Mole Enchiladas

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On this week’s episodes of Real Housewives of suburban North Carolina:

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Follow Rachel as she travels home to Memphis and tries to fit in at the fanciest wedding to which she will ever be invited.

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Like, I just did not belong rubbing elbows with Memphis’ elite.

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In an attempt to blend in with the crowd, me, my mom and BFF got our hair and makeup done. My stepbrother’s husband is the most fabulous HMU artist in town and he spent literally 5 hours getting us appropriately glammed. We sat in his styling chair sipping mimosas, eating fruit, gabbing and generally just living our best lives. We legit had such a lovely time, we were late for the wedding. We raced to the venue, went through some random back door and walked in on the wedding party as they were about go down the aisle. Whoopsies. We tried to sit quietly through the ceremony but there were just so  many beautiful things to point out to each other so the likelihood our commentary is picked up on the video is high. The food was overwhelming. When they passed around vegan spring rolls I about fainted. It was really hard to stay calm when I saw the taco station and salad bar filled with topping options like quinoa and edamame. I somehow  never made it to the past bar but my skin tight dress thanked me. I tanked up so hard I looked like a busted can of biscuits the rest of the eve.

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Did I mention it was a Jewish wedding and my very Christian stepfather thought he was supposed to wear a yarmulke so grabbed one on the way in and introduced himself as a pretend Jew the entire night?

 

 

Time: 2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 6 New Mexico chiles, stems removed
  • 4 dried arbol chiles, stems removed
  • 2  white onions, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 2 pieces of bread, toasted + cubed
  • 1 heaping tbsp. of cocoa powder
  • Juice of 1/2 an orange
  • 1 tbsp. of oregano
  • 1 tbsp. of sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
  • Tiny pinch of cloves
  • S+P, to taste
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Whole wheat flour tortillas
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 4 ears of corn, shucked
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprila
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Place chiles in a bowl + cover with boiling water, weigh it down + let sit for 30 minutes
  • Meanwhile, cook garlic + tomato in a dry skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes
  • Drain chiles + add to a food processor with 1/2 cup of the water they soaked in + garlic/tomato mix + 1 of the diced onions + bread + cocoa powder + orange juice + oregano + sugar + cinnamon + cloves + S+P, process until smooth, add more liquid if necessary
  • Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a pan over medium heat, add sauce + simmer for 30 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add peppers + S+P, cook another 3 minutes,
  • Add corn + S+P, chili powder + cumin + smoked paprika, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Place tortilla on a flat surface + fill with some bean mix
  • Roll + place seam down in a greased baking dish
  • Repeat with remaining tortillas + toppings
  • Spread some mole on top
  • Bake for 30 minutes
  • Remove + spread with remaining mole sauce
  • Serve warm with cilantro
  • Since there’s some cocoa in these, wash your mole enchilada dinner down with ANOTHER mole enchilada

 

Mole adapted from here!

Sweet Potato + Black Bean Enchilada Skillet

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Homeless people are going to put me in the poor house.

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I simply cannot say no to them.

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They can smell my weakness and middle class guilt from a mile away.

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My local grocery store has become a hotbed for sweet homeless men – my kryptonite. The other day there was a man holding a sign that read, “Looking for work. Cold. Hungry.” And he had a sweet baby PUPPERS with him. You better believe I whipped through the nearest ATM to get that gentleman a $20. After that I was like OK, kewl, good deed, I’m done. Then this weekend, I’m leaving the grocery store and a man in camo pants and a Jesus t-shirt asks if I’ll buy him some lunch at McDonald’s. I literally didn’t have time, but I had the other $20 I had gotten out during my ATM trip for my first BFF. He was legit so touched I almost lost it. “This will last me 3-4 days!!!!” K kill me now. I’m hooked. No going back. I honestly don’t care what they do with it, buy a meal, buy a beer, I don’t give a hoot. I just don’t think Jesus would ignore them or turn away, so I can’t either!

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Bet they have a picture of me posted somewhere with a fat “SUCKER” stamped across my face.

 

 

Time: 1 1/2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 package of soyrizo
  • 4 corn tortillas, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of green chiles
  • 7 dried New Mexico chiles, tops cut off
  • 2 dried arbol chiles, tops cut off + some or all seeds removed, depending on how much spice you like
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup of tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. of cumin
  • 2 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • S+P, to taste
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Avocado, for serving

How to:

  • To prepare enchilada sauce, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a large rimmed skillet
  • Add 1 of the chopped onions + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add chiles, cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add broth + bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat + simmer for 15 minutes
  • Add tomato paste + 1 tsp. of cumin + 1 tsp. of chili powder + oregano + S+P, cook another 5 minutes
  • Transfer to a food processor or blender + blend until smooth
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tbsp. of olive oil a cast iron skillet over medium heat
  • Add remaining onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add sweet potatoes + remaining cumin + smoked paprika + chili powder + S+P, cook 15-17 minutes or until potatoes are tender
  • While potatoes are cooking, heat remaining olive oil in another skillet over medium heat
  • Add soyrizo, cook 5-6 minutes
  • Add black beans + green pepper, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Once potatoes are tender, add soyrizo + bean mix + enchilada sauce + tortillas, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Serve warm with cilantro + avocado
  • Pour into local hog trough + eat from it like the beast you really are

 

Enchilada sauce from here!

Collard Green Enchiladas

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I feel like I’m a long, bloated caterpillar finally transforming into the sleek, slender butterfly I’m truly meant to be.

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No joke, we have been more social in the last 3 weeks in NC than we were in 3 years in WA.

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I’m not sure why. I mean we were a little more angsty in the early years of our marriage and thought all people were the enemy and heinous and boring.

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We’ve matured, though. And let me just tell you, I am an outgoing lil swan! Just approaching folks left and right and introducing myself. I joined a yoga studio and we’ve gotten involved at a church and I’ve signed up for several local newsletters and have gone out with friends (three times!!!!!)! Everywhere we go I try and introduce myself and let folks know we are new to town. Not only do I love the recommendations I receive, but the attention is a rush!

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I did, however, bring my own meal to a cookout this weekend and immediately lost any shot of connecting with the other gals.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 8-10 enchiladas

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 collard green leaves, stems cut off
  • 1 package of soyrizo
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of green chiles
  • 2 cups of brown rice, cooked
  • 1 can of pinto beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 red pepper, roasted
  • 1/4 cup of raw cashews
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 8 corn tortillas, cut into lil strips

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Soak cashews in just enough warm water to cover them
  • Arrange tortilla strips an even layer on a lined baking sheet + bake for 10-12 minutes, stirring once until crisp, set aside
  • Add an inch of water to a large skillet + bring to a boil
  • Add collard greens to boiling water, submerging the leaves + cooking for 2-3 minutes
  • Drain + rinse with cold water
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in another skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add 1 tbsp. of garlic, cook another minute
  • Add soyrizo, cook for 5-6 minutes
  • Add green chiles, cook another 1-2 minutes
  • Meanwhile, add beans + rice to a small pot over low-med heat
  • Add cumin + chili powder, let heat through for 5-6 minutes
  • Meanwhile, add roasted red pepper + remaining garlic + cashews with water they soaked in + crushed red pepper + S+P to a food processor, process until smooth
  • Turn on broiler
  • To assemble, lay a collard green leaf out flat
  • Fill with rice + bean mixture + some soyrizo mixture, fold up like a burrito, arrange in a baking dish seam side down, repeat
  • Broil for 2-3 minutes
  • Serve hot with roasted red pepper sauce
  • With back of fork, smash all ingredients into even layer, think pie like form + bring to a party + serve pals for dessert

 

Idea from here!