Monday, December 14, 2009

Dairy-Free Enchiladas

My maternal instinct spurs me to make casseroles for my hungry boys. Giles fed himself successfully all semester in his apartment, but the college-boy skills don't rise to the level of a dairy-free casserole, which is an advanced endeavor.

*Schoolhouse Enchiladas*

(Note: these are not as good as regular, loaded-with-cheese enchiladas. But they are good for dairy-free!)

In a good-sized skillet, saute a small onion, 1/4 c. diced green pepper, and 2 garlic cloves in 1 T. olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

When onion is translucent, add 1/4 c. margarine to the pan. When it melts, stir in 1/4 c. flour to a smooth paste. Cook, stirring, for a minute. Then slowly add 2 c. good chicken broth. Cause you're making a spicy white sauce. Whisk and stir until sauce bubbles and thickens, letting it simmer for a few minutes. Season with a little more salt and pepper, then stir in 1 t. minced chipotle pepper in adobo, or more if you like things really spicy.

In a medium bowl, put about 3 cups cooked diced chicken. Or cooked ground beef. Pour enough white sauce in to moisten the chicken. You can add a can of mild minced chilies to the meat if you want.

Roll the chicken mixture up in corn tortillas, and lay them in a greased casserole dish. Pour the remaining white sauce over the enchiladas, then drizzle with a can of enchilada sauce. Bake at 350 for about half an hour.

Definitely serve this with a starchy side dish, like rice, or corn and black beans, and a big bowl of guacamole and chips, and a salad with vinaigrette. Your hungry boy will love you.


Polly said...

My hungry boy is only 2, but I cannot wait to try this on him! He's also a dairy-free boy, *and* he is gluten-free. But this recipe can definitely be modified to eliminate any gluten. This may be just the shot of inspiration in the lagging arm of my recent disinterest in cooking that I need. [What a sentence.]

Tracy said...

Whether one needs to be dairy free or not, that looks really, really good!

Chas said...

This has nothing to do with your enchiladas but it does with Daisy's flannel dress. I was just totally inspired and made one for my youngest daughter also.
Thanks for the idea.

Lisateresa said...

That sounds pretty good!

Tiffany said...

Oh, this is great! I have a little boy allergic to cow's milk and cow's cheese, etc. Thanks!

Tanya said...

Your enchiladas look delicious! It's nice to find another Homeschool mom blogger!

Anonymous said...

Can't your son take a dairy digestive supplement prior to eating dairy? I'm lactose intolerant and that works for me.

Anonymous said...

that looks great! I had a dairy-and-wheat-free friend round for tea last week, and I wanted to make her something yummy. I found a brownie recipe using applesauce and rice flour. The texture was not as we know it, but they were sweet and fudgey! But I doff my hat in your direction = it can't be easy inventing dairy-free on a regular basis! Am impressed! :-)

Polly said...

Anon--the difference is likely that Giles is allergic, not lactose intolerant. The allergy means Absolutely No Dairy--my son is the same way! LI means you can't metabolize the sugar lactose (I'm the same way) but an allergy means you have adverse reactions to the casein protein. The former can be aided with a lactaid pill; the latter just means you have to stay away.

Anna said...

Polly is right. One bit of dairy = five days of serious illness. It's an allergy to the proteins found in milk.

Farrah said...

Melissa, when my son was on a gluten/caesin free diet we used to make Pamela's brownies and they were heaven sent! I keep a mix on hand (bought from Whole Foods) in case of company.

Anonymous said...

LOL! I quickly scanned the title of this one and thought it said "Daisy Free Enchiladas".

My son is allergic to milk, soy and wheat, so the very thing he craved was macaroni and cheese. I tried to make an edible substitute, but failed miserably. This was years ago, before all the allergy-free foods were available. My little guy choked down a few bites, and then apologetically pushed the plate away. Poor little guy!
He eventually grew out of his allergies and can now eat it all with gusto. Funny thing is that he lost his taste for mac-n-cheese. My fault!

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