Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Greener than Green Enchiladas

Greener than Green Enchiladas

As most of you know, I am actively trying to lose weight, so I've been playing around with my food quite a bit. For my Greener than Green Enchiladas, I used steamed collard greens as the wrap. In fact, I wrap a lot of things in steamed collards. Falafels, quinoa sushi salad, hummus and many more fillings have found their way into this this sturdy green!
So, back to my enchiladas, I made a quick filling of kale, quinoa, zucchini, black beans, pickled jalapenos, onions, garlic and spices, rolled them up and topped them with salsa verde, extra hot green olives and jalapenos. The top picture was before they were baked. During the last 10 minutes of baking, I added some soycheese and cilantro. I served two of the rolls with tofu sour scream, Mrs. Renfros green salsa and guacamole... on a bed of crispy iceberg lettuce. Not the prettiest dish, but it sure hit the spot. You have to chew the collards quite a bit, so it takes longer to eat than a corn tortilla enchilada. That's part of the charm.


Arugula Salad , baked "falafel, creamy wasabi slaw, pita chips

My lunch today made use of my leftovers. I tossed baby arugula in my lowfat "goddess" dressing and topped that with 2 of my "falafels"and a tiny bit of Newman's Own Lowfat Sesame Ginger salad dressing. I've had several inquiries about the falafels. They are by no means an authentic falafel! In fact, the base of them was some of my pumpkin curry soup (from the last post). I made 10 cups of soup, but only wanted to store 8 cups (in my 2 qt mason jar), so I mixed it up with some chickpea flour, oats, spices, parsely, cilatnro and scallions. That's it. I make falafel type patties from so many bases and they always taste the same. Sometimes, I use leftover hummus, sometimes I use leftover dal. I know it sounds wacky, but I'm serious! It works! Try it sometime!
Oh..... and the pita chips are made from the best low carb pita bread out there! 60 calories per pita, high in protein and high in fiber.
Tomorrow I am baking for my son's band fundraiser. I was going to bake cupcakes, but now I'm debating on brownies. I'm sure I'll change my mind a 1000 times before tomorrow. I hate to say it, but I really dislike baking. I had a cookie business from home when my kids were little, and I think it burned me out big time. I wish I could bake Isa's delicious carrot cake, but the fundraiser is a chocolate extravaganza, so I have to stick with chocolate.

13 comments:

  1. I think the enchiladas are really pretty! You are so inventive using collard greens in place of tortillas and making falafels from soup!

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  2. these both look fantastic! Love the green wrap - I'm always looking for ways to lower the amt of bready stuff I eat.

    I love baked falafels - falafel cookies, I like to call them.

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  3. Oh, I love your creativity with the greenness!! :) Kale all the fillings too sound so good and healthy! I hope you are doing well on your fitness goals!! Looks like you are doing great and I hope you are proud of yourself!!

    You were in the cookie business?! :) yum! I can see how you'd get tired of it though. Your real foods and dinners look way better than any cookies could anyhow!

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  4. That's a great idea for the enchilada wrapper. I had something wrapped in a green leaf a few weeks ago, but unfortunately, it wasn't so great, so I just ate the inside and threw away the 'wrap'. Yours looks and sounds better.

    I don't really care for baking or making desserts, either, but I have to make dessert for a potluck this weekend, and I'm dreading it. I'm so much more comfortable with apps, or salads, or anything but dessert! Plus, I am so indecisive that I want to make everything, but usually end up making something boring. Oh well...

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  5. These both look delicious! It sounds delicious!

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  6. I love your posts. Your dishes always look so wonderful and inspiring. Thanks

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  7. the colors in your photographs really come out beautifully. all these dishes look amazing. very inspiring. thanks for posting.

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  8. Your enchiladas sound amazing. Yum! Next time I make falafel I'm going to bake it.

    To answer your question: The cooking class was actually free; it was more of a promotionial/PR type thing, since they connected with the UGA student group, and they showed us around the store and everything. But we only ate samples of the food, and certainly didn't take any home. For the class you are describing, I would certainly be willing to pay the price you ask! I've been to a $30 cooking class before, but again, nothing went home with us except recipes. To leave with 5 containers of food? That would be worth it!

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  9. You know, just yesterday, I saw them make enchiladas on t.v. and I thought "I've never made enchiladas" and "I don't think I want to" (the t.v. ones were full of beef, cheese, etc.) but after seeing yours, I really really want to try greener than green enchiladas! You've got a convert!

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  10. I totally understand the bake sale ordeal! I can never make up my mind either! And, like you, I'm almost burnt out from the excessive cupcake baking that I've done recently! I'd love to know more about your earlier baking business! :-)

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  11. Courtney4:37 PM

    Everything looks so beautiful! And it all sounds great too. If you ever need more recipes tested, send them my way!

    Courtney

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  12. The green enchiladas blew me away - and the baked falafels? Wow. Absolutely a must try. Thanks for this - you're not the only one watching her weight, and all this is soooo inspiring! Thanks a bunch.

    Love and hugs, 'River'

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  13. I have gone mad on eggplant grilled lately. Make them very chrispie and eat them like potato chips.

    Love your enchiladas must really give them a try.

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