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Vegetarian Banana Leaf Tamales

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Nutrition per serving    (USDA % daily values)
CAL
6491
FAT
527%
CHOL
169%
SOD
390%

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Ingredients for 1 serving

1 pound package of banana leaves, frozen or fresh (available at most Asian or Mexican markets)

2 pounds of already prepared tamale masa, or 3 cups masa harina (masa flour NOT regular corn meal) Note that prepared masa often has lard in it, so if you are going vegetarian on this recipe consider making your own masa from scratch, or buying a vegetari

3 dried ancho chilies

1 clove garlic

2 whole cloves

2 whole peppercorns

salt

olive oil

1 cup chopped carrots (about 1 1/2 carrots)

1/2 cup chopped red onion (about 1/2 onion)

3 large cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

2 calabacitas (Mexican summer squash, can substitute zucchini), roughly chopped (1 1/2 cups)

2 plum tomatoes, cored and chopped (about 1 cup)

1 small bunch of spinach (about 15-20 leaves), rinsed, stems removed and discarded, chopped

12 ounces monterey jack cheese, cut into 3" x 3/4" x 1/2" pieces

A large stockpot with a steamer rack

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