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Easy Quinoa Casserole

This dish is perfect for this time of year when the days are long and cold. It comes together quickly, has great flavor and is loaded with protein and fiber. It features quinoa, which is a whole grain that confounds people on how to use it. Here it is mixed with salsa, cheese and spices, and it’s sure to win over even the most skeptical eaters at your table.

1 cup cooked quinoa
2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup shredded low fat cheddar cheese, divided
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
Pinch of salt and pepper
2 eggs
1 cup salsa
Cilantro for topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8” x 8” baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Mix the quinoa, beans, 1/2 cup of cheese, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper in a medium sized bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and salsa.  Pour the salsa mixture into the quinoa mixture and stir together. Place into casserole dish.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese over the top and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.  Top with cilantro, if desired. 

Content submitted by Janyce Gately MS, RD, LDN, CHC