Chef Wendell: Enchiladas lasagna

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Everybody loves cheesy, gooey lasagna. You can drastically reduce heavy, fatty calories with this spicy, full-flavored revision of the Italian classic.

Enchiladas Lasagna

Meat Filling:
1 package of organic tempeh
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/8th tsp. cayenne
15 oz. cooked IQF local corn (IQF-Quick frozen)
12 oz. cooked lentils
2 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil

Veggie Filling:
2 medium baked sweet potatoes, chopped coarsely (bake at 375 for 30 minutes)
1-10 ounce package of cooked spinach, drained
1 pound mushrooms, washed and chopped
12 ounces green olives, ‘pulsed’ in food processor
1 # shredded Daiya cheddar or low-fat dairy cheddar
Himalayan salt to taste
Ground flax or chia seeds

Sauce:
3 tsp. chopped chipotle pepper with sauce
28 oz. green or red enchiladas sauce

Layers:
12-16 small corn tortilla shells
” Preheat oven to 450
” Saut the tempeh in olive oil, garlic, cayenne and onion. use the back of a fork to break it up into nibs.
” When lightly browned, stir in the lentils and corn. Adjust salt. Reserve.
” Place enchiladas and chipotle sauce in a blender and puree.
” Coat an 8 inch square baking dish with olive oil.
” Spoon1/2 cup of the sauce onto the bottom of the oiled baking dish. Cover with 4 overlapping tortilla shells.
” Evenly spread on the veggie filling of spinach, sweet potatoes, corn, mushrooms, flax and the cheese.
” Add another layer of 4 corn tortillas. Spread on more sauce. (save some for the topping)
” Now evenly add the ‘meat’. (we’re layering)
” Top the ‘meat’ with chopped olive mix, the cheese.
” One more layer of 4 corn tortillas and cheese. Top with cheese and remaining sauce.
” Bake for about 25 minutes until filling is hot and cheese is melted.
” Garnish with chopped green onions and cilantro. Ole’

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