Welcome back to the kitchen. 


I love to travel, but I love coming home more.


Hey now – new recipe!


Actually, these are a play on another favorite recipe for Butternut Squash Enchiladas, but instead of butternut squash and corn, these enchiladas are stuffed with pinto beans, sweet potato, and spinach.  Yum.


Sweet Potatoes and Pinto Bean Enchiladas


Ingredients (for 5 enchiladas):

  • 3 cups cubed sweet potatoes
  • 2/3 can rinsed and drained pinto beans
  • Several cups hand-shredded raw spinach
  • 5 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 can salsa verde
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • After peeling and chopping the potatoes, place in boiling water and cook for 15 minutes.  Drain.
  • Put potatoes, spinach, and pinto beans in food processor and pulse.
  • Pre-grease casserole dish.
  • Lay out a tortilla on a plate and scoop out 1/5 potato mix.  Top with extra raw spinach and place in casserole dish.  Repeat four times.
  • Pour entire can of salsa verde on top, covering the tortillas evenly.
  • Bake at 375 for 15 minutes, remove, and serve.


These were REALLY delicious (the Husband proclaimed them to be “amazing!”).


The side dish was great too – just cubed watermelon, goat cheese, and fresh basil.  I know this combo seems strange but its so delicious.


Afternoon snacks included Greek yogurt with oatmeal, nuts, and a banana, and some pumpkin seeds.

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Have I mentioned how SORE I am from walking the Half Marathon on Sunday?  My butt cheeks are on fiiiiire.  Walking is harder than it seems, me thinks!



  • Megan @ Loving the little things April 4, 2011, 9:24 pm

    YUM! I love anything sweet potato! I should try some sweet potato-ey enchiladas 🙂

    Ahh, hope you start feeling better!

    OH!! As a lover of healthy foods, and a healthy food choice advocate, I think you’ll LOVE my giveaway! It’s on my blog now – you should go check it out!! 🙂

  • Jackie @ Baking Charms April 4, 2011, 9:26 pm

    When I want to get a good bum workout in I power walk hills 🙂 You really feel the burn the next day!

    I love watermelon, basil and feta… delicious! Will have to try it with goat cheese next.

  • Natalia - a side of simple April 4, 2011, 9:28 pm

    Wraps are one of my favorite foods to mix up because you can add such a variety of ingredients and flavors to change the recipe up, especially as far as enchiladas and burritos go!

    I’m not surprised you’re sore. I was thinking how it was going to be a totally “different” workout. Just another reason to rest 😉

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit April 4, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Those enchiladas look amazing!
    I’ve been powerwalking a lot lately and it DOES burn the next day especially! Good for the glutes 🙂

  • Julia April 4, 2011, 9:31 pm

    i can’t seem to read part of you blog entry bc a tyson ad is in the way! i just wanted to let you know…:)

    • Caitlin April 5, 2011, 8:48 am

      EW Tyson blows. Emailing Foodbuzz now.

      • Errign April 5, 2011, 9:37 am

        I LOl’d at your response, Caitlin 🙂

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 4, 2011, 9:33 pm

    That watermelon and goat cheese salad sounds so amazing! I will have to try it one day.

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged April 4, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Non-traditional enchiladas are the best! I had a zucchini/carrot one with a verde sauce the other weekend and have been itching to recreate it!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 4, 2011, 9:37 pm

    I love sweet potatoes and they are SO good in enchiladas! Fabulous recipe! And that side-salad look awesome. Basil or mint both go so well with watermelon!

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 4, 2011, 9:37 pm

    these enchiladas look just like a empanada recipe I make, except I have not had this fabulous sauce – yum! 🙂

  • Kacy April 4, 2011, 9:37 pm

    Loving the watermelon side! I really like watermelon in savory dishes.

  • Mama Pea April 4, 2011, 9:38 pm

    I want to say how tasty those look but “butt cheeks on fire” is just sticking in my mind…

    • Abby April 4, 2011, 10:31 pm

      Same here Mama Pea! lol.

  • Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy April 4, 2011, 9:39 pm

    i loooooove that watermelon combo!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething April 4, 2011, 9:40 pm

    oh what a great dinner!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 4, 2011, 9:40 pm

    Yay, your home! Dinner looks perfect. Walking definitely gets that buttocks, doesn’t it?! Relax and enjoy your family tonight.

