This post is sponsored by College Inn
Well, here goes: Daniel and I are out of control with Mexican food.
I think it started over the holidays, when we got into a habit of getting burrito bowls all the time, but somehow, it’s still with us. Usually a kick like this would just pass. We’d get tired of the same flavors: cumin, chili powder…We don’t, though. Just when we think we’re making something “new” for dinner (read: NOT burrito bowls), we find ourselves three bites into our tacos, nachos…looking at each other, “We’re hopeless, huh?”
So we’re owning it.
To keep it healthy and add in a little more variety (addiction justification #4956), I’m switching up the wholesome ingredients, like using quinoa in place of brown rice, or pinto beans for black beans.
This quick casserole is our latest favorite. First of all, it’s like a giant burrito bowl, with quinoa, black beans, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and cheese! Second of all, casseroles are not only pure comfort, but they’re kind of the gift that keeps on giving: leftovers!
Now, as healthy as quinoa is, it’s a little bland on its own. To boost the flavor here, I sauté a whole lotta garlic and onion in olive oil, add the quinoa to the pan to toast it until it’s golden and nutty, then add College Inn Fat Free and Lower Sodium Chicken Broth, a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, herbs, and spices, and simmer until the quinoa has absorbed all of that rich, savory flavor. This liquid mixture does wonders for the flavor, but even when you’re just cooking quinoa as a simple side dish, I’d recommend cooking it in broth—either vegetable broth or chicken broth. This is something I always do, and the reason I always keep a few boxes of College Inn broth in my pantry, because their broth adds a richness that I can’t get with water alone (and for only 5 calories per cup!).
Make this delicious Mexican quinoa and black bean casserole as soon as you can, friends! Enjoy!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of College Inn Broth. The opinions and text are all mine.