Traditional Foods

"Traditional" in the context of these projects means pre-contact foods. No beef, mutton, goat, chicken, pork, milk, butter, cream, wheat flour (no fry bread), rye, barley, okra, black-eyed peas, or any other "Old World" food that many of us have lovingly incorporated into our diets and tribal cultures. No processed foods (Doritoes, Lays Chips, etc), even if the base is corn or potatoes. No chocolate unless it is unsweetened cacao or sweetened with honey from the Melipona bee, fruit, stevia, camas or agave. Be adventurous and try unfamiliar foods! There are many foods to choose from. My American Indian Health and Diet Project site lists and defines many of them.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pretty Quick Enchiladas

 My kids' cross country banquet was this weekend and I needed to make something fast. I came up with roasted vegetable enchiladas.

On left is the mixture of black beans, chopped onions, green chilies, yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, and sweet corn. I sauteed the onions, squashes, jalapenos, and corn, then when done (vegetable are soft  but not mushy), mixed with the other ingredients in a bowl. I also added 3T of chili powder, 1T of garlic powder and 1T of cumin.
Place store-bought corn tortillas in the bottom of a baking dish, then pour one can of canned green chile sauce over the tortillas. Layer the vegetable mix over the tortillas, then add another layer of tortillas and shredded Monterrey Jack cheese, then another layer of vegetables. Top with one more layer of tortillas, cheese and pour a can of chile sauce over the whole thing. Cover with foil and bake in oven at 350 for 15 minutes, then uncover and cook another 10 minutes. Take out and let set for ten minutes before cutting.
Top with salsa.

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