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Quick and Easy Mexican Brown Rice Casserole

Can you believe I’ve never made a casserole before?!

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I was feeling inspired last night and in the mood for something vegetarian and Mexican, and here’s what I came up with! The secret ingredient? Hummus. Makes it creamy without needing cheese!

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I can’t believe how quick, easy, and delicious (and healthy!) this was. I see lots more casseroles in my future :)

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Quick and Easy Mexican Brown Rice Casserole

Inspired by Caitlin’s Cheeseless Pasta Bake

(makes 4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 C cooked brown rice (I used a whole package of 90 second brown rice)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 C black beans
  • 1/2 C hummus
  • 1/2 C chunky salsa
  • Half a large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • Sprinkle of salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour mix into a non-stick or sprayed baking pan/casserole dish.

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Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until egg is firm. Enjoy :)

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While I had the oven on, I decided to roast some asparagus that was sitting in the fridge needing to be used up.

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I simply tossed the asparagus in a drizzle of olive oil, and then sprinkled on some salt and pepper. Tossed them in the oven with the casserole (at 375) for about 18 minutes. Simple and delicious! This will be a repeat recipe from now on as well!

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Have you ever made a casserole before? What’s your favorite casserole? (Please feel free to share links!)

You know what I also love about casseroles? Leftovers. I just packed up a piece of the casserole for lunch today:

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Along with some grapes and baby carrots:

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And a simple salad with mixed greens, a little goat cheese, and avocado — with a little baggie of balsamic vinaigrette in the top!

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Afternoon snacks will be a pineapple Chobani:

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And a beautiful piece of my Fresh Cranberry and Walnut Pumpkin Bread from yesterday. Yum!

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All ready to go:

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I always pack a lot of afternoon snacks because I have to eat lunch early on Tuesdays/Thursdays to get to my second class of the day (starts at 12:30) on time. Not being prepared with enough snacks in the past has ended up with me buying a massively overpriced Clif bar or something in the University snack shop — not worth it! :)

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It’s another rainy and humid day here in NC — but we’ve been promised that fall weather will return tomorrow. I can’t wait… especially since Matt and I will be staying here in Chapel Hill this weekend for the first time in… a month?! I’m thinking besides Halloween festivities, perhaps a hike will be in order :) Anyway, I took advantage of the weather grossness and did an awesome internal speed workout on the treadmill (in my apartment’s tiny gym) this morning — working my way from 6.5 mph to 8.5 mph in 0.5 mph increments, repeat, repeat, repeat. No real plan, just whatever I felt like doing — usually I spent about 30 seconds to a minute at each speed level. I did that for 20 minutes and then a more chill 20 minutes on the elliptical. I was VERY sweaty so I think it worked :)

I’m off to school — have a wonderful day!

Comments

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    I LOVE casseroles. They are my go-to’s when I’m in the need of an easy, one-dish dinner. They also make perfect leftover lunches, like you showed here!

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    I *love* casseroles (and risottos) precisely because it is such an easy way to pack a balanced lunch for the next day – veggies, protein, and grains all in one portable container, ready to go in the microwave. This one looks like a must try.

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    I love casseroles!

    One of my favorites is Rachael Ray’s Mexican Lasagna http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/mexican-lasagna-recipe/index.html

    I’ve made it vegetarian by eliminating the chicken and doing double the beans or using soy crumbles. Possibilities are endless.

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    I can’t wait to try this casserole! I am a big fan of one dish meals and this looks so great….love the hummus idea.

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    I never, ever make casseroles and I never would have thought to make one like yours. But it looks so good! And I like that it’s an easy next-day lunch. I need more of those!

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    You should definitely check out Franklin Street on Halloween! It’s always quite crazy, and all the students have very creative costumes. It’s a little sketchy at times, but worth the experience. :)

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    That does look really tasty! But if one were inclined to doctor this with cheese, at what point would you add it? Would you bake it with the cheese on top, add cheese into the mixture, or sprinkle cheese on top when you are done? :)

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    I’ve never made a casserole, because I honestly didn’t know they were this easy! And the best part is that most of the ingredients, you normally have – not special trips to the grocery store!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    I LOVE casseroles! To me, any dish that combines all major food groups in one is a winner :)

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    That casserole looks delicious and I love that there isn’t any cheese :)

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    Looks delicious, I am a casserole woman when the entire family is together. Makes it easy on Mama (me). – can’t wait to see what you and Matt are up to this weekend. Whatever it is, have fun.

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    Hi Anne! I just found your site while bloggin around. I’m in my last year of dietetics at the University of Rhode Island, and I just started my own food blog! I’m not sure where it will take me, but like you, I’m having fun along the way. I love your blog, and look forward to reading more! Good luck in school!

    P.S. Food science was my favorite class…yummy food :)

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    Confession: I have never made a casserole either! This one looks good, I may have to try it out. I wish i could find one Adam would like- he is too damn picky! Oh well more for me :)

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    I actually never liked it, but I enjoy quiche. My mom makes a great breakfast quiche with eggs, sour cream and spinach.

    Do you like to do your speedwork on the dreadmill? I find that I can pace myself better that way. :)

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      I don’t do as much speedwork as I should, but it does seem to be easier on the treadmill. I just get so bored running on it usually though! I like tracks for speedwork – sprint the straights, jog the curves…

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    Wow, that looks so great and I love how easy it is! : ) Love using the hummus in it as well!

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    I love that lunch bag, where is that from?

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    That casserole is so creative! A perfect vegetarian dish that my family will actually like…lots of picky eaters when it comes to vegetarian food. [Lots of meat lovers in my family ;-)]

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    Great casserole — and great workout. Hope the weather cooperates for a nice hike. Go Heels!

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    You’re the queen of simple recipes, Anne. This looks great — I’ll get on veganizing it!

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    hi, i love casseroles & this one seems great,but i want to know the number of servings & if possible the nutritional info.
    i also want to ask u some recipes call for pastry wholewheat flour which is not available(i live in egypt),is there any substitute?
    thank u very much.

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      It’s about 4 servings, but I don’t know the nutritional info. And if you can’t find whole wheat pastry flour, you can just use white flour.

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    Hello,

    I made that casserole yesterday for me (your recipe) and hubs (added chicken) and we both loved it. I will have the leftovers today for lunch.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Do you think this would freeze well? I would love to make this ahead for a quick reheat meal for my crazy season.

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    I made this last night and it was so good. I always like a quick and nutritious dinner and this one hit the spot. Boyfriend scored it a 9 out of 10! Will definitely be making this again.

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