All the flavors of your favorite Tex Mex dish but wrapped into a quinoa dish! This Lighter Chicken Fajita Casserole is a sync to throw together, making it perfect for busy nights!
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When I think of winter, I immediately curse Mother Nature, kidding, sorta. No really; I immediately think of comfort dishes. Cheesy, gooey dishes that are so rich they keep you full and happy for hours on end! One evening I was feeling like a bit of a fiesta so I set out to make a lighter dish that was a way less time consuming then making a full Mexican spread. Let’s be honest, I had a margarita calling my name.
I have a special place in my heart for quinoa and for many reasons. You can even say I am tad bit obsessed. And for good reasons! A quick cooking, gluten free, whole grain that is a nutritional powerhouse. It contains more antioxidants, protein and fiber than any other grain; which is the perfect reason for me to substitute any recipe that calls for rice, couscous and even pasta!
The base is caramelized onions and bell peppers. Theory nutty and sweet flavor are seasoned with spices for a huge flavor kick. Just a slight burn that keeps you coming back. Then homemade enchilada sauce is added. The mixture all then simmers for the flavors to marry. Once the mixture is heated, cooked quinoa and green chiles are added for a little extra heat because what are fajitas without a spicy finish?
Then the best part is thrown in. You didn’t think I would miss a chance to devour melty cheese, did you? Perfectly creamy, spicy cheese makes any mexican dinner and it completes this dish for sure. I have been obsessed with Kraft’s new Jalapeno White Cheddar Cheese that I have been sneaking it into every dish I can. Its out of this world delicious. Think of the possibilities of homemade cheese dip!
With all the chicken fajita flavored packed into a healthy and comforting and skinny winter casserole, you will save enough room for a much needed margarita! Ole!
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