  • Ann April 4, 2011, 9:41 pm

    I was thinking about making black bean and sweet potato enchiladas this week, looks good!
    And that salad looks amazing! I have had watermelon and feta together and it was great. I bet it would be excellent with some arugula and balsamic.

  • Sophia @ Raven Waves April 4, 2011, 9:46 pm

    Oh yum! Haven’t had sweet potatoes in too long!

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 4, 2011, 9:47 pm

    I’ve made a wonderful watermelon salad: watermelon, feta cheese, kalamata olives, mint & salt. So I don’t think your combo is weird at all! 🙂

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 4, 2011, 9:51 pm

    cubed watermelon, goat cheese, and fresh basil = that sounds delish! i love caprese salads and can see watermelon going great with basil, too

    great enchiladas and sweet taters, too 🙂

  • Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons April 4, 2011, 9:52 pm

    This sounds like such a yummy combo!!!!! I love coming home from trips (or even a day of shopping!) to my animals =) I hate being away for too long!!!

    so I def have to make this!

  • Lee April 4, 2011, 9:55 pm

    Watermelon and feta is a good combo. I had it last summer for the first time and was pleasantly surprised.

  • HilaryJo April 4, 2011, 9:57 pm

    Oh my gosh!! I have just quit running, and have been trying to build a more active day to day lifestyle, and WALKING KILLS!!! I can run 15 miles and be fine the next day, but walking 4 has me groaning and whining and convincing my hubby to give me massages 🙂 (which really work!)

    • Caitlin April 5, 2011, 8:47 am

      Walking is so hard, I agree!

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 4, 2011, 9:59 pm

    I was daydreaming about veggie enchiladas today. I might have to give these a try. And I love the watermelon, feta, and basil.

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated April 4, 2011, 10:07 pm

    Those enchiladas look super! I need more enchiladas in my life… mmmmm 🙂

    Also, I LOVE Maggie pictures!!!! So CUTE! 🙂

  • Caitlin @ TPL April 4, 2011, 10:07 pm

    I have been craving mexican and needing to use sweet potato… thanks for deciding my dinner for tomorrow night!!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 4, 2011, 10:18 pm

    The salad looks delicious! And I’m not surprised that you feel sore — you were on your feet moving for 3 hours!

  • Laughter-Loving Stacy April 4, 2011, 10:22 pm

    Lol girl I know the feeling of a post-race burn! Ouch! And SNAP those enchiladas look good! And the recipe looks pretty easy!!! NICE!

  • Emily April 4, 2011, 10:24 pm

    looks like a winning recipe. bookmarking for the future! 🙂

  • Lesley Lifting Life April 4, 2011, 10:25 pm

    I’ve been meaning to make some sort of sweet potatoes enchiladas for awhile now, they sound amazing!!! 🙂

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef April 4, 2011, 10:25 pm

    sounds like a great enchilada to me 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 4, 2011, 10:36 pm

    we had sweet potato soup!! seems like we’re all trying to say our bittersweet goodbyes to that fine veggie! love your recipe idea 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 4, 2011, 11:07 pm

    Lord, I love enchiladas. I have definitely eaten a whole pan of sweet potato ones before 🙂

    I always think that walking is so much easier than running. I mean, if I can run a marathon, I can walk with no problem, right? Wrong- I walked 17 miles around Helsinki once and I was SO sore the next day. It was ridiculous!!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) April 4, 2011, 11:10 pm

    Mmm, I made enchiladas recently with black beans and tofu.

    I am an advocate of cumin. I add cumin whenever I cook anything like enchiladas or things with bell pepper. I’m sure it’d be a great addition to your recipe. =D

  • Sana April 4, 2011, 11:19 pm

    I am sure your hubby is happy to have you home!!!

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal April 4, 2011, 11:20 pm

    did you add any sort of spices to your enchiladas?

    • Caitlin April 5, 2011, 8:47 am

      Salt and pepper – the salsa is super spicy!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) April 4, 2011, 11:23 pm

    Mmmm sounds great! 😀

  • amber April 4, 2011, 11:23 pm

    So as soon as I saw the watermelon salad I found myself scrolling down frantically in the hopes that you had a bigger picture of something that looked so good!! I was not disappointed… 🙂

    • Caitlin April 5, 2011, 8:47 am

      Heheh I try

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) April 4, 2011, 11:55 pm

    I am in love with this recipe! I adore enchiladas, and I am love the simplicity of it! I could easily make this in my dorm kitchen 🙂

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) April 5, 2011, 12:27 am

    I agree that coming back to my own kitchen (after being gone) is a great feeling!

