Saturday, September 27, 2014

Quinoa Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

Looking for a new casserole to make? Looking for a healthy recipe filled with protein and veggies? Then this is the recipe for you.  I had first seen a similar recipe on Pinterest, but like many other pins I've posted, I just filed it away.  Since today was my day to cook a new recipe, I decided to cook something with quinoa again. Quinoa is just so easy to make and so healthy for you that I couldn't resist.  My husband was hesitant at first in trying this because it doesn't have any meat.  Once again though, he was not disappointed. This recipe is filled with flavor and a guaranteed hit in your home.

Quinoa Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

I gathered all the ingredients and began the prep work. I knew I had to cook the quinoa first and let it cool down afterwards, so I started with that first. This takes about 15 minutes. I also preheated the oven to 350 degrees F.

While the quinoa was cooking, I started chopping all my veggies on the chopping block. This recipe has so many colors. It's like I am eating the rainbow!

I warmed up a large skillet and placed the onion, garlic, and jalapeño. The smells that filled my kitchen were amazing.

Once my initial veggies were sautéed, I added a few more ingredients to add to my colorful skillet.

I then mixed all the ingredients together.

Last thing I added was my home made enchilada sauce and cheese.  

I placed everything in the casserole dish and added some additional cheese on top. Then I placed my casserole in the oven to start baking.

Total time in the oven was 30 minutes.  

And this was my final product after letting it cool down 10 minutes.  I garnished it with chives, but tomorrow I am going to add avocado. Since it is just my husband and I, we are definitely having leftovers!


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