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Tuck Roasted Yams & Greens into Tortillas for a Saucy Winter Dinner

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Stuffing yourself with enchiladas smothered in bubbly sauce sounds like a comfort food dream come true, right? There’s just something about packed tortillas covered in a blanket of spice (and maybe some cheese) that feeds the little furnace in our bellies. And a version that slips in some tasty winter produce, too? Sign us up!

Tuck into this for warm-fuzzies.
Tuck into this for warm-fuzzies. Photo by Julia Gartland

In her latest book, Simply Vibrant, cookbook author Anya Kassoff shares a rich, filling enchilada recipe that showcases cold-weather vegetables:

Enchiladas are a messy and cozy affair that I find to be especially fitting for the colder seasons. These are filled with smoked paprika roasted sweet potatoes and mighty, dark collard greens — baked in a chunky and slightly spicy red sauce — making it the perfect wintry dinner.

Loaded with roasted sweet potatoes and robust collard greens, Kassoff has created a dish that’s both comforting and balanced. Like all enchiladas, it takes a bit of time to make the components, but the dish will keep in the fridge for up to five days, so it’s an ideal make-ahead meal to then enjoy throughout the week.

One other thing to keep in mind: No one’s expecting beautiful-looking enchiladas. It’s a messy dish; sauce is bound to be spilled and tortillas unwrapped. And that’s okay—comfort food doesn't judge.

Roasted Yam & Collard Green Enchiladas

Roasted Yam & Collard Green Enchiladas

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Makes makes 6 large or 12 small enchiladas

For the filling and sauce

  • 6 to 8 large collard greens (from 1 large bunch), stems removed
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 2 medium yams or sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into bite-size pieces
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons malted neutral coconut oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large red onions, diced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, divided
  • 1 tablespoon neutral coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped (leave the seeds if you like extra spicy sauce; remove if not)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1 28-oz (830g) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup cooking liquid from collard greens
  • Sea salt, to taste

For the enchiladas

  • 6 large (or 12 small) store-bought whole-grain tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded sheep's- or goat's-milk cheese (optional)
  • 1 ripe but firm avocado, cubed, for serving
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, for serving
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How do you stuff your enchiladas? Do you make sauce ahead of time? Let us know below!

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Tags: Collard Greens, Sweet Potato/Yam, Dinner, Winter, Make Ahead, Books, Comfort Food