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black bean and spinach enchiladas

Originally uploaded by l@in.
Last night I made black bean and spinach enchiladas, kind of on the fly. Yeah, I know they’re not really difficult, but recall that I can’t make rice.

prepared brown rice (maybe a 1.5 cups)
1 can black beans
1 onion
1/4 medium green pepper
1/2 package frozen chopped spinach
cheese of choice (i used a semi-soft mexican cheese)
salsa of choice
6 inch tortillas (i used a red pepper tortilla)
cumin, chili powder, salt, and hot sauce to taste
vegetable oil
1 can enchilada sauce of choice

chop the onion and green pepper and fry in vegetable oil with cumin, salt, chili powder, and hot sauce to taste. while these are cooking prepare the spinach. when onions are translucent, add partially drained black beans and heat through. thoroughly drain spinach.

heat tortillas in a large frying pan one at a time. to assemble place ingredients in tortilla starting with brown rice and ending with a spoonful of the salsa. careful not to overfill. (good luck with that one.)

place enchiladas in a baking dish, seam side down. cover with enchilada sauce and remaining cheese and bake 30 – 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

totally easy.

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So Mike has tagged me for the “5 things you didn’t know about me” meme. So here we go:

1. When I was little I thought that frozen cake was better than ice cream. In the summer my mom would bake a cake for me, cover it with icing, cut it into pieces and freeze it for me. That way I had frozen cake pretty much whenever I wanted. This might explain why I was such a chubby child, however well fed. :)

2. I waited tables at the two big breakfast chains during college – IHOP and Denny’s. It was here that I learned how to smile at people while simultaneously thinking horrible things about them. It’s an important life skill. I also learned how to take orders and confirm them without ever repeating their stupid market-y names like rooty-tooty-fresh and fruity or moons over my hammy. Unless I was making fun of the drunk person who was ordering them, which was also enjoyable.

3. A feminist from an early age, one Christmas my grandmother gave all of her grand-kids these little memory books where you could paste your school picture every year from kindergarten until your senior year of high school and record information about that year. Each year had an option to enter what you wanted to be when you grew and had a boy’s section which included things like “doctor” and “firefighter” and a girl’s section which included such options as “mother” or “nurse”. I flipped out and checked all the boy options every year.

4. I took dance lessons as a kid. Ballet, jazz, and tap dance. As a result I also have a slew of photos with me in ridiculous dance recital outfits. No, you can’t see them.

5. As a junior in high school I got a lead role in the spring play, called “I’m Sorry, the Bridge is Out, You’ll Have to Spend the Night.” It was a play on the young couple gets stuck at the creepy mansion over night theme. I played Dr. Victor(ia) Frankenstein. I had to sing and dance. My hair was awesome.

Who do I tag? Let’s have a grad school theme: Pete, Allison, Dan, and Jami.

*Anyone remember the Austin based ska band called Gal’s Panic? This was part of their little theme song. I really liked them.

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