Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake

February 11, 2014 · 5 comments

in beans and legumes,chicken/poultry,healthy,mexican/tex-mex

When I was abstaining from dairy due to Ian’s intolerance, Josie was being terribly mean and posting a million cheesy recipes I wanted to try, including this one, which has been at the forefront of my mind ever since. As soon as things were evidently going well with re-introducing dairy, I made this casserole. Like, 5 minutes later, basically.

You probably don’t know this about me, but I like Mexican food. ;-) I love that this has all the flavors of enchiladas in a form that is a bit easier to throw together and is much healthier, too. Although there are a few components to the dish, most of them are pretty hands-off and can be done simultaneously (I actually combined the sautéing of the onions/jalapeno with the cooking of the quinoa, too). I love meals like that on Sundays, because the hands-off/cook time allows me to play with my kids, make Monday’s dinner, or do any one of the other bajillion things that need to be done. (On this particular day, it was necessary to play the longest game of Uno known to man between 23 loads of laundry.)

This dish is protein-packed, from the chicken to the beans to the quinoa.  Ever since making this baked chicken & quinoa parmesan, I’ve been all about subbing quinoa in dishes where you might typically see rice or pasta. Might as well get a little extra nutrition where you can get it, right? If you’ve somehow managed to avoid quinoa up until this point, try it  in an application like this. Believe me, you will not be disappointed.

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm

After trying and loving the quinoa parmesan chicken bake this will have to be tried out as well!

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Joanne February 12, 2014 at 5:45 am

Well I’m definitely glad you can eat dairy again! Josie has shared some pretty awesome casseroles this past year…and this is certainly one of them!

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Josie February 12, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Sorry to torture you ;) But I’m glad you got to make this, and even gladder that you loved it as much as we do!

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Kevin @ Closet Cooking February 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm

This quinoa bake sounds so good!

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