A friend of mine posted this recipe online, and I knew I’d make it as soon as I could get a sweet potato. It’s a great recipe, and with a couple of small modifications, could become a real regular in my kitchen. It’s healthy and tasty for both dinner and lunch, can be eaten hot or room temperature, and goes well with soup and/or salad for a nice light, healthy meal.
Mine didn’t hold together very well because I don’t think the recipe allowed for enough baking time. My sweet potato wasn’t exactly soft enough either. The next day, when I reheated it for lunch, I put it in the oven for 30 minutes (from the cold refrigerator), and it held together very well when cut. Next time I would cook it for at least 45 minutes before putting it under the broiler. Maybe even longer. It’s also nice with a drizzle of hot sauce.
See my few modifications in the notes below. Otherwise, here’s the original recipe:
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 15 ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 sweet potato, grated (about 2 cups)
- 1 can Rotel, with juices
- 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 eggs
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Cook the quinoa according to instructions (I used 2 1/2 cups water to 1 cup quinoa, brought it to a boil, then simmered it till all the water was absorbed).
- In a large bowl, combine quinoa, beans and sweet potato.
- In another bowl, combine Rotel, half the cheese, cumin and eggs. Mix well.
- Combine the quinoa mixture with the Rotel mixture.
- Dump into a casserole dish. You don't want the casserole too thick, so go for a larger dish.
- Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
- Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
- Uncover and crank the oven to broil. Broil for five more minutes.
- Remove and allow to cool slightly.
- Slice and enjoy with light sour cream, some salsa and chopped cilantro!
- Since I couldn't find Rotel in the UK, I used plain chopped tomatoes, which I drained, and added extra basil, oregano and salt. Next time I would bake it for at least 45 minutes before putting it under the broiler.