Baked Mexican Quinoa Casserole
I can’t say enough about this dish. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It’s so deliciously Mexican. When I got to finally taste it – it was muy bueno!!! I cannot stop eating it. It has all the flavors of a savory Mexican dish. Plus it’s paleo (if you omit the cheese), gluten free and vegetarian.
There are tons of veggies and lots of protein from the quinoa and black beans. Really filling! I didn’t miss the meat at all, I found the inspiration for this amazingly delicious dish here and made a couple of tweaks to boost up the protein level and veggie factor.
This was so easy to throw together and can be eaten on it’s own with a little sour cream, in a gluten free (or regular) tortilla or taco shell or top lettuce and make a delicious Mexican salad. I added cheese on the top because my husband is not paleo and this was a good way to get him to eat this. Turns out, he LOVED it! He really really loved it.
- **I ALWAYS RECOMMEND USING ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE**
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 orange bell pepper, diced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1 package cherry tomatoes sliced (seeds and liquid discarded, then dice remaining tomatoes) or a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes - drained
- 1 cup frozen sweet corn
- ¼ cup green onions (white part), reserve the green part for garnish if desired
- 2 - 15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 large jalapeno, seeded and diced
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 - 2.25 ounce can sliced black olives
- 1 - 8 ounce bag Mexican blend shredded cheese (can sub with vegan cheese that melts) Cheese is not Paleo so if you are going true Paleo, omit the cheese.
- 1¼ Tablespoon cumin
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place quinoa and vegetable broth in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, cover. Simmer for 15 - 20 minutes stirring every 5 minutes so that it doesn't burn. Once quinoa is done, put in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- While the quinoa is cooking, using a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium/high heat and add garlic. Saute garlic for a minute to brown, give it a few stirs so not to burn.
- Add corn, bell peppers, jalapeno, cumin and chili powder to skillet and saute for 3 - 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes and lime juice, saute for another 3 minutes.
- Once everything is sauteed, add mixture to the quinoa and combine.
- Add cans of black beans and onions to the quinoa mixture, combine.
- Pour everything in to a 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Top with black olives then cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Serve warm.
- *Optional: top with a dollop of sour cream or fill a tortilla or top a bed of lettuce for a taco salad.