It’s cold… and I’m hating Winter already, shocker. I just have to keep reminding myself that with every cold day that passes, Christmas is one day closer!
Since I’m already beginning to hibernate (this Florida girl ain’t running around DC in 50 degree weather), I figured I should focus my energies in the kitchen instead! My tummy liked this idea :)
Nothing says “Christmas hurry on up” like a hearty chicken enchilada casserole, paired with a Christmas beer of course :) Since the boyfriend is a health nut, these enchiladas had no tortillas, but instead were made with quinoa. And, to my surprise (horror?), I didn’t miss the tortilla at all!
After a round of seconds for both of us we decided, this dish is the bomb! It was so simple to make, healthy, and hearty for a cold Winter night. Top it with some extra hot sauce and you’ve made a dish even you’ll pat yourself on the back for.
A few bites (and sips) in and I could almost hear Santa’s sleigh bells… too soon?? Fine. I will just blare my Christmas music instead for a few more weeks and pretend.
- 3 chicken breasts (cooked and diced)
- 2 cups quinoa (cooked)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup corn (I used Trader Joe's frozen fire roasted corn)
- 3/4 cup canned black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 5 ounces of mild enchilada sauce
- 3 ounces of chopped green chiles
- 1 medium tomato (diced)
- 2 tbs whole wheat bread crumbs
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Hot sauce to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Combine chicken, quinoa, 3/4 of the cheddar cheese, corn, black beans, green chilies, tomato, salt, and pepper together
- Spread mixture in greased casserole dish (9''x13'')
- Top with remaining cheese, cumin, chili powder, and bread crumbs
- Cook in the oven for 15 minutes, until the cheese has belted and the dish is slightly bubbling
- Remove from oven, top with hot sauce if you wish, and enjoy!
What do you make when the weather begins to get chilly (and you’re whining on the phone to your parents who are in sunny Florida with 90 degree weather)?