BeanycheesyquinoaA 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:

Beany & Cheesy Quinoa Bake
Serves 8
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 1 cup dry quinoa
  2. 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  3. 1 15 ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
  4. 1 sweet potato, grated (about 2 cups)
  5. 1 can Rotel, with juices
  6. 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  7. 1 tablespoon cumin
  8. 2 eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. 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).
  3. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, beans and sweet potato.
  4. In another bowl, combine Rotel, half the cheese, cumin and eggs. Mix well.
  5. Combine the quinoa mixture with the Rotel mixture.
  6. Dump into a casserole dish. You don't want the casserole too thick, so go for a larger dish.
  7. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
  9. Uncover and crank the oven to broil. Broil for five more minutes.
  10. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
  11. Slice and enjoy with light sour cream, some salsa and chopped cilantro!
  1. 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.
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