Caitlin’s Santa Fe Casserole

I was in recent need of some recipe inspiration! I was starting to feel like I eat a lot of the same meals over and over again. I try to make most of my meals easy and nutritious. I want to put stuff on the blog that I feel my readers would want to eat too!

I read Caitlin’s blog everyday! I was so excited when I met her at the Disney Blogger meet-up a few weeks ago.  I am not only inspired by her athletic accomplishments, I am also inspired by her meal creations! She makes such yummy meals!

I was most recently inspired by Caitlin’ s Santa Fe Casserole. Beans, veggies, rice and cheese – OH MY! Below is how Caitlin made the dish. I followed it pretty much exactly.

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Here is what you will need for this amazing dish:

  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon EVOO
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/2 can red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 large pepper, chopped

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Here is how you make it:

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a casserole dish with EVOO spray.
  • In a skillet, cook the onion, garlic, and EVOO on Medium High until tender.  Add the salt and chili powder.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the pepper, milk, beans, COOKED brown rice, eggs, cheddar cheese, and green pepper.
  • Pour mixture into casserole dish and sprinkle with extra pepper.
  • Bake casserole for 25 minutes or until center is firm.
  • Let cool 5 minutes and serve.
  • Enjoy!

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I love quick and easy casseroles’ that aren’t too massive. Its nice to have a casserole dish where fiancé and I can eat the leftovers the next day for one meal and not be drowning in leftovers for the next few days! This was the perfect amount!

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I couldn’t decide if I wanted my casserole on a plate or in a dish. It was a tough decision! I started off with a scoop on a plate…

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But then promptly moved it into a bowl!

How do you eat your casserole’s? Plate or bowl?

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This dinner was so easy and such a hit! Fiancé and I loved it! The veggies were awesome and the rice and cheese were a perfect addition. Yum yum! It was very filling!

What’s your favorite casserole creation? I am always looking for new recipes and tips. Please share!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Caroline March 17, 2010 at 12:44 am

    I love the look of this casserole, if only my husband could eat legumes! I might have to be selfish and just make it for myself sometime. 🙂

  • Reply ~Mrs. Guru~ March 17, 2010 at 12:51 am

    That looks delicious!

  • Reply Mom on the Run March 17, 2010 at 1:52 am

    I love the casserole recipe. Thanks for sharing. I also enjoy something I can make and have leftovers.

    I voted for you! Hope you win 🙂

  • Reply Carly March 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Ok, I've voted like 3 times already. Keeping my fingers crossed for you guys!

  • Reply ladypurpl March 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I eat my casserole on a plate! Glad you and fiance liked your dinner – it looks like you might have some leftovers! Pretty photos too.

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