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Vegetarian Green Enchiladas with Tomatillo Verde Sauce

Flavor Fiesta: Culinary Bliss with Homemade Vegetarian Green Enchiladas with Tomatillo Verde Sauce!

green enchiladas with verde sauce

Introducing another fantastic recipe from the archives – Vegetarian Green Enchiladas! This delightful dish pairs wonderfully with the recently posted Vegan Refried Beans. One of the highlights is the Homemade Tomatillo Verde Sauce, a flavorful green sauce that adds a unique touch to these enchiladas. I recently whipped up a batch to satisfy my craving, and it was such a hit with the family that there wasn't a single leftover! While this dish isn't your typical enchilada, it's sure to fulfill your craving. Now, let's dive into the recipe:


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Homemade Tomatillo Verde Sauce Recipe:


Ingredients:

  • 16 oz (approx.) fire-roasted tomatillos (canned or fresh)

  • 1 medium onion (yellow or red), chopped

  • 5-7 oz (approx.) fire-roasted serrano peppers (canned or fresh; substitute with jalapeno)

  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth

  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced (jarred or fresh)

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste

  • 1/2 lime, juiced

  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup non-dairy half-and-half creamer (optional)

  • Filtered water as needed for consistency

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley and cilantro combined

How to Prepare:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, excluding parsley and cilantro, and bring to a slight boil on medium-high heat.

  2. Reduce heat to simmer, cooking until ingredients are tender.

  3. Remove from heat, let it cool slightly, then blend until smooth.

  4. Add cilantro and parsley, blend again until super smooth and creamy.

  5. Set aside; the sauce can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for extended freshness.

Vegetarian Green Enchiladas Recipe:


Enchilada Filling:

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 fresh tomatillos, chopped

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 1/2 bundle fresh cilantro, stemmed and chopped

  • 1 lb. ground vegan meat alternative

  • 1 can Northern beans or Pinto beans, drained

  • 1 cup chopped spinach (frozen or fresh)

  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic

  • 1/2 tsp cumin

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 T nutritional yeast

  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth

  • 1 T avocado oil (for cooking)

Additional Ingredients:

  • 1 package corn tortillas, street taco style or mini

  • 3-4 cups prepared Tomatillo Verde Sauce

  • 1 package non-dairy vegan cheese (shredded, sliced, or cream)

How to Prepare:

  1. Heat a large pan with avocado oil.

  2. Cook onion, garlic, and vegan meat alternative until crumbly and onions are caramelized.

  3. Add remaining base ingredients, cooking until tender and hot.

  4. Set aside the filling.

Preparing Enchiladas for the Oven:

  1. Add Tomatillo Verde Sauce to a large baking dish.

  2. Heat tortillas until pliable and set aside.

  3. Spoon filling onto each tortilla, roll-up, and place seam side down in the baking dish.

  4. Top with remaining sauce and spread evenly.

  5. Add vegan cheese, cover with foil, and bake at 425 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.

  6. Remove foil; if cheese is bubbly, it's ready. If not, bake uncovered for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.

Side Note for "Semi-Homemade" Enchiladas: Consider using Frontera Foods' authentic Mexican cooking sauces for a "semi-homemade" option if you're short on time. Find them at Whole Foods, Sprouts, and most natural grocery stores. These sauces are delicious and made with high-quality ingredients. While not all are vegan, most are vegetarian and definitely worth trying.


Estimated Nutrition Facts:

Note: Nutrition values are approximate and may vary based on specific brands and quantities used.


Tomatillo Verde Sauce (per serving, assuming 10 servings):

  • Calories: 40

  • Total Fat: 1g

    • Saturated Fat: 0g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Sodium: 200mg

  • Total Carbohydrates: 8g

    • Dietary Fiber: 2g

    • Sugars: 3g

  • Protein: 1g

Vegetarian Green Enchiladas (per enchilada, assuming 10 servings):

  • Calories: 250

  • Total Fat: 10g

    • Saturated Fat: 3g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Sodium: 450mg

  • Total Carbohydrates: 30g

    • Dietary Fiber: 6g

    • Sugars: 2g

  • Protein: 8g


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Suggested Servings:
  • Tomatillo Verde Sauce: 1/4 to 1/3 cup per serving

  • Vegetarian Green Enchiladas: 2 enchiladas per serving

Storage Recommendations:
  • Tomatillo Verde Sauce: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for extended freshness.

  • Vegetarian Green Enchiladas: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze individual portions, tightly wrapped.

Healthy Benefits of the Ingredients:
  • Tomatillo Verde Sauce:

    • Rich in vitamins A and C, supporting immune health.

    • Contains antioxidants contributing to overall well-being.

  • Vegetarian Green Enchiladas:

    • Tomatillos:

      • Packed with vitamins A and C, promoting skin and immune health.

      • Contains antioxidants for overall well-being.

    • Serrano Peppers:

      • Capsaicin may boost metabolism.

      • Rich in vitamins A and C, supporting immune health.

    • Onion and Garlic:

      • Possess anti-inflammatory properties.

      • Garlic may help regulate blood pressure and improve heart health.

    • Spinach:

      • High in vitamins A and K, promoting bone and vision health.

      • Rich in iron, supporting healthy blood.

    • Cilantro and Parsley:

      • Excellent sources of vitamins A, C, and K.

      • May aid digestion and provide antioxidants.

    • Vegan Meat Alternative:

      • Typically lower in saturated fat than animal-based alternatives.

      • Provides plant-based protein for muscle health.

    • Nutritional Yeast:

      • Source of B-vitamins, especially B12 for vegans.

      • Adds a savory, cheese-like flavor without dairy.

    • Avocado Oil:

      • High in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

      • Contains antioxidants for overall health.

    • Corn Tortillas:

      • Whole grain option may provide dietary fiber.

      • Generally lower in calories compared to flour tortillas.

    • Non-dairy Vegan Cheese:

      • Offers a source of calcium and vitamin D.

      • Lower in saturated fat than traditional dairy cheese.

  • Overall Health Benefits:

    • Plant-based ingredients contribute to a diet rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.

    • Reduced saturated fat and cholesterol compared to traditional enchiladas.

    • Potential support for heart health, immune function, and overall well-being.

I hope you really enjoy these Vegetarian Green Enchiladas with our zesty Homemade Tomatillo Verde Sauce. Food's not just about fuel; it's a little celebration. So, whether you're sharing it or savoring it solo, here's to good eats and good times. Until our next kitchen rendezvous—happy cooking!


Disclaimer: This recipe is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice. Individual dietary needs may vary, and readers should consult with a healthcare professional for personalized guidance. Enjoy responsibly!


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