by Olena

Black Bean Quinoa Casserole

by Olena

Tex Mex Black Bean Quinoa Casserole - the flavours scream summer: black beans, corn and bell peppers, mixed with quinoa and baked to a cheesy perfection. A hybrid of modern Mexican and Thai cuisines. | ifoodreal.com

To me, an obvious healthy food enthusiast, there is nothing better than making a healthy dinner with fresh vegetables and herbs on a summer day. And this easy and healthy black bean quinoa casserole is perfect for that. Its flavours scream summer: black beans, corn, bell peppers, cilantro, scallions and coconut milk. A hybrid of modern Mexican and Thai cuisines.

Quinoa is great for using in casseroles because unlike brown rice it is ready in 10 minutes, delivering 8 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat and 5 grams of fiber.  Run to the store and add 2 more quinoa casseroles to your “to try” list: spinach artichoke quinoa casserole and ground turkey quinoa casserole with spinach.

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This casserole is magically a make ahead and a freezer meal, instructions included. Enjoy!

How to Make Black Bean Quinoa Casserole

Cook that superfood quinoa.

Tex Mex Black Bean Quinoa Casserole - the flavours scream summer: black beans, corn and bell peppers, mixed with quinoa and baked to a cheesy perfection. A hybrid of modern Mexican and Thai cuisines. | ifoodreal.com

Tex Mex Black Bean Quinoa Casserole - the flavours scream summer: black beans, corn and bell peppers, mixed with quinoa and baked to a cheesy perfection. A hybrid of modern Mexican and Thai cuisines. | ifoodreal.com

While quinoa is cooking, chop-chop-chop.

Tex Mex Black Bean Quinoa Casserole - the flavours scream summer: black beans, corn and bell peppers, mixed with quinoa and baked to a cheesy perfection. A hybrid of modern Mexican and Thai cuisines. | ifoodreal.com

Sauté veggies with cumin, corn and black beans. Mmmmmm.

Tex Mex Black Bean Quinoa Casserole - the flavours scream summer: black beans, corn and bell peppers, mixed with quinoa and baked to a cheesy perfection. A hybrid of modern Mexican and Thai cuisines. | ifoodreal.com

Combining sauteed veggies, pre-cooked quinoa, coconut milk, cheese, cilantro and onion creates a delicious casserole that really stands out from any traditional casseroles you are used too. And it’s healthy too! Layers upon layers of flavours!

Tex Mex Black Bean Quinoa Casserole - the flavours scream summer: black beans, corn and bell peppers, mixed with quinoa and baked to a cheesy perfection. A hybrid of modern Mexican and Thai cuisines. | ifoodreal.com

As all ingredients are already cooked you just need to put casserole in the oven for “everyone” to “marry” each other. Just until the cheese melts and bubbles, for about 30 minutes.

Garnishing with fresh herbs really helps to bring out the flavours of the casserole.

Black bean quinoa casserole tastes even better the next day and is great for freezing and preparing ahead. Enjoy!

Tex Mex Black Bean Quinoa Casserole - the flavours scream summer: black beans, corn and bell peppers, mixed with quinoa and baked to a cheesy perfection. A hybrid of modern Mexican and Thai cuisines. | ifoodreal.com

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Black Bean Quinoa Casserole

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Tex Mex Black Bean Quinoa Casserole – the flavours scream summer: black beans, corn and bell peppers, mixed with quinoa and baked to a cheesy perfection. A hybrid of modern Mexican and Thai cuisines.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 37 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, dry
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or coconut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups corn, canned or frozen
  • 3 large bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cilantro, finely chopped and divided
  • 1/2 cup green onions, finely chopped and divided
  • 2 cups Tex Mex cheese, shredded and divided
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa as per package instructions undercooking by 4 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Add corn, bell peppers, jalapenos and cumin. Stir and sauté undisturbed for 3 minutes, stir again and sauté for another 3 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a large mixing bowl along with cooked quinoa, black beans, 3/4 cup cilantro, 1/4 cup green onions, 1 1/2 cups cheese, coconut milk and salt. Mix well, transfer to 8 x 11 baking dish, sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake for 30-40 minutes uncovered.
  4. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and 1/4 cup green onions, and serve warm. No need to let the casserole cool down.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.

Freeze: Assemble, tightly wrap with plastic and then foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and bake as per instructions + 15 minutes.

Make Ahead: Assemble, cover and refrigerate for up to 48 hours. Bake as per instructions.

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