Bodybuilding Southwestern Quinoa Casserole

It’s time we circle back and take a trip down QUINOA LANE! Today we remove the annoying out of preparing quinoa. This quick Bodybuilding Southwestern Quinoa Casserole is great for meal prep, doesn’t take long at all, is easy to switch up when you get bored, and is PACKED with great macros!

• 1 Can (14.5 Ounces/411g) Diced Tomatoes
• 1 Can (15.5 Ounces/439g) Drained & Rinsed Black Bean
Some Diced Green Chiles
1 1/2 Cups Frozen Corn
1 1/2 Cups Frozen Mixed Vegetables
Some Sliced Jalapeños
1 Cup (172g) Uncooked Quinoa
3 Teaspoons (12g) Taco Seasoning Mix
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 1/4 Cups (10 Ounces) Broth
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Pound (16 Ounces) Lean Ground Browned Meat *Optional
1 Cup (112g) Cheddar Cheese (Reduced/ Fat-Free Preferred)

1. Add and mix everything together aside from your Cheese in a bowl
2. Pour that mix into a casserole dish
3. Bake on 400F/204C for around 30-35 minutes or until your Quinoa is tender
4. Remove and top with your Cheese
5. Bake for another 5-10 minutes on 400F/204C or until your Cheese has melted

Tips: Use fresh vegetables if you don’t like frozen!
Look for lower sodium alternatives to all of your ingredients!

About the Author: Derek Howes

Derek Howes is a personal trainer and chef with over a decade of experience in the gym and kitchen. Derek, who is also known as The Protein Chef on his blog and YouTube channel, shows his viewers every week that food doesn’t need to be boring or repetitive— it’s all about balance, moderation, and having the knowledge to change things up. His recipes which have been featured in magazines, on the news, and TV shows are cheap, quick, AND delicious! His motto in life is “everything in moderation”, and is without question the most important habit he follows.


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