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{Note from Jessica: Today’s post is shared by my friend, Aimee Suen, author of the Small Eats website. Aimee is a healthy food blogger and is passionate about sharing recipes, nutrition, and knowledge that can inspire and empower people to live happy, healthy lives. Stop by her site, Small Eats, for more delicious recipes and inspiration.}

It feels like a bit of an understatement to say that most of us lead busy lives.

At the moment, I’m working a full-time job, attending an intense online nutrition course, blogging, and still taking care of myself and being a girlfriend. Any help I can get, I take it.

For me, to get through the last several months when things have been busier, I’ve relied heavily on my meal prep Sundays and trying to batch cook as much as possible. For the first few months, I made bigger meals my boyfriend and I could eat throughout the week, and then, completely by accident, I stumbled upon the magic of Freezer Enchiladas.

In the past few years, I’ve become a big fan of making people meals as gifts instead of buying them something they may not want or need. (I’m beyond practical.) I made my boyfriend’s parents enchiladas for Christmas and decided to kill two birds with one stone and made a batch for ourselves as well. And, I ended up killing a lot more birds than I thought. In the frenzy of making enough enchilada filling, I made wayyy too much filling.

So, I decided to make more enchiladas later in the week and freeze them. When all was said, wrapped, and baked, I had THREE 8×8 pans of enchiladas ready for the freezer. And as the weeks passed, the relief I felt from having those in the freezer was amazing. One less meal I had to plan, prep, and shop for made things just that much easier.

Help your future self out with hearty, freezer-friendly vegetarian enchiladas. | Vegetarian Freezer Enchiladas

I’ve since adjusted my recipe to make two enchilada pans, one for now and one for later, or two for later, or one for you and one for a friend. I prefer to buy 8×8 aluminum cake pans from the store to make these. If they’re going to a friend, I don’t have to track down my pan. If I’m freezing both of them, I’m not out two 8×8 pans for the rest of the few weeks until we eat them.

Note From Jessica: You can ABSOLUTELY use glass pans for this recipe. I’ve had so many people complain about the use of aluminum pans for this recipe and I totally understand where they are coming from. I personally prefer to use glass too. That said if I am making these as gifts for other people I will use aluminum pans for them because I can’t afford to buy glass pans for everyone that I make food for. Also, I know from years of personal experience that sometimes you give someone something expecting to get it back and you don’t. There have been times I have loaned nice dishes to people only to never see it again. 🙂

The filling for these enchiladas is a hearty mix of black beans, tomatoes, cauliflower and Swiss chard. Feel free to make the filling your own and swap out the kind of beans or the vegetables for what you have on hand or is available in your area.

Whether you’re in a busy season in your life or you want to maximize your kitchen time, I hope you enjoy these Vegetarian Freezer Enchiladas and the time-saving magic they bring.

Help your future self out with hearty, freezer-friendly vegetarian enchiladas. | Vegetarian Freezer Enchiladas

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Enchilada Sauce Adapted from Recipe Girl

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