17 April 2011

Fiesta Quinoa


Fiesta Quinoa
ole!
What's in it?
[adapted from this recipe]
1/2 cup of Quinoa, rinsed
1 heaping cup of Black Beans, drained and rinsed
10oz of corn or Mexi-Corn (corn with red + green peppers)
3/4 cup of Veggie Broth
1 clove of Garlic, minced
1/4 cup of Onion, diced
1/4 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Olive Oil
salt, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder to taste
serve with tortilla chips and your choice of extras

Extras + Mix-Ins
Guacamole
Fresh chopped tomatoes
Homemade salsa [or store bought!]
Tomatoes andor Salsa
Lemon or Lime wedges
Mushrooms +/or Zucchini
Cilantro
Pineapple

Brontosaurus Chefs Enjoy! It's vegan =)
T-Rex Chefs Feel free to add cheese +/or chicken/shrimp


Get Cooking!
Rinse  1/2 cup of quinoa in a sieve/strainer, drain, and allow to dry on a few sheets of paper towels. Drying time will vary, I usually rinse, strain, and just walk away.  While you're waiting, saute onion and garlic in 1 teaspoon of olive oil until transparent and set aside. Once your quinoa is dry, toss it into a pot and allow it to toast on medium heat for just a minute or so, while stirring.  You don't quite want to brown it, just a light toasting.  Next add 3/4 cup of broth and bring to a boil.  Once the bubbles start flying, reduce to low, cover, and simmer for approximately 12 minutes.  You can season before simmering or after, totally up to you!  After 12 minutes have passed, remove lid, fluff with a fork, and season if you haven't already.  If it's still a little liquid-y let it simmer for another minute or so until it's nice and fluffy.  Add sauteed onions and garlic, black beans and corn.  Stir gently to incorporate and serve hot with your favorite mix-ins and toppings! =)  I ate mine with chopped tomatoes, guacamole, and tortilla chips.  The only thing missing was a margarita! Ole!

click here for more tips on cooking quinoa <3

So, how was it?
I've totally already made this TWICE this week!  Move over beans and rice!  This one pot wonder is here to stay.  It was so light and refreshing and flavorful!  And the guacamole and chips made a perfect compliment! I wound up mushing it all together  (so attractive, right?) so I got a little bit of everything in each bite.  Delish!

Michelle from A Little Bit of This + That hooked me up with a review!
fiesta quinoa

ooh! and if you have leftovers... whip up some fiesta quinoa stuffed mushrooms!
fiesta quinoa stuffed mushrooms


What are you waiting for silly!? Get your quinoa on!


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94 comments:

  1. quinoa is my favorite - I make a batch on Monday and I eat it in bowls and salads for lunch all week long! this looks springy and tasty... and YUM to the guacamole!

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  2. Damnit Kristina! I was almost first!

    Love me some quinoa! Why have a carby grain when you can have a carby and protein filled-grain?! I use it in place of rice all.the.time! And I'm all about mushing/mixing after the blogger photo shoot! I'm definitely not one of those peeps who gets weirded out by their food touching! Famous words of Grandma Broccoli: It's all going to the same place anyways! ;)

    PS, rinse...sminse!

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  3. Congrats to the winners! I am loving that fiesta quinoa. Quinoa and black beans were made for each other. Throw in corn and it's a Mexican party :D

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  4. I love this idea!! It's like a Mexican protein fest-score! I love cold quinoa salad with raw veggies, lemon juice and feta, it's perfect for the warmer weather!

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  5. I'm afraid of quinoa. Well, not eating it, because I LOVE it, but afraid of cooking it. I think I need a step by step tutorial or someone to sit with me as I do it because I am scared to death of messing it up! Your's looks delicious though - so I really MUST learn to cook it! I'm in love with whole wheat couscous right now.

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  6. This quinoa looks amazing! I love all things Mexican - add a little cumin with guac on the side & I'm in heaven :-)

    My favourite way to have quinoa is a recipe I got from Jessica - here's the link. If you love roasted garlic, you will love this! http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/01/roasted-garlic-red-pepper-and-mushroom-quinoa/

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  7. Ahhh, I have been stalking your blog all weekend to see if you had posted winners.
    Now you do and it wasn't me. Boo :(

    Butttt I guess I can let that slide since you posted a quinoa recipe, and it just so happens I've never cooked it, but I have some in my cabinet just waiting to be used! :)

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  8. I've made almost that exact same recipe before and LOVED it! Quinoa is my favorite grain. Even my family ate this, and they thought they wouldn't like quinoa!

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  9. I love quinoa! I like to steam it and eat it over salad, or use in place of brown rice in mexican black bean/rice bowls. YUM :)

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  10. I love quinoa! It's been a staple in my diet for quite a while. I haven't made it in at least a month which is just ridiculous since it's in my pantry. I like it with black beans, salsa, avocado and cilantro.

