Chicken and Veggie Enchiladas

Zucchini with Corn and Cilantro

Tonight’s entrée and side dish both used freshly chopped cilantro; store fresh cilantro with cut ends in a jar of water and leaves loosely covered with a plastic bag for several days and change water every 2 days for best flavor.

Chicken and Veggie Enchiladas Ingredients:

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced small
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
Zest, minced and juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3 cups (5 ounces) baby spinach, washed
4 scallions, diced (green and white parts)
1 (7 ounce) can diced green chiles
½ cup light sour cream
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1 (28 ounce) can red enchilada sauce
8 (10 inch) whole wheat flour tortillas
Whole black olives, optional
Chopped fresh cilantro

Supplies needed:
Plastic wrap
8x8 foil baking dish


1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add chicken and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often, to brown.

2. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Cover and let cook until mushrooms start to soften.

3. Add garlic, lemon zest and juice, spices, and spinach. Stir thoroughly. Cover with lid and cook until spinach starts to wilt. Stir well and check chicken for doneness; it should be cooked through.

4. Transfer chicken mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add scallions, sour cream, and 1 cup cheese, stirring to combine. Set aside.

5. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray an 11x17-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

6. Pour enchilada sauce into a large skillet over medium-low heat.

7. When sauce is warm, dip both sides of a tortilla into sauce, allowing excess to drip off. Place tortilla against the short side of the baking dish and fill with chicken mixture. Roll tortilla around filling, tucking in edges and arranging it seam-side down. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.

8. Pour remaining warm sauce over enchiladas. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Spray a large piece of foil with nonstick cooking spray and use it to cover baking dish with the sprayed side down to keep cheese from sticking to it.

9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling. Remove foil and cook 10 minutes more to lightly brown cheese. Remove from oven and serve immediately with olives and cilantro.

Makes 2 entrees, each entree serves 4

To freeze:
Let cool completely. Move remaining 4 enchiladas to 8x8 foil baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze up to 3 months.

Remove from freezer to defrost in refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove freezer wrap and cover dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve with olives and cilantro.

Nutritional facts:
Calories 446
Fat 19g
Cholesterol 66mg
Sodium 1247mg
Carbohydrate 41g
Fiber 17g
Protein 32g

Zucchini with Corn and Cilantro Ingredients:

1 teaspoon olive oil
3½ cups cubed zucchini (about 1 pound)
1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
¼ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon black pepper


1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and corn; cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 8 minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender.

2. Remove from heat, and stir in cilantro and remaining ingredients.

Serves 4

Nutritional facts:
Calories 62
Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 152mg
Carbohydrate 12g
Fiber 3g
Protein 3g

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