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Glenn’s Famous Enchilada Casserole

  By Glenn McCarthy  ,

November 10, 2015

This casserole comes together quickly if you have cooked rice in your refrigerator or freezer. It's great for family meals and entertaining and can be served for brunch or dinner.

Ingredients

1/2 pound vegan “chicken” meal starters (such as White Wave Seitan or Tofurky “chickn”) cut into bite size pieces (or use drained and rinsed canned black beans or steamed tempeh - see below)

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles (we use Ortega or La Victoria, mild)

2 cans (15 oz. each) green chile enchilada sauce (we use Hatch’s mild)

12 corn tortillas, fresh greatly preferred (it makes this dish!)

1 & 1/2 cups cooked Basmati rice (white or brown) cooked ahead of time

1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded vegan cheese, such as Mexican-style or Cheddar (we use Daiya Cheddar)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

Coat a 9 x 13 inch glass or ceramic baking dish with cooking spray

In a bowl, combine the vegan chicken (or beans or tempeh), corn, chiles and one-half of 1 can of enchilada sauce

Add the cooked rice and stir the mixture

Spread the other one-half can of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the prepared baking dish

Top with 6 tortillas, overlapping them in the dish

Spread the rice/chick’n mixture on top of the tortillas

Top that with about ½ of the shredded cheese followed by the remaining 6 tortillas

Pour the remaining can of enchilada sauce over the tortillas and sprinkle the remaining vegan cheese on top

Cover the dish with foil and bake in a 425 oven for about 35 minutes or until bubbly and heated through

Glenn's Notes:
You can prepare this dish the night before and put it in the refrigerator. Let the cold pan warm a bit before putting it in the preheated oven. We suggest making two, one to eat and one to freeze!

You can also use tempeh instead of vegan “chicken”, just steam it first for 20 minutes, then crumble it into the ingredients.

Do not buy mock meats with soy protein isolates or SPI. Soy is fine, however SPI is not because of negative health impacts.

Note from VEW: Substitute 1 can rinsed and drained black beans for the vegan "chicken" if desired.

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