Day number two of midterms week, down. Yes!
On a more sad note, Fritz went off to California today for a dental conference that he’s presenting research in. Sad for me, happy for him. It’s going to be very lonely for the next couple of days, so it’s probably a good thing I have a large stack of textbooks to bury my sorrows in.
Actually, that’s never really a good thing, is it?
My mom (who is apparently the recent MVP of this blog) gave me a recipe for this sweet-potato-black-bean-quinoa-casserole this weekend, and I decided to give it a try because it was filled with a lot of healthy ingredients that I had on hand. My one complaint was that it was a bit dry, so I’d probably add a 1/2 cup of water or so next time I made it (or an extra cup of salsa–even better!). It was good as a side dish, and even better as a Mexican-style filling for the omelet I just made for dinner!
Mexican Quinoa Casserole
- 1 C dry quinoa
- 3 C black beans (2 cans, or 1 1/3 C dried beans, soaked, rinsed, and cooked)
- 1 sweet potato, grated (about 2 C)
- 1 1/2 C salsa
- 3/4 grated cheddar cheese
- 1 T cumin
- 2 eggs or 1 egg/1 flax egg (1 T ground flaxseed in 3 T water)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the quinoa according to instructions (I used 2 1/2 C water and simmered until all the water was absorbed–I had both red and white quinoa, and red cooks more slowly than white).
In a casserole dish, combine the quinoa, grated sweet potato, and black beans.
Mix together the remaining ingredients in a bowl, using only half of the grated cheese (eggs/flax egg, cheese, salsa).
Pour over the quinoa mixture, and combine thoroughly. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
Bake, covered, on the middle rack in the oven for 25 minutes. Uncover for another five minutes and let the cheese on the top brown (you can broil it if you like your cheese crispy).
Slice and serve!
Since mine came out a bit crumbly, I was using it as a filling for other meals, which was perfect. A great way to eat this would be in a halved bell pepper with some extra salsa–mm!
Between all the studying that Fritz and I have been doing, it hasn’t been very fun around here. Luckily, Henry always manages to find some way to amuse himself–he was surfing on pieces of paper in the kitchen, jumping from one to another and sliding all over the floor. Who knew cats were so hysterical?