Our Quinoa & Veggie Enchilada Verde takes inspiration from classic Mexican enchiladas. However, this new take on enchiladas has a robust 57g of whole grains and two full servings of vegetables. We layer red and white quinoa, black beans, corn, bell peppers, poblano peppers, and onions, then top it with a tortilla made from organic yellow corn masa flour. Finally, we add a blend of cheeses, covered by a tangy verde (green) salsa made with tomatillos and a hint of lime. To learn how our vegetarian enchilada is designed to power even your busiest day, keep reading!

Like all of our Performance Kitchen meals, this enchilada is cooked in avocado oil and follows the principles of the renowned Mediterranean diet. Keep in mind that eating the Mediterranean way doesn’t require a restrictive diet. Instead, it means including more whole grains, plenty of vegetables, healthy sources of fat for omega fatty acids, quality protein, and consuming more seeds, legumes, herbs, and spices. Here’s exactly how the ingredients in this meal support balanced nutrition and eating for performance:

Tomatillos

In the nightshade family, tangy tomatillos, also known as “husk tomatoes” are technically related to gooseberries—not tomatoes as their name might suggest. They have a reputation as an ideal vegetable to help with weight management due to being nutrient-dense, low-calorie, low-fat, and high in fiber. Tomatillos are also considered an excellent source of vitamin C. In 2012, researchers at the University of Kansas studied compounds in tomatillos called withanolides, which they described as “showing significant anti-cancer properties in preclinical testing.” 

Corn

Corn is a rich source of fiber, flavonoids, and prebiotics. Registered Dietitian, Kate Turner, explains the importance of prebiotics as follows, “For probiotics to work on (and in) our gut, they need ‘food’ AKA, prebiotics. Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates.” This study suggests that corn’s flavonoids may even protect against certain forms of cancer. Lutein, a carotenoid, gives corn its yellow hue and supports healthy skin, and eyesight.

Bell Peppers

It might surprise you to learn that naturally sweet-tasting bell peppers offer nearly twice the vitamin C content of an orange (!) U.S. News names red bell peppers as one of “5 Red Foods to Eat for Your Heart” due to their combination of soluble-fiber, coupled with vitamins A and C.

Red & White Quinoa

Did you know that quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is a complete, plant-based protein? By complete protein, we mean that it has all nine essential amino acids that human bodies require—which can only be obtained from food—we can’t make them on their own. Lysine is a particularly important amino acid that plays a role in muscle repair. It’s a rich source of fiber for digestion, and quercetin, a natural antihistamine.

Did you know that quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is a complete, plant-based protein?

Cheese

All good things in moderation, as the saying goes. The Mediterranean diet recommends enjoying a little bit of dairy, and cheese is a particularly delicious way to get calcium. We use a blend of Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese. You’ve probably heard that calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth. Less commonly known is the fact that calcium plays an important role in muscle contraction. Similarly, a lack of calcium in your diet can lead to your body depleting the calcium stored in your bones, which can lead to a wide variety of health issues, such as osteoporosis.

Natural Herbs, Spices, and Seasoning

To give this dish its bold flavor and antioxidant benefits, we include pureed garlic, lime juice, poblano peppers, red chili peppers, green onions, and a hint of jalapeño pepper—all of which help keep the sodium in this meal at a modest 350mg. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg per day, equal to about one teaspoon of salt.

Avocado Oil

We cook with expeller-pressed avocado oil for a variety of reasons. Mainly, it’s nutritious and has a high smoke point. Avocado oil contains essential fatty acids, which aids in the absorption of antioxidants. Most importantly, it lends itself well to many different flavor profiles and cooking styles.

Together, these ingredients come together to create a satisfying, balanced meal that can be ready in minutes, and with all the nutrition necessary to power even your busiest day. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

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