Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Enchilada Recipe and Review of Cooking with Beans by Rhiana Jones


We've been trying to eat more beans at our house for a few reason 1. They are usually inexpensive to buy 2. They store a long time and 3. They have a lot of protein in them compared to how much they cost (vs buying meat). I like adding beans to my enchiladas as a filler so that I don't have to use as much meat.

Here is a recipe that I adapted using the Black Bean Enchilada Recipe from Cooking with Beans by Rhiana Jones.
Enchiladas
2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
2 cups salsa
3 cups cooked and shredded chicken breasts or shredded beef roast
1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
2 cups cooked rice
8 flour 8 inch flour tortillas
1 large can + 1 small can of enchilada sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 can olives, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour small can of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. In a medium bowl mix cream cheese, salsa, and about 1/2 cup enchilada sauce (from the large can). Stir in chicken or shredded beef, rice, black beans, and olive (if using). Fill each tortilla with meat mixture, roll up, and place in prepared pan. Place each rolled up enchilada in pan, pour remaining enchilada sauce over top, and sprinkle cheese on top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 45 minutes or until heated through. Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes. Serve warm. Can also top with sour cream, shredded lettuce, olives, and chopped green onions before serving.

Here is the book that I got the idea of these enchiladas from:

I got the opportunity to read the book Cooking with Beans (written by Rhiana Jones) for free to facilitate an amazon review so I wanted to share my thoughts on the book on my blog as well (this is constructive criticism for the author in case she ever really reads this). If you have Amazon Kindle Unlimited you can read the book for free, otherwise it is 99 cents.

The good things: This cookbook has a few recipe in different categories to show readers the variety of dishes that can be made using beans. There are a few recipes in each of the following categories - breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and desserts - to make things such as Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake, Butter Bean Burgers, Party Bean Dip, and Bean and Potato Breakfast Burritos. I mostly have used the recipes for inspiration to create new recipes.

This is a super boring cookbook. There are no pictures and no fluff - it is simply a bunch of recipes. If you are just beginning to cook with beans these recipes will give you some ideas. However, don't expect a lot of explanation or detailed instructions. I'm not sure I would consider this an actual cookbook, but rather just a collection of recipes. They could have at least formatted the recipes with a cute border or something to make them look like nice. This would be a great cookbook if there were photos, a better introduction of various types of beans, more info on cooking them, maybe a tutorial on how to home can your own beans, etc.

I received this ebook mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com.

1 comment :

  1. i dont think i would use the enchalatea auce it hot for me and then i like the recipe

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