Black Bean Quinoa Casserole

{Healthy, Vegan, Gluten-Free} This black bean quinoa casserole is a deliciously protein-packed, gluten-free, vegetarian meal-- perfect for the whole family!

This black bean quinoa casserole is a deliciously protein-packed, gluten-free, vegetarian meal– perfect for the whole family!

{Healthy, Vegan, Gluten-Free} This black bean quinoa casserole is a deliciously protein-packed, gluten-free, vegetarian meal-- perfect for the whole family!

Black Bean Quinoa Casserole

This month’s Recipe ReDux theme is Grab a Book & Cook: We’re playing a little party game at the end of 2016: Grab your nearest cookbook and ReDux the recipe on page 201, 16, 216 – or any combination of the number ‘2016.’ (Of course, please don’t forget to credit the original recipe and change enough of the recipe to make it your very own.)

Fun! My nearest cookbook was The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook, and the recipe on page 201 was a Quinoa-Black Bean Buddha Bowl. Sounds perfect to me.

As much as I love a good Buddha bowl, I have much better luck getting my family to eat a casserole. Thankfully, this meal is so easy to prepare that it doesn’t require much effort to change it up: mix everything together in a bowl, pour it into a pan, and you’re ready to pop it into the oven. Full of crowd-pleasing things like salsa and cheese, this dish didn’t last long in my house.

The real star here, though, is the quinoa. Its status as a superfood is old news by now, but it’s so well-deserved– quinoa is gluten-free and high in protein, fiber, iron, potassium, and zinc. It has a low glycemic index, it’s high in antioxidants, and it contains all nine essential amino acids. Oh, and it’s versatile and great-tasting, too. Yay, quinoa!

Filling and delicious, this black bean quinoa casserole is an easy way to eat a nutritious and satisfying meal.


Black Bean Quinoa Casserole

Yield: one 9x13 pan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar salsa
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can corn, drained
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup cheddar or cheddar-style cheese shreds

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the quinoa, water, salsa, black beans, corn, and diced onion.
  3. Stir in the salt, cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  4. Pour into the prepared 9x13 and cook for 40 minutes, then remove from the oven and add the cheese.
  5. Cook 5-10 minutes more, or until the cheese melts.
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{Healthy, Vegan, Gluten-Free} This black bean quinoa casserole is a deliciously protein-packed, gluten-free, vegetarian meal-- perfect for the whole family!

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35 comments

  1. Jann Olson says:

    I love quinoa now and then and this casserole sound like a delicious and unique way to cook it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  2. Seana Turner says:

    I love this recipe. I feel that quinoa is kind of plain on its own, so these flavors will really perk it up. I think my family might even enjoy a little cooked chicken mixed in, although you really don’t need it from a nutritional perspective. I bet you could put this together before the kids come home from school and then just pop it in the oven at the appropriate minute. So many people are crazy from 3-6! (visiting from BragAboutIt)

  3. Kimmythevegan says:

    Oh what a great sounding casserole, Courtney! I really love combining black beans and quinoa for an extra protein pack punch – but typically do so in a salad. I really like the idea of a baked casserole – it sounds delicious and so simple.
    I haven’t seen the China Study Cookbook, but really enjoyed the China Study (that’s actually the book that got me to go vegan).
    Thanks so much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m pinning & sharing. Have a great week!

  4. Odessa says:

    This quinoa casserole looks so yummy! I don’t know if when I try it out mine will look the same way. I love the way this recipe contains everything I’ve been trying to have more of, all the healthy things that are said to help in fighting so many major diseases. Do you have a YouTube page I can check out and follow step by step when preparing this?

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