Snow Day! And a scrumptious vegetarian recipe.

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It’s a snow day in Denver! I was already off work today and yesterday anyway, but I’m still playing by snow day rules!

I took Lucy on a little stroll through our neighborhood and I was wearing my snowboarding clothes. It’s not like we got THAT MUCH snow, but I enjoyed having a reason to wear my big comfy snowboarding pants and poofy coat. The walk didn’t last long, the wind was freezing and blowing directly in my face. brrrrr…

So what else do you do on a snow day when you have the whole day to play? Well, I have decided to have a real “snow day” and stay in. I have finished season 2 of Girls, and I also cooked a delicious healthy dinner last night and have plans to cook something creative again tonight(and possibly spend some more time with my DVR!)

I stick to a pretty vegetarian diet. I eat fish so you could say that I’m a pescatarian(have no idea if I spelled that right,but you get the jist). I love to cook, and also love the challenge of taking recipes and turning them into vegetarian/healthy options. So I present you my Taco Quinoa Bake. This five ingredient recipe is so easy, healthy, and quick. It makes it’s way into my monthly meal cycle a couple times.

TACO QUINOA BAKEĀ 

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can Rotel Green Chile’s and Tomatoes
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 cup of quinoa(I always make extra for salads and other recipes, but cooking a half cup would be ok for this recipe. Follow the recipe on the box you buy)
  • 1/2 bag of low sodium taco seasoning. Full bag if you think it needs more flavor!
  • 1/2 cup-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese(again this is personal preference with how much cheese you like)

Preset oven to 375. Cook quinoa first. Lightly grease your casserole dish. Stir other ingredients together. Blend quinoa in with all other ingredients after it’s done cooking(typically 15 minutes or so) and add to casserole dish. Top with cheese and cook for 20-25 minutes. Make sure the middle is warm before pulling out of the oven.

It’s that easy and it tastes really good! If you have a meat-eater in the house, or you feel like adding that extra protein this dish is great with chicken or ground beef.

Happy Snow Day from Denver!