I rarely follow a recipe full force, 100%. I usually just take in a recipe and do 3/4 of what the person who originally made it did, then the other 1/4 I play with. You can find Lindsay's original recipe for this casserole here.
My recipe is basically hers just I didn't add in the corn, extra green bell pepper, some of the spices, or well, the dairy! Reason being.. I didn't have all the spices on hand like I thought I did, I didn't want to use a whole other pepper since I'm on a budget and I need that pepper for other things, and I don't like corn. Why? Because of all the crap you hear about corn being genetically modified. You can read about that here if you were not aware of that. That's a newer study that just came out a few weeks ago. I've known for years about it, though. Ever since finding that out I've extremely limited my consumption of any corn products. I do eat corn tortilla chips on occasion, but other than that.. nothing with the word "corn" goes into this body.
- 1/2c onion, diced.
- 1 red bell pepper.
- 2c black beans, cooked.
- 1 clove of garlic, minced.
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
- 1/4 teaspoon of paprika.
- 1/4 teaspoon of parsley.
- 2c quinoa, cooked.
- 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast seasoning. (I used Bragg)
- 1c unsweetened original almond milk. (I used Silk)
- 1 tablespoon of earth balance* soy free vegan margarine.
- 1 tablespoon of flour.
- Toppings: diced tomato, avocado.
- Cook quinoa, as package instructs. Preheat oven to 400.
- While quinoa is cooking, saute onion, red bell pepper, garlic and spices in a pan, until softened.
- After quinoa is done cooking, remove from heat, then add in the black beans and quinoa, mix well.
- Transfer mixture into a bowl, set aside.
- In the same pan, melt the vegan margarine then add in the flour.
- Slowly add the almond milk and stir to remove lumps.
- Add in the nutritional yeast, stir well.
- Add in the quinoa mixture and stir until evenly mixed.
- Transfer mixture to a sprayed or greased casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes.
- Top with tomato and avocado!