I must admit it is hard to make (somewhat) vegetarian meals with a meat and potatoes loving son in my house. And I’m pretty sure I cannot give up chicken. But in my efforts to try to eat healthier, I decided to give quinoa a try. Yes, I know I am late to the quinoa party and there is probably some other grain that is more popular now.
This casserole came out pretty tasty and I didn’t miss having any meat in it, well not too much. And I know, it’s not truly a vegetarian dish since I used cheese in it. But will you give me a pass on this? This would make a great Meatless Monday meal for those of you that participate in that.
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 1 small red bell pepper, diced
- 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped (reserve 1 tablespoon for garnish)
- 1 cup corn kernels (I used defrosted frozen ones, but you can use canned or fresh)
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can black beans
- 1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced black olives
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 (10 ounce) can Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
- 1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided in half
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided in half
- 1 avocado, diced for garnish
- 1 Roma tomato, diced for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray or oil.
- Cook 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups water according to package directions. Set aside
- In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, onion, bell pepper, 2 tablespoons cilantro, corn, black beans, sliced olives, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, can of Ro*Tel, and 1/2 cup of both cheeses. Reserve the other 1/2 cup of cheeses for top.
- Add quinoa mixture to prepared baking dish. Smooth out into even an even layer.
- Add enchilada sauce to cover the quinoa mixture.
- Add the other half cup of cheddar and mozzarella cheese to the top of casserole.
- Cover casserole with foil. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
- Uncover casserole and garnish with avocado, reserved cilantro and tomatoes.
Don’t let the cheesy goodness fool you. There’s healthy stuff hidden under the cheese layer!