Vegan Enchiladas & Lentils Recipes

These protein-rich vegan enchiladas are made with lentils and other wholesome ingredients. they're gluten-free, plant-based, nut-free, perfect for lunch or dinner and really tasty. Can we please take a flash to understand these protein rich lentil enchiladas? They were an enormous hit in my house and that i can’t wait to form them again, because they're super yummy. 

Not only are they delicious, but they're also rich in protein, gluten-free, plant-based, nut-free, and that they contain only wholesome ingredients. Did your mouth start watering already. you would possibly ask why I used lentils to form these vegan enchiladas.

Vegan Enchiladas & Lentils Recipes
Vegan Enchiladas & Lentils Recipes

Well, i really like lentils, they're a tremendous source of healthy protein and contain many vitamins, minerals, and fiber. for instance , lentils are rich in folate, copper, manganese, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. they need an excellent taste and texture and combined with flavorful spices and other plant based ingredients they even remind a touch of ground meat. 


Walnuts are an excellent substitute, for instance . rather than ground oats, you'll use the other flour of choice, e.g. a gluten-free flour mix or chickpea flour. Just confirm you employ the quantity mentioned within the recipe in grams.

Vegan Enchiladas & Lentils Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 12 tortillas (22 cm in diameter)
  • 7 oz vegan cheese or to taste
Enchilada filling:
  • 1 cup dry lentils (*see recipe notes)
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (*see recipe notes)
  • 1 1/3 cup rolled oats gluten-free if needed (*see recipe notes)
  • 3 heaped tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 medium-sized carrot grated
  • 1 medium-sized tomato chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (ground) or flax seeds
  • spice mix: 1/2 tbsp onion powder, 1/2 tbsp garlic powder, 2 tsp dried oregano, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1-2 hot chili peppers chopped (or less if you don't like it too spicy)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil to fry the veggies
Enchilada sauce:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free flour (or all-purpose flour if not GF)
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • spice mix: 1/2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Rinse lentils thoroughly to remove any dirt and place them in a medium-sized pot. Add broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer with a lid on for about 20 minutes (or until tender). Then remove the pot from the heat but keep covered for a further 10 minutes.
  2. While the lentils cook, prepare your enchilada sauce first and then start making the enchilada filling. To make the enchilada sauce, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add all spices and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the flour, and cook for another minute. Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Let simmer until the sauce is thick, approximately 5 minutes.
  3. To make the enchilada filling: In a skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add onion + garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chopped bell peppers, tomato, grated carrot, and 1-2 hot chili peppers and sauté for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Add all dry ingredients (spices, salt + pepper, the oats, the sunflower seeds, and the ground chia seeds) into a food processor and blend for about 20-30 seconds.
  5. Add the cooked veggies and the tomato paste, and blend again.
  6. Finally, add the cooked lentils and blend until everything is combined. The mixture should stick together and the texture should look like in the pics below. If the mixture isn't thick enough or doesn't stick together, then add more ground oats.
  7. Preheat oven to 390 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  8. Spread 2 heaped tablespoons (100-120 g) of enchilada filling over the surface of a tortilla.
  9. Roll up the tortilla and place in a greased baking dish.
  10. Repeat this step with the other tortillas.
  11. Then pour the enchilada sauce on top of the tortillas. I made two layers of 4 tortillas each (7 x 11 in baking dish) but you can make just one layer with 8 tortillas. The filling is enough for 12 tortillas, so you could also make more than 8 (depending on the size of your baking dish).
  12. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, pour my easy vegan cheese sauce on top (or use your favorite vegan cheese to taste), and put the enchiladas back into the oven for 10-15 minutes. Serve hot, garnished with fresh cilantro or greens of choice (optional). You can also pour a little of vegan sour cream on top if desired.

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