There isn’t much out there that beats Latin American cuisine on the “comfort food” scale, but it doesn’t exactly have the reputation for being super-healthy, and if you go to enough Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants, you may feel that you are just ordering the same items over and over again, just with different names. This tasty quinoa enchilada casserole is creative, original, filled with vibrant color…and HEALTHY! Wow!
If any region of the world has a comfort food tradition to rival good-old Southern soul food, it is Latin America. Mexican and Tex-Mex food is nice, warm, and filling. It’s relaxing. It makes for good snack food, but it also makes for a great full meal. And it’s not expensive at all. You can’t go wrong with it, really. Taco nights were a regular thing in my home when I was growing up, and I loved them. I still have a bit of a tradition with Dad, when I go to visit him on the Gulf Coast: On the day of my departure (pretty much the last thing I do before hitting the road back home, actually), we have lunch at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. That journey back home isn’t typically a grand Zen experience for me, by any means, but that soothing fare puts me in the right mindset and helps the trip go along that much more easily.
Still, I find myself limiting my intake of Latin American dishes at this point in my life. Most Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants in my part of the world don’t offer much in the way of variety, and let’s face it: Most of the items served at these establishments won’t exactly be making an appearance on any Jenny Craig meal plan. Not so with this recipe, though–it remains true to the tradition but offers it a much-needed, exhilarating breath of fresh air, and it’s healthy. How healthy? Well…
Recipe adapted by Damn Delicious
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Quick Tip: Serve with fresh homemade bread – such a yummy combination!