Recipe by Whirlwind
I stumbled across this recipe on the Weight Watchers Core board. It is absolutely 100% core. I have made it a couple dozen times since and have tweaked it to (my personal) perfection! It is so temptingly delicious and filling, I recommend taking a portion out and immediately freezing the rest in containers for lunches. It is great with a little No Fat Sour Cream as a condiment.
Top Review by Heath*J
Very good recipe! This was my first attempt at using quinoa - I want to start using it more, b/c of its health benefits. This was a great first impression!! I pretty much followed the recipe to a T, but I did spice it up a bit by adding diced jalapeno, cumin and ground chipotle pepper when I cooked the onions/garlic. And I didn't have any coriander, but I really wished I'd had some fresh cilantro, b/c that would be really nice as garnish on this. Otherwise, for small changes, due to using what I had on hand, I used diced tomatoes and frozen corn, as well as regular cheese. I don't think I did anything different that changed the niceness of this recipe, as is. Servec w/ a little bit of sour cream = perfection. I like the idea of using it in torts - we'll probably do that w/ the leftovers. Oh, one other thing - I should have used a 9x13, but I used a large casserole (smaller than 9x13) and it took much longer to cook. It definitely needs a 9x13! Thanks for great recipe! It's a keeper!
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 lb extra lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 -2 garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 4 -6 dashes hot sauce
- 1 (14 ounce) can corn, drained
- 1 (19 ounce) can black beans, rinsed
- 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, broken up by hand
- 1 cup Herdez red salsa
- 3⁄4 cup soy cheese
Directions See How It's Made
- Prepare Quinoa: Rinse in a sieve under running water. Dry Roast in a skillet for approximately 7 minutes until a crackling sound is heard. Boil 1.5 cups of water in a small saucepan, add the dry roasted quinoa. Turn down the heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- While quinoa is simmering, heat oil in large skillet. Add garlic and chopped onions, cook 2 or 3 minutes.
- Add beef, spices and hot sauce. You may want to add a little salt and pepper here also. Brown.
- Spread quinoa in a large baking dish.
- Layer remaining ingredients in this order: Beef, corn, tomatoes, salsa, black beans and finally the grated soy cheese (Jalapeño flavor recommended).
- Bake at 450°F for 20 minutes.
- Broil for an additional 3-5 minutes to turn the cheese golden.