A Southwestern Supper

Super-Easy Tortilla Casserole

Corn tortillas recipe

Here’s my favorite in-a-hurry casserole filled with southwestern flavors. It involves throwing together a lot of convenient ingredients like canned beans and tomatoes, and frozen corn, but it’s unbelievably good when you need an emergency dinner. While it’s in the oven, steam a big batch of broccoli or prepared stir-fried collard greens, and make a salad or a raw veggie platter. Adapted from Vegan Express.  more→

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Mushrooms and Bell Pepper Quesadillas

Flour tortillas

This simple, light tortilla preparation is good served with a hearty grain pilaf or a bean dish. It makes a nice accompaniment to a well-seasoned chili.

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Individual Tortilla Pizzas

individual tortilla pizza recipe

These Southwestern-flavored “pizzas,” made with tortillas and embellished with veggies, can be part of a satisfying meal served with a hearty bean chili or  bean salad. Otherwise, they make a nice appetizer. If you’re just making them for one or two, don’t worry about sticking to the measurements. Just pile on the embellishments suggested below as you wish, and add or substitute others. There’s no wrong way to do these!  more→

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Super-Easy Tofu Fajitas

Super-Easy Tofu Fajitas

In this super-easy, nearly-instant fajita recipe, chewy baked tofu is a perfect filling. This is great for adults but it is also fun for kids if you let them assemble their own. It’s one of those meals, in fact, in which everything goes on the table and everyone makes it to their own liking. Serve with cooked quinoa and/or baked sweet potatoes. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Quesadillas with Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, and Corn

Quesadillas provide a quick and delectable way to get dinner on the table in a hurry. This combination of sweet potatoes, zucchini, and corn is especially delicious with salsa verde (tomatillo salsa). more→

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Big Quesadillas with Refried Beans, Spinach, and Avocado

A sweet and spicy salsa adds an element of surprise to these easy quesadillas.

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Stacked Squash and Bell Pepper Enchiladas

Colorful bell peppers

Here’s a vegetable-filled variation of the traditional stacked cheese enchilada. Using vegan cheese, summer squashes, and bell peppers, these are a snap to make. Serve with baked sweet potatoes and a big salad. more→

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Stacked Vegan Cheese Enchiladas

The word enchilada literally means “filled with chile”, and so it is supposed to be drenched in pure, red chile.  I’ve modified the recipe to use the tomato-based enchilada sauce, since cooking with pure, red chiles is not something that cooks outside the Southwest are likely to attempt. This simple and hearty dish is traditionally enhanced by a helping of refried beans and/or Mexican Riceon the side. more→

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