This week we’re swapping Main Dish recipes that don’t include meat. As I mentioned earlier this week, occasionally opting out of meat can be great for your budget as well as lessen wear and tear on the environment.
I started doing this years ago when we went to one income. I had read Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy, a great book to get you thinking how to save on food costs. One of her suggestions was to serve a meat-less meal once a week. We’ve done that intentionally for a dozen years now, and we’re just fine.
My children are self-professed carnivores, and it can be hard for them to take — at times. In lean seasons, we’ve gone meatless 6 out of 7 nights. But, we have several regular meals to which they have just become accustomed: beans and rice, bean tostadas, pasta with red sauce, and cheese enchiladas.
I prepare these with Las Palmas sauces. These are our very favorite canned sauces. (And believe me when I say we’ve tried many different kinds.) I have made my own enchilada sauce, but have found that for flavor and quality, it’s much easier and tastes better to open a can. I was particularly pleased to see coupons for this sauce in last Sunday’s paper.
An added plus is that these enchiladas freeze very well, so if two pans are too much for one dinner, freeze the other pan.
Makes 2 dozen enchiladas
2 dozen corn tortillas
28-ounce can Las Palmas red enchilada sauce
4 cups grated jack and/or cheddar cheeses
sliced black olives
sliced green onions
In shallow saucepan, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil. Soften tortillas in oil and drain on paper towels. Grease 2 9×13-inch baking dishes. To assemble, place small handful of cheese down the center of each tortilla, roll and place seam side down in greased baking dish. Pour sauce over tops of rolled tortillas. Sprinkle remaining cheese as well as olives and onions over top. * Bake in 350F oven until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve with Mexican rice. beans, and a salad.
If freezing, wrap, label and freeze at the * point. To serve, defrost completely and continue with directions.
How about you? What’s your family’s favorite meatless main dish? Share it with us today!
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