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10.18.2010

The New Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook {Spicy Black Bean Enchiladas}


I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine went by too quickly AS USUAL! Sometimes I just need one or more days to just make up for a long week. Would it NOT be nice to have the weekend be our work days and the week as our off days? Ha! I live such a dream do I not?
MSU vs Illinois
We enjoyed a gorgeous day watching MSU slaughter the Illini. The first half of the game was pretty slow with horrendous from the refs and penalities from both teams. I wondered for that first half of the game why they were doing so badly on a beautiful sunny day? I think it is because they were distracted by Gerard Butler being at the stadium. YES! Gerard Butler was at the game in person. WHy, you may ask? Well, MSU are known as the Spartans and since Mr. Butler was in 300, the question from the movie is shown throughout the game, "Spartans, what is your profession?? Who! WHo! WHo!" Mr. Butler was present to ask the question and th rest of the game was history. He conducted the band for a little bit, took pictures whith everyone, and distracted people. HE would certainly distract me! It was cool to have a celebrity at the game.

 This weekend I took advantage of going through a wonderful cookbook that Perseus Book publishers sent me to review. The new Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook by Kim Barnouin just came out and I had the priviledge to try out several recipes from the book.

 The next few days I will be featuring 3 of her recipes that we have enjoyed. They only require the ingredients you normally have in your fridge or pantry and easily accesible. The pictures in this book are beautiful and enticing and the first 70 pages out 300 pages talk about ingredients, spices, products and green living, and information about harmful foods and ingredients. It is very informative and even more so than the collaborative work from the first Skinny Bitch book and Skinny Bitch in the Kitch Kim Barnouin's cookbook is a hardback cookbook with easy-to-follow recipes and creative ones at that.

The first recipe I tried focused on black beans. It almost reminded me of the Mexican dish called Enfrijoladas with pureed beans and corn tortillas, but this recipe turned them into enchiladas. They were perfect in spiciness and very flavorful. Ryan is not a BIG legume consumer, but he definitely liked the recipe. I think it is because it had cheese on it. :) Enjoy the recipe and stay tuned for several more during the week.

What is your favorite Skinny Bitch recipe?


Spicy Black Bean Enchiladas

makes 4 servings

2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 canned chipotle peppers (I substituted 2 fresh serrano peppers, seeded and chopped)
1 cup diced tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
12 corn tortillas
1/2 cup shredded vegan cheese
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
 Fresh salsa for serving

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a medium saute' pan, heat 1 Tablespoon of the oil over medium-heat. Add the onion and saute' for 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper and cook 6-8 minutes. Add the chili pepper. cumin, and red pepper flakes and stir. Add the black beans and mix well/ Pour a little less than half of the cooked bean mixture into a food processor or high-powdered blender. Add the tomatoes and serrano peppers and blend well, for the black bean sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

In a medium pan, heat the remaining oil over medium-heat. Place 1 tortillas at a time in the pan and flip to warm both sides.

In a 13x9-inch baking dish, spread just enough of the black bean sauce to cover the bottom of the pan. Fill each tortilla with about 3 Tablespoons of the black beans and black bean sauce. Roll and fold the seam under and place seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas, pouring the rest of the black bean sauce over the top. Spirnkle with vegan cheese and bake for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly. Garnish with cilantro and serve with fresh salsa.

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17 comments:

Brian said...

interestingly enough, since going vegan, enchiladas have not worked out very well. i'm constantly looking for different ways to prepare them. maybe i was overdoing it. this seems seems straightforward, and delish. we'll be trying it.

Lauren said...

So jealous!! I totally want/need/have to have a copy of that cookbook!! Can't wait to see the other recipes you feature! :)

Chef Dave said...

Hi Noelle, That looks amazing..Thanks for sharing..

HiHoRosie said...

Sounds like a great book and those enchi's look nummy. Of course, I love anything Mexican (except for cilantro-ew). I hope to make these soon. I've bookmarked it at least. :)

Amy said...

This sounds like a yummy recipe! I will have to check that book out!

Monet said...

It sounds like a fun weekend, and I'm excited to see the other recipes you made. These enchiladas look delicious, especially with that yummy vegan cheese on top. I'm always happy with Mexican food. Thanks for sharing, love.

megan said...

Since we don't love black beans around here either, I think I could use pinto with the same results - those look really good - and healthy, too!

Emily Malloy said...

it looks like heaven!!!!!!!!!

Noelle said...

@Brian-These are definitely easy AND delicious!

@Lauren-Yep, get the book or request it for Christmas. It is truly a nice book.

@Chef Dave-Thanks,You're welcome!

@HiHoRosie-cilantro is the bomb! I go crazy if I run out!

@Amy- Please do. So many yummy recipes!

@Monet-You can't go wrong with Mexican food!

@Megan-That should work perfectly!

Amber Shea said...

Yesss, I was waiting for these! They look as delicious as I expected! :)

Stella said...

These look delicious, Noelle! And I've heard a lot of this book. I need to check out a copy to see what it's all about...!

Emily @ Foodie/Nutritionist said...

Those enchiladas look so good! I always make my enchiladas vegetarian but it wouldn't be hard to sub vegan cheese (lower fat, too...). Does the vegan cheese melt very well? I don't have much experience with it.

Morgan@LittleHouseofVeggies said...

Um, yeah. I MUST make these!!!!

Rebecca (Blissfully Vegan) said...

I just ordered this book yesterday :) Very excited, especially since the previous books helped me onto my vegan journey a few years ago...x

Marly said...

These look so delicious! I love mexican food and these just look too good to be vegan! I wonder how they'd taste with a margarita!

Noelle said...

@MArly- A margarita would be YUM! I was going to make a drink last night to go with my Portabella Fajitas.Will have to do t over the weekened. :)

saltandhumor.com said...

Wow! I didn't even realize there was a Skinny Bitch cook book! Your enchiladas look great!!

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