I started thinking about what I wanted to serve at Steph's party a few days before and I knew I wanted to make some sort of casserole so I could just put it in the oven and not worry about it. I started googling and Pinterest-ing for ideas and I came across this Quinoa Enchilada Casserole from Damn Delicious. After I saw it, I was craving it for DAYS and let me tell you, it definitely did not disappoint. I also made the homemade enchilada sauce from Damn Delicious (I just substituted olive oil for canola oil) and it was... well... damn delicious!
This hearty, cheesy casserole is full of awesome ingredients - quinoa, black beans, chicken breast, roasted corn, fresh cilantro and all kinds of flavorful spices. It's filling enough for the manly men at your party and healthy enough for all the ladies to leave some room for dessert.
Quinoa Enchilada Casserole
Lightly adapted from Damn Delicious
2 cups quinoa
1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce (canned or homemade)
1 cup frozen corn (I like the frozen roasted corn from Trader Joe's)
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
2 chicken breasts - cooked & shredded
Salt & pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Mexican Cheese Blend
1 avocado - diced
1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Transfer quinoa to a large bowl (or right into your oven-safe pot/casserole dish) and mix together with
corn, black beans, cilantro (reserving about 2 tbsp for garnish), cumin, chili powder, shredded chicken, salt,
pepper, and enchilada sauce. Stir in 1/2 cup of cheese.
3. Once mixture is evenly combined, add the remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top.
4. Place into oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 15-20 minutes.
5. Garnish with remaining cilantro and avocado and serve!
Enjoy and happy Super Bowl!
July 28th, 2016
December 6, 2016
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.