Enchilada Quinoa Bake

Quinoa Enchilada BakeMexican Quinoa Bake

Anyone else feel the need to re-boot after the holidays? Even though we’ve just wrapped up Thanksgiving, I’m looking to start December off on the right foot and eating healthy. Summer bodies are made in the winter, right? This enchilada quinoa bake is one of my favorite dishes and it’s packed with flavor. If you’re a mexican food lover (hand raised over here!) this is the perfect way to cure the craving with a lighter option.

Enchilada Quinoa Bake
via skinnytaste

ingredients:
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 clove crushed garlic
1 1/4 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth*
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 tbsp chipotle en adobo sauce (or more if you want it spicy)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
3/4 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup fresh or frozen thawed corn
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus 2 tbsp for garnish
1 1/2 cups part-skim shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided*
1 medium (4 oz) haas avocado, diced
2 tbsp chopped scallions

directions:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly spray a 9 x 12 baking dish with oil.
In a medium saucepan cook the quinoa with 1 3/4 cups broth according to package instructions; when cooked, fluff with a fork and set aside. Meanwhile in a small saucepan heat the oil over medium low heat. Add the garlic and saute until golden, about 1 – 2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, 1/4 tsp kosher salt, cumin, 1/4 cup broth and chipotle en adobo. If it’s too thick, add 2 tbsp water to thin out. Bring to a boil and simmer 3 to 4 minutes.In a large bowl combine the cooked quinoa, green chiles, corn, black beans and 1/4 cup cilantro. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese and mix will. Place into the baking dish and spread out. Top with the enchilada sauce and remaining cheese.Cover with foil and bake until hot the cheese is melted, about 20 to 25 minutes.
To serve, top with avocado, scallions and remaining fresh cilantro.

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24 Comments

  1. December 1, 2015 / 6:13 am

    Quinoa on it’s own is very hard for me to like but mixed with all these delicious flavors I love it!! Thanks for sharing this recipe! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  2. December 1, 2015 / 7:37 am

    Ashley! This looks amazing, and I seriously need to detox from the holidays. This is the perfect recipe to hit the restart button.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  3. December 1, 2015 / 8:09 am

    This sounds fantastic! I’m always excited to try a new quinoa recipe and I love how flavor-packed this one is!

  4. December 1, 2015 / 8:28 am

    so glad you said it. summer bods are def made in the winter! because lets be real, the older we get, the harder it is to lose it as quickly! anyway this looks so delicious! and filling to boot i’m sure. yum!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  5. December 1, 2015 / 8:44 am

    Yum! I’m doing the 21 day fix and this would be perfect!

  6. December 1, 2015 / 8:47 am

    I try to like quinoa but I just can’t! I’d be willing to give it a shot in this though! Looks delicious!

  7. December 1, 2015 / 9:08 am

    This sounds incredible!!!! Definitely trying this.

  8. December 1, 2015 / 9:08 am

    Yum! This looks filling, delicious and healthy, triple threat.

  9. December 1, 2015 / 9:35 am

    Looks and sounds delicious! I hear ya on the body rebooting too!! I definitely indulged over the holiday weekend but I also worked out so I don’t feel guilty. 🙂 Thank you for sharing and I’ll have to try this sometime!!!

  10. December 1, 2015 / 10:27 am

    Yum! You had me at easy and this looks delicious!

  11. December 1, 2015 / 10:40 am

    Saved! Your recipes, friend…always so delicious!!

  12. December 1, 2015 / 11:10 am

    This looks so good! I love using quinoa in recipes and I’m adding this one to my to-try list asap!

  13. December 1, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    this looks delicious! I’ve never had quinoa, what’s it taste like? More like a rice? Like couscous?

    liz @ sundays with sophie

  14. December 1, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    YUM! I’m always down for a lighter version of a Mexican dish favorite. Thanks for sharing!

  15. December 1, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    That recipe sounds delicious! This is the second time today I’ve read the quote “summer bodies are made in the winter.” I guess I should take that as a sign and start working on it. lol

  16. December 7, 2015 / 8:20 am

    I have made a similar recipe and we loved it! Anything with quinoa has me sold. Xo, Stephanie

  17. December 9, 2015 / 11:58 am

    This looks so delicious ♥ Yummy♥

    summerdaisy.net

  18. January 12, 2016 / 8:45 am

    what a great idea! i’ve never tried quinoa like this before, so i’ll def be trying it out! thanks!