Lightened up version of your favorite Mexican inspired dish! Use leftover grains to make this a quick weeknight meal.  Add extra vegetables or even a sugar-free salsa to kick it up a notch! Be sure to look for BPA free cans for this recipe.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice or quinoa
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked organic chicken, cubed or shredded
  • 1 14.5-ounce can of tomato soup (or salsa, if desired)
  • 1 4-ounce can of chopped green chiles
  • 1/2 cup organic corn kernels, frozen
  • 1 14.5-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded dairy free cheddar cheese, such as Daiya, divided
  • Optional garnishes: diced avocado, tomato and fresh cilantro

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and prepare an 8-by-8 pan or 2 to 2 1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine brown rice or quinoa, chicken, soup or salsa, green chiles, corn, black beans, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, garlic salt and 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
  3. Spread mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Bake uncovered until bubbly and cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately and garnish with avocado, tomato and cilantro, if desired.

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