Thursday, May 19, 2016

quinoa enchilada casserole

this recipe is another one that i had been wanting to try for a while. when i was pulling out vegetarian recipes to try out while staying with my in-laws this was my second choice behind the baked southwestern eggrolls. this was as equally delicious as the eggrolls and has moved over into our favorite recipes category!

we try to make meat-less dinner at least once a week to keep things balanced, so i love finding easy yet delicious recipes! i also love the fact that most vegetarian recipes are super quick because you don't have to wait on meat to cook. and we love finding recipes that have enough protein to fill us up so we don't eat #allthesweets right after dinner! :)

we did use vegan cheese for this recipe also. it's a brand called go veggie that we just realized they sell at our grocery store. the lactose free cheese we buy isn't grated, so we always have to grate the cheese and that is not one of my favorite things to do. so we found this vegan cheese that was already grated and decided to give it a try! i was a little scared to try it because i am a picky eater, but it honestly tasted just like real cheese. it has more calcium than cheese, and also has less cholesterol and saturated fat so it's a win, win! 

1 cup quinoa
1 10oz can mild enchilada sauce
1 4oz can chopped green chiles, drained
1/2 cup corn kernels
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 avocado, diced

1) cook quinoa with 2 cups of water in a saucepan according to package instructions and set aside

2) preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil an 8x8 casserole dish

3) in a large bowl, combine quinoa, enchilada sauce, green chiles, corn, black beans, cilantro, cumin, and chili powder. stir in 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and a 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. salt and pepper to taste. 

4) spread the mixture into the casserole dish and top with remaining cheeses. place into oven and cook for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted

5) garnish with avocado and serve immediately

are you a quinoa fan? what are some of your favorite vegetarian recipes?

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