Quinoa Fiesta Enchilada Bake

  • QUINOA FIESTA ENCHILADA BAKE 

    (from SkinnyTaste) 
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tbsp chipotle en adobo sauce (or more if you want it spicy)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen thawed corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus 2 tbsp for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups part-skim shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided*
  • 1 medium (4 oz) avocado, diced
  • 2 tbsp chopped scallions
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly spray a 9 x 12 baking dish with oil.
In a medium saucepan cook the quinoa with 1 3/4 cups broth according to package instructions; when cooked, fluff with a fork and set aside.
Meanwhile in a small saucepan heat the oil over medium low heat. Add the garlic and saute until golden, about 1 – 2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, 1/4 tsp kosher salt, cumin, 1/4 cup broth and chipotle en adobo. If it’s too thick, add 2 tbsp water to thin out. Bring to a boil and simmer 3 to 4 minutes.
In a large bowl combine the cooked quinoa, green chiles, corn, black beans and 1/4 cup cilantro. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese and mix will. Place into the baking dish and spread out. Top with the enchilada sauce and remaining cheese.
Cover with foil and bake until hot the cheese is melted, about 20 to 25 minutes.
To serve, top with avocado, scallions and remaining fresh cilantro. Cut into 6 pieces and serve right away.
I substituted ground turkey for the black beans, to increase protein. And I was also able to cut back the quinoa and reduce carbs, by using ground turkey. I also found it made 8 servings instead of 6 when I made these changes.
Nutritional information for the original recipe (without my substitutions) 
Calories: 331 • Fat: 12 g • Carb: 44 g • Protein: 17.5 g 

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