Since becoming gluten-free I have realized that the cost of buying GF food and eating out is really expensive. Not only do I want to provide good healthy GF food options for fellow GF foodies, but I also want to provide budget friendly meals inside and outside the home. I myself am still trying to find cheaper options in stores and at restaurants. Sometimes there can be so many different GF options. Pasta for example has a variety to choose from such as corn, lentil, chickpea, yet even a small box can be double or triple the price to that of regular pasta. Not to mention, one small box of gluten free pasta may not even be enough to feed everyone in your family.
In the coming weeks I would like to come up with some affordable meals that won’t break the bank. First up…Enchiladas!! Not only can they be inexpensive, but they are also pretty simple to make. Making your own enchilada sauce is also a relatively easy task. If you want to be adventurous you can even make your only corn tortillas at home. First thing I did was roast the chicken breast and some poblano peppers. To speed up the process I placed the chicken in a mixer and used the paddle to shred. It works great! You can also get the Rotisserie chicken if you want to save even more time.
Next, I sauteed garlic in OVO and added strained tomatoes, tomato paste, ancho chili powder, coriander, paprika, cumin, oregano, cilantro and salt and pepper and let it simmer for a bit. While the sauce was cooking I started to get my tortillas ready for filling. This time I used the Siete tortillas (chickpea and almond flour) only because I already had them but there are other GF brands such as Mission that are great as well and a little more affordable. Once the sauce has simmered for a little the tortillas are ready to be stuffed. I made two separate trays only because my son doesn’t like melted cheese. I topped with shredded Mexican blend cheese and placed in the oven for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees covered with foil and then 15 more minutes without the foil.
When the enchiladas were ready I topped them with some jalepeno, Queso Fresco, guacamole, the roasted poblanos and some more chopped cilantro. They turned out delicious and are definitely a budget friendly meal. I also served them with a fresh green salad with just olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Healthy and simple!!