  • monicanelsonfitness April 5, 2011, 12:30 am

    man does that look good! I will have to try this.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) April 5, 2011, 12:46 am

    Walking is a great workout!!!!

  • Hannah @ Healthy Life April 5, 2011, 1:50 am

    I love sweet potato in wraps, delicious 🙂

  • Laura (Starloz) April 5, 2011, 2:01 am

    oh Enchiladas are so versatile.

  • Candace (inFITation) April 5, 2011, 2:06 am

    I would have never thought of using sweet potatoes for enchiladas. Looks great though – I’ll definitely have to give it a try!

  • Brittany @ Pretty Fit, Pretty Healthy, Pretty Happy April 5, 2011, 2:20 am

    Oh my gosh… those enchiladas look AMAZING!!

  • JennsAdventures April 5, 2011, 2:57 am

    Mmmmmmmm!! Everything looks phenomenal–especially the cubed watermelon, goat cheese, and fresh basil. You’re right: strange combo BUT super delish!! =D

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 5, 2011, 6:36 am

    Walking can be such a great workout! My mom and I were quite regular at going for walks during the summer months, and slimmed down and toned up in no time. AND, it’s peaceful, all at the same time. I love it. 😀

    Love your enchiladas…they look fabulous! 😀

  • Katherine: Unemployed April 5, 2011, 6:42 am

    enchilada posts should always start out with a dog picture. I approve 🙂

  • The Teenage Taste April 5, 2011, 7:04 am

    Those enchiladas look fabulous! Adding sweet potatoes is genius! 🙂

  • alison April 5, 2011, 7:04 am

    A picture of Maggie never fails to put a smile on my face. I think she’s my favorite blog dog!

    • Caitlin April 5, 2011, 8:46 am

      Maggie says thank you!

  • Annika April 5, 2011, 7:05 am

    I LOVE watermelon and cheese salad! Yummy!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti April 5, 2011, 7:59 am

    Yum! Those enchiladas looks so good. And walking for long distances always makes me sore too!

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East April 5, 2011, 8:25 am

    In the summer, watermelon with Feta/Goat cheese is eaten ALL the time here (I live in the Middle East). Not strange at all here! Its so delicious!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 5, 2011, 8:37 am

    That watermelon salad sounds so interesting! I would never think to combine those flavours together.

  • Laura @FoodSnobSTL April 5, 2011, 8:49 am

    The first time I had a watermelon salad like that I was really hesitant, but it is SO SO good!

  • Sheilah April 5, 2011, 8:59 am

    I just encountered watermelon with feta and basil (and balsamic) last week for the first time! Mine was from an Albanian restaurant, if anyone’s looking to give it a try.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me April 5, 2011, 9:05 am

    That side dish looks divine!! I love love love watermelon and fresh basil.

  • Errign April 5, 2011, 9:38 am

    Mmm these look amazing. I’m totally with on the watermelon combo thing!

  • Fit Chick Britt April 5, 2011, 10:15 am

    I bet you are sore from walking the half! Those enchiladas sounds soo good!! I’ll have to try them. I bet they’d be good with black beans too…

  • Fit Chick Britt April 5, 2011, 10:15 am

    I bet you are sore from walking the half! Those enchiladas sounds soo good!! I’ll have to try them. I bet they’d be good with black beans too…

  • Kristen April 5, 2011, 11:09 am

    I LOVE sweet potatoes! I am trying this recipe ASAP

  • Sam @ the neurotic yogini April 5, 2011, 12:54 pm

    Watermelon, basil, and goat cheese sounds just heavenly! I am seriously craving enchiladas now!

  • Dee April 5, 2011, 2:25 pm

    these dishes sound so interesting! will have to try them later!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales April 5, 2011, 4:17 pm

    You’ve mentioned that watermelon, basil, feta combination before… I’m so intrigued! Going to have to try it out 🙂

  • Ally April 6, 2011, 9:26 pm

    Lady, try the watermelon + soft cheese combo with MINT. Soooo good. Way better than basil!

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