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Sunday, 16 June 2019

Oven-Baked Mexican Quinoa Casserole : Vegan : Gluten Free

As regular readers know, this blog brings a variety of articles, studies, thoughts, music and recipes! It is presented in a magazine style - we hope something for everyone. Our main focus is about the Low Carb Higher (Healthy) Fat lifestyle, LCHF for short, and you can read/find out more about that here 

In recent months we have seen that more and more we have regular readers, and followers, who choose to eat vegetarian or vegan. With that in mind I am passing on this recipe suggestion from Vegangela blog, it's Oven-Baked Mexican Quinoa Casserole - a vegan recipe.

Simply fry up the onion and garlic, then toss everything in a casserole dish and let it cook in the oven for 1 hour. So easy, and it's vegan / gluten-free / nut-free and has moderate carbs ...

Serves Four
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup uncooked quinoa
796 ml (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with liquid
½ cup water
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast (optional)
1 tbsp. tomato paste or ketchup
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
½ tsp chilli powder (more if you like things spicy)
Salt & freshly ground pepper
540 ml (19 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
311 g (11 oz.) can corn kernels, with liquid
3 cups baby spinach

Toppings of choice: vegan sour cream, avocado, cilantro, vegan cheese, etc. 

1. Preheat oven to 350F.  180C.  Gas Mark 4
2. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a medium frying pan (or stove-top-safe 2.8 litre/3 quart casserole dish). Add onion and garlic, and sauté until translucent, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat; and transfer to oven-safe casserole dish if not already using one.
3. Add quinoa, diced tomatoes (with juice), water, nutritional yeast, tomato paste (or ketchup), and spices. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
4. COVER and place in oven and set timer for 30 minutes.
5. Carefully remove casserole from oven and stir in drained beans and corn (with liquid). If the mixture looks dry, add a half cup of water.
6. Return to oven WITH LID and set timer for another 30 minutes.
7. Carefully remove casserole from oven and stir in spinach. It will wilt from the heat.
8. Top with sour cream, diced avocado and/or cilantro and serve.

9. IF FREEZING: Make full recipe but leave-out the spinach and toppings. Let cool and freeze in airtight container(s). To serve: defrost fully, lightly reheat (in microwave or on stovetop), stir in spinach and add toppings of choice.

For help with weight/measurement conversion see here 
From an original idea, with step by step guide here 

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All the best Jan


JFM/Jan said...

Sounds and looks delicious!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Jan
Many thanks for your comment here today.
I have just been across to your blog and seen the comment about the scammers.
I am so sorry to read you have currently decided to close your blogs …
I wonder have you considered putting comment moderation up as we do?

I have thoroughly enjoyed our blogging friendship and send you my good wishes.
I will miss you.

All the best Jan

Elephant's Child said...

While not vegan I have been eating more vegan meals of late. And enjoying them.

William Kendall said...

I can see that being appealing for those who like Mexican food.

Christine said...

This looks delicious!

Conniecrafter said...

Quinoa, that is one thing when we started eating better that we tried and I either can't get the cooking correct of it or I just didn't like it, hubby was ok with it but nothing that he got excited over so we quit using it

Tom said...

... quinoa is new to me, will need to check it out.

Miss Val's Creations said...

We will have to give this a try. We tend to make our Mexican style dishes with white rice but this would be so much healthier without sacrificing the flavor.

peppylady (Dora) said...

My youngest son like quinoa.
Coffee is on

Balvinder said...

I am a huge fan of casseroles!! So making it with quinoa and Mexican flavors just guaranteed I’m going to love this!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This looks absolutely scrumptious.

Valerie-Jael said...

Sounds great! Valerie

Edit said...

It sounds and looks delicious! I think I will try this recipe, when the weather will be a little cooler. Now, it's too hot to turn on the oven. :-)
Have a lovely week!

Jo said...

It looks lovely, I'd happily give that a go.

mxtodis123 said...

Healthy and healthy as well. Thank you.

Margaret D said...

Never made a Mexican meal - not many Mexicans down here.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

hmmm, I need to leverage beans more in my meals

Victor S E Moubarak said...

I've never tried Quinoa. Maybe I should try it sometime. I just about like, (acquired taste), cous cous. So good they had to name it twice.

God bless.

sandy said...

This looks amazing! I would have this for dinner - ..or lunch.

mamasmercantile said...

Looks delicious, Mexican food is not something I have tried before.

Sue said...

What a lovely colourful dish, it certainly looks very appetising. Have a great week, Sue x

Teresa said...

Me encantan las ensaladas. Un beso.

Lisabella Russo said...

Oh I think I will try this one! Thanks so much for the recipe!