooling texture and flavour the Avocados give to this delicious healthy dinner idea.

healthy enchiladas

These Healthy Enchiladas with Chard ‘Tortilla’ freezes very well. Make a double batch and freeze one to have later in the week and solve your dinner prep plans for a busy weekday. I do hope you like this delicious dinner recipe and give it a try. What other meals can we make using Chard as a wrap? I am curious and would love your suggestions.

Do let me me know how the recipe turns out for you in the comments below. Tag me on Facebook @meghnaswholefoodskitchen or on Instagram using my handle @meghnas_ and #meghnas so that I can share your creations on my account as well.

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Healthy Enchiladas made with Chard {Gluten free, Vegetarian}
healthy enchiladas
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Enchilada Sauce
For the Enchilada Filling
For the avocado cream
For the topping
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Enchilada Sauce
For the Enchilada Filling
For the avocado cream
For the topping
healthy enchiladas
Instructions
  1. For the Enchilada sauce: Heat the olive oil to a medium heat and add the the buckwheat flour. Keep stirring till you get an aroma or it changes colour slightly. Add all the spices including the coconut sugar and salt and continue stirring. After a few minutes add the chicken or veg stock and reduce heat. Add the tomato paste or vinegar at this point if adding and stir through. Stir once in a while over the next 15 minutes till it thickens. Set aside.
  2. For the Filling: Roughly crush the black beans in a large bowl. Add the sweet potato and mash again. Add the american corn, spices, seasoning, spring onions and coriander and mix together. Set aside.
  3. Pre heat the oven to 180C. In a rectangular baking tin spread a 1/4 of the enchilada sauce till covering the base. Wash the Swiss chard leaves and trim away the stems just at the base. Use the stems to make a smoothie or salad later on. Lightly dry the leaves.
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  4. Turn over the leaf and slightly flatten the stem by pressing down. Add a tablespoon or two of the sweet potato filling about two fingers space away from the base. Add a teaspoon of grated cheese. Fold over from the base, covering the filling. Holding it down, fold over the leaves vertically on either side to close over. Tightly roll the leaves horizontally. Place seam side down in the baking dish spread with enchilada sauce. Repeat the same with the rest of the leaves and tightly fit it all in the baking tray.
    healthy enchiladas
  5. Pour over the enchilada sauce over the swiss chard roll. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 40 minutes or till the cheese is golden brown. Remove from oven. Sprinkle over the coriander leaves and spring onions. Drizzle the avocado sauce over or serve on the side or add sliced avocados on top and serve with fresh yogurt. Serve hot.
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