Enchilada Bake

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: January 5, 2018
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 90 minutes

This is a very good dish. Increase the chili powder to taste. I had only 6 tortillas and could have used more. One change I would make is to substitute sour cream for the ricotta cheese. But, of coarse, ricotta is much lower in fat.

Note, these are not enchiladas as such, but a casserole made with typical enchilada ingredients, and very tasty.

Enchilada Bake

Enchilada Bake
oil for sautéing
1 onion, chopped,
1 clove garlic, minced
5-6 mushrooms, sliced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 small can corn (optional)
1 1/2 cups cooked kidney or pinto beans (1/2 cup uncooked)
1 1/2 cups stewed tomatoes
1 Tbp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 cup red wine
salt to taste
6 – 8 corn tortillas
1/2 to 1 cup grated Monterey Jack or other cheese
1/2 to 1 cup combined ricotta cheese & yogurt.
black olives for garnish

Preheat oven to 350oF.

Heat oil in a large skillet.
Sauté onion, garlic, mushrooms, green pepper and corn.
Add cooked beans, tomatoes, spicesm wine and salt.
Simmer 30 minutes.

Lay half the tortillas in an oiled casserole dish.
Top with a layer of sauce.
Sprinkle 3 Tbsp. grated cheese over sauce and 3 Tbsp of ricotta cheese-yogurt mixture.
Repeat layers ending with sauce.
Add a little go ricotta-yogurt mixture.
Garnish with black olives.
Bake 15-20 minutes.

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Golden Parsley Potatoes

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: January 3, 2018
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed:1 hour

A nice variation on scalloped potatoes. To provide flavour beyond pepper and salt, I enhanced the recipe in the following ways: added rosemary to the cooking water for the potatoes, added a pinch each of garlic powder and cayenne pepper along with pepper and salt to the main dish and the cottage cheese topping. I think my main problem was too many potatoes (I used four and three would have been adequate) without increasing the amounts of shredded cheese and cottage cheese topping as well.

Golden Parsley Potatoes

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Chameleon Spice Cake

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: December 28, 2017
Yield: 12 servings
Time needed:1 hour + time to cool & add icing

I tried the banana version of this versatile cake. The cake itself was ok, but rather humdrum. A lighter flour, such as unbleached white flour might have let the taste of the spices come through better.
I made the icing, but threw it out; powdered milk is no good substitute for icing sugar!!! The icing you see in the photo was a more standard recipe and much better tasting.

Chameleon Spice Cake (banana)

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Quick Mix – Muffins

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: December 27, 2017
Yield: approximately 2 quarts mix, 1 dozen muffins
Time needed: 25 minutes

Several of my cookbooks have a recipe for a baking mix which can used to make pancakes, waffles, muffins, biscuits, etc. in a jiffy.  Quick Mix is one of these.  Of course, a well-prepared cook would have made the mix a week or more ago and just need to reach into the fridge for it.  Bulk food sections often have similar commercial mixes. But if you would like to make your own, here is the recipe. The soy flour, instant dry milk and wheat germ make this a protein-packed mix.

I found the plain basic muffins rather tasteless and regretted that I had not tried one of the optional additions.

Quick Mix

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American Variations

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: August 14, 2013
Yield: As many as you like
Time needed: time to cook filling of choice

This is an idea for a buffet-style lunch. Set out a basket of pita bread, tortillas or rolls and a platter of veggie burgers from the list below. Add options of toppings, seasonings and dressing and let everyone make their own sandwich. For my own lunch today I put Homemade Tofu Burgers on naan bread topped with tomato slices, Homemade Curry Powder, toasted sunflower seeds and a homemade vinaigrette dressing.

American Variations

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Sesame-Whole-Wheat “Pat-In” Pie Crust

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: December 5, 2017
Yield: 1 9 inch pie crust
Time needed: 25 minutes

A life-saver for pastry-challenged cooks like myself, and a great option to the store-bought prepared pie crusts. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the crust alone, but you can see the filled one in the following recipe for quiche.

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