SW Quinoa Bake

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Quinoa, uncooked   2 cups
Vegetable Stock   4 cups
Olive Oil   2 T
Onion, diced   2
Green Pepper, diced   1
Garlic, cloves   4
Zucchini, cubed   4
Black Beans, cooked or canned   4 cups
Tomatoes, diced   1/2 can
Green Chilis, diced   1 cup
Corn, whole kernal   2 cups
Cumin   2 tsp
Oregano   1 T
Chili Powder   1 T
Lime Juice   1 T
Monteray Jack Cheese   4 cups
Cilantro, bunches   1
Salt, to taste  

 

1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Spray large chafing baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. Place the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse thoroughly with cool water for at least two minutes. Drain. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the quinoa and cook, stirring, for about one minute. The quinoa should begin to dry out and pop a bit. Add the vegetable stock. Stir and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and cook, covered, for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and peppers and cook, stirring occasionally until soft, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and zucchini and cook 5-10 more minutes, until the zucchini is soft and beginning to brown.

4. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and place it in a large bowl. Add onion mixture, beans, green chiles, tomatoes, corn, cumin, oregano, chilli powder, lime juice, and salt to taste. Mix thoroughly and transfer to chafing dish. Bake 30 minutes, top with cheese, and bake 10 minutes more or until melted and just beginning to brown.

Top with cilantro, avocado, and/or salsa.  Can also top with cheddar cheese.  Pairs great with tortilla chips!

Serves 12-15

 

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