Spinach Enchiladas

Do you like cheese enchiladas? If so, these will probably be your thing. Assuming you like spinach and all 😉 Unlike many, I am not a cheese enchilada fan because of the texture. They’re just…floppy. Mushy, even. And just like these spinach enchiladas, I love the flavor, but just can’t get past the texture.

Did I like them? Yes-ish. But I would have to make some changes (to the texture) in order for me to make them again. I’m not all that creative…any ideas, friends? Though they would no longer be vegetarian, I was thinking shredded chicken? And maybe adding in some marinara, in place of enchilada sauce? More of an Italian enchilada. I…don’t…know!

Regardless of my texture issues with these dear spinach enchiladas, I do believe many of you would love them. So without further adieu, here they are 🙂

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Spinach Enchiladas from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
10 oz spinach
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
1 1/2 cups part-skim Colby/Monterey Jack cheese, shredded and divided
12 (6 inch) corn tortillas
1 (19 ounce) can enchilada sauce

Directions:

Cook onion in oil for a few minutes until tender. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute longer.

Stir in spinach, and cook for about 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat, and mix in cottage cheese, sour cream, and 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese.

In a skillet over medium heat, warm tortillas one at a time until flexible, about 15 seconds.

Spoon about 1/4 cup of the spinach mixture onto the center of each tortilla. Roll up, and place seam side down in a 9-in x 13-inch baking dish.

Pour enchilada sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of Monterey Jack.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 12 enchiladas (6 servings, 2 enchiladas per serving).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 310 calories; 11.8 g. fat; 27 mg. cholesterol; 831 mg. sodium; 34.8 g. carbohydrate; 5.7 g. fiber; 17.2 g. protein

Result: Wonderful flavor! I wasn’t totally sold on the texture, but I think to solve this I would use ricotta in place of the sour cream, and possibly even half of the cottage cheese. I think the water content was just a bit too high and it caused the enchiladas to be a bit mushy. These do have outstanding flavor, however…definitely worth playing around with the texture to perfect!

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Question: Do you have any funny texture aversions?

Please make me feel normal! 😉

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6 Comments

  1. July 9, 2011 / 11:58 am

    I am a HUGE texture person…I’m trying to get over my aversion to tomatoes…I love the flavor but the trio of three different textures weirds me out. I have issues with meat substitutes too, because of the texture. Apples, pears, watermelon that are too mealy…I could go on and on!

    As for the enchiladas, there’s a few things I would try to help the texture. First, pre-wilt your spinach and let it drain reeeeeeally well (squeeze it out in a dish rag before you throw it in, too). I would also drain the cottage cheese and sour cream (much like greek yogurt). This will take out some of the extra liquid. Finally, bake the enchiladas without the sauce to let the tortillas crisp up some (15 minutes or so?). Then, add it on and back for maybe 5-10 more minutes? You’d have to watch these times. I wouldn’t necessarily go for the ricotta, personally (but that’s a texture thing for me!). GL!

    • Nicole
      Author
      July 9, 2011 / 3:41 pm

      Those are awesome suggestions…thank you!

  2. July 9, 2011 / 1:00 pm

    Aww, I’m sorry you didn’t love these. I like cheese enchiladas so I’m not sure what to suggest, maybe put the sauce inside instead and crisp up the outside of the tortillas? I guess then they wouldn’t be enchiladas though!

    • Nicole
      Author
      July 9, 2011 / 11:02 pm

      Those look delicious!

  3. July 9, 2011 / 11:27 pm

    I have texture issues. I generally don’t like mushy things unless there’s sugar – beans, yogurt, sushi, mashed potatoes, durian ;).

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