Black Bean and Butternut Squash Enchiladas

Boy oh boy do I have a recipe to share with you all! Remember last week when I mentioned Derek was out of town and it gave me the chance to spend time with my family and cook up an awesome dinner while watching my man Jameis Winston win the Heisman? Yes, all in all it was a wonderful night, and our dinner was the icing on the cake of it all. I was browsing one of my favorite recipe bloggers, Skinny Taste, and stumbled upon a deliciously rich enchilada recipe and I knew I had to recreate it. Below is the recipe, which I made a few tweaks to!

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  • 1 cup red enchilada sauce (I used canned)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups peeled butternut squash, cut 1/2-inch-dice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced sodium canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 medium low-carb whole wheat flour tortillas
  • 1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • reduced-fat sour cream, for serving (optional)


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place 1/4 cup enchilada sauce on the bottom of a large baking dish.

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in large skillet. Add onions, garlic, and jalapeno and cook 2-3 minutes until onions become translucent and garlic is fragrant. Add cubed butternut, Rotel tomatoes, black beans, water,  cilantro, cumin and chili powder and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender, about 30 to 35 minutes.

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Place about a generous 1/3 cup filling in the center of each tortilla and roll, place on the baking dish seam side down. Repeat with the remaining filling. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and cheese and bake, covered with foil until hot and the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Top with scallions and eat with sour cream if desired.

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These were by and far the most delicious enchiladas I have ever made, and probably one of my favorite uses of butternut squash. The dish definitely had a little bit of a spicy kick to it, and it all froze and reheated beautifully for lunch the next week. And by beautifully, I mean that it looked like a mess but tasted even better than the first time I ate it.

Please, do yourself a favor and make these enchiladas!


You’re Going to Love This

I have the best fiance who recently shared with me the best post ever from Buzzfeed. And because I love you all so much, I’m going to share it with you.

31 Delicious Things To Cook In October

Roasted vegetables, welcome back to the regular dinner rotation.


1. Butternut Squash Pizza with Hazelnut Dough

Hazelnut dough? Sure. Recipe here.

2. Coq au Vin

Absolutely my favorite way to eat chicken. If you’ve never tried making this, you really should. Recipe here.

3. Apple Cinnamon Crepes

This is how you get away with eating apple pie for breakfast. Recipe here.

4. Sweet and Spicy Roasted Carrots, Parsnips, and Chickpeas

Roasted root vegetables, welcome back to my regular dinner rotation. Recipe here.

5. Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche

So many things about this are so, so right. Recipe here.

6. Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower with Cherry Tomatoes and Cannellini Beans

Recipe here.

7. Fricassee of Chanterelles

Because pappardelle is the most underrated of all the pastas. Recipe here.

8. Chocolate-Dipped Pears with Almond Crunch

If caramel apples aren’t really your thing. Recipe here.

9. Mortadella and Cheese Panini

Why bother with 300 Sandwiches if you’ve already found the one? Recipe here.

10. Apple and Browned Butter Tart

Recipe here.

11. Butternut Squash Skillet Lasagna

Recipe here.

12. Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts with Chili Fish Sauce

Seriously, get on the fish sauce bandwagon, already. Recipe here.

13. Leeks Vinaigrette

Recipe here.

14. Brussels Sprout and Chorizo Beer Hash

Because, beer for breakfast. Recipe here.

15. Halloween Bark

SO easy. Recipe here.

16. Persian Quince Jam

Recipe here.

17. Roasted Cauliflower, Sage, and Almond Risotto

Recipe here.

18. Seared Pork with Apples and Broccoli

Recipe here.

19. Kale, Cranberry, and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Recipe here.

20. Carrot Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe here.

21. Thai Chicken and Coconut Soup

Recipe here.

22. Roasted Garlic and Parsnip Soup with Lemon Sage Butter

Recipe here.

23. Stuffed Pears en Croute

That’s a pear, stuffed with cheese, wrapped in puff pastry, and drizzled with honey. Recipe here.

24. Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic Sage Brown Butter

Recipe here.

25. French Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

Let the baking season begin. Recipe here.

26. Mashed Potato Cheddar and Chive Waffles

How has this taken so long to figure out? Recipe here.

27. Homemade Apple Cider Cocktail

With booze or without. Recipe here.

28. Cheesy Puff Pull Apart Bread

Recipe here.

29. Crockpot Carne Asada Nachos

Sunday SUNDAY! Recipe here.

30. Brown Butter Pumpkin Seed Espresso Glazed Granola

Rise and shine! Recipe here.

31. Moroccan Roasted Beets with Pomegranate Seeds

Recipe here.

Seven Ways To Make September Sensational

I LOVE a new month! The beginning of a new month feels like a fresh start, and a great opportunity to set new goals and try out new activities. The following seven things/activities/ideas represent how I plan to make September Sensational!

1. Cook with seasonal produce! September is great because summer vegetables are still around and fall produce is starting to come into season. In the beginning of the month, try cooking with avocado, mango, tomatoes and summer squash. Pretty soon, these tasty veggies are going to be set aside, as sweet potatoes, figs, pumpkin and butternut squash take center stage.
2. Set a new fitness or health goal – mine is to train for my first half marathon. I began training late last week, and I’m following this training plan. Derek and I plan to run our first half-marathon in Orlando this December. Maybe you want to try out a new fitness class, or start incorporating more produce into your meals – now is the time to start!

3. Savor the last bit of summer by throwing a pool party or summer BBQ.
4. Take a step into fall in the latter part of the month by hosting a football tailgate for friends, or attend a game of your favorite team.
5. Start reading a new book. I’ve spent this summer reading auto-biographies, comical books, dramas, and self-help books. While I do love the instant download on my iPad or Kindle, I’ve been ordering books off of Amazon lately, saving up to 75% and enjoying the “old-school” hard copy.
6. Find a halloween outfit – I’m not sure if I’ll be dressing up, but I plan to have fun finding a costume for Louie. I’m thinking he’d be an adorable Minion from Despicable Me.

7. This may sound crazy, but I start brainstorming Christmas gifts right around this time. By the time the holidays roll around, I’ve already found the perfect personal gifts for family and friends, and don’t feel like I’ve gone broke spending all my money at once!

What do you plan to do this month to make it a special one? Please share!