This lighter, healthier dish needed to make a fair amount so I could portion out enough for my work lunches. I was also looking for spice, to help keep my senses and stuffy cranium opened up. I found what appeared to be a fine mix of all of the above on a food blog called Pinch of Yum: southwestern quinoa and black bean casserole. We have really been digging quinoa of late and Lord knows I love me some southwestern spice. I wondered and worried a bit as to whether it would be hearty enough and I considered doing a similar casserole with chicken instead. We stuck with our gut and went for the quinoa and I'm glad we did. After all, quinoa is a low-fat, cholesterol-free food and a great protein source as well...one cup of cooked quinoa has 8.14 grams of protein and we went with the tri-color quinoa to further spike the palette of this casserole.
Go to the excellent blog Pinch of Yum and find the recipe here. Go on, now.