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  11. Mmm, you could put a pineapple/ shrimp skewer on top of this for a barbecue party!
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  12. congrats to the winners (i love both of them)!!! such an awesome giveaway!

    I had a quinoa and black bean salad from whole foods once and this sounds just like it but maybe even better with the corn addition!

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  13. I LOVE quinoa. It's my go to grain for everything! Looks yummy!

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  14. Quinoa is such a great grain! It's seriously so filling! Congrats to the winners!

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  15. So...I'll never forget - in college my roommate made quinoa and the smell was so grody that I almost puked. But maybe, just maybe, I'll give this a try eventually. :)

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  16. I have never even heard of that, but it looks delicious. Anything that is friends with guac is a friend of mine.

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  17. im still here so don't forget about me! once school is over i'll be back for good! =) miss you and your blog!! this looks delish by the way!

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  18. I'm an official quinoa convert! When I first tasted it a year ago, I wasn't such a fan. But it's grown on me, and now it's definitely my grain of choice! This recipe combines some of my very favorite foods: beans, corn, and guacamole, which means I have no choice other than to make it!

    Have you tried quinoa cakes? They're pretty delicious!

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  19. Quinoa - another grain of sorts I haven't tried. This sounds yummy and I will be adding it to my try list! THANKS

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  20. Always makes me smile that your comments say "fabulous comments." I love quinoa for breakfast (weird I know). We also posted Quinoa cookies (for Passover) today and those are pretty good. Fiesta quinoa sounds fantastic.

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  21. I love quinoa...I "discovered" it about 4 or 5 years ago and really have never made rice since!

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  22. I've had quinoa several times (and like it), but I've never made it on my own. Weird, right?

    Giving anything a southwestern flair makes anything twice as good. Truth.

    Happy Monday, lady! :)

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  23. Wow- truly an original and looks right up my alley. Now if I can just make myself remember to buy quinoa at the store! Love this girl! Best yet in my book!

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  24. Oooh, that quinoa looks just like something I'd love!!! Yum!

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  25. I love quinoa! I mix it with almost anything, but I really like to use it in soups.

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  26. oohhh, i have almost all of those ingredients! i predict this will make an appearance in my kitchen soon! now i just need to find some good avocados!

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  27. Mmmm quinoa! I fell in love with it at Thanksgiving-- my uncle is a doctor and couldn't stop talking about its health benefits, and then he made the quinoa the main stuffing ingredient in a chile relleno. Perfect!

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  28. I love using quinoa this way. I usually make a big bowl of this and then use it as a meal throughout the week. My favorite is to throw it on top of a bed of green and top with salsa/hummus!!

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  29. we eat quinoa all the time. love it with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, oregano, olive oil, and fresh lemon juice. yum!

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  30. mmm that looks tasty! i need to start cooking up quinoa! xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

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  31. Your quinoa looks so so so good! I will def be trying this out soon! This meal is perfection on a plate!

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  32. This looks good.
    I don't really understand what it is, but I have a feeling that I would eat it, anyway.

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  33. i haven't tried quinoa before but it looks like i should start!!! these meal does look so refreshing and light, perfect for summertime!!!! plus there is fresh quac, whats better than that?!

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  34. Love this quinoa idea! Anything Mexican or involving avocado and I'm sold.

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  35. I'm so making this!! I have never tried quinoa and have always wanted to! This sounds awesome!! You are awesome! <3

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  36. That looks delicious! I like to eat my quinoa with lots of mixins like sauted onion and a little cheese :)

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  37. I like the dinosaur shout outs. :)

    I do like quinoa - most specifically Mama Pea's Spanish Quinoa!

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  38. OMG looks and seems really really beautiful!!!!:)
    xx

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  39. I have been looking for some good quinoa recipes (it's so boring plain!) and this looks amazing! I can't wait to make it.

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  40. The Quinoa looks SO good!! I bet it would taste really great with some Pineapple, YUM

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  41. What a great recipe. I love anything mexican-ish! I bet this would be awesome with both the pineapple and guac add ins!!!!

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  42. Yum!! I'm totally going to make this one too!!
    I've never tried quinoa.. I'm really curious about it tough! I've been wanting to try it out!

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  43. I love me some Quinoa!! thanks for all the super ideas and make sure to link up on Friday!!

    If you get a sec, pop on over to Little Brick Ranch to enter the GIVEAWAY!!!

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  44. Love this mixture, I usually do this when I am having "taco" salads. I have never tried it as a "dip" before! I will have to break out the chips for the next batch :)

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  45. i have been trying to find quinoa around me! gotta go to the big girl grocery store instead of the baby one by me. totally going to move that up on my to do list now that I have seen this delishness!

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  46. Thank you, thank you for posting this. We've been eating more and more quinoa and I never know what to do to doctor it up! Will try on Cinco De Mayo! And please tell me you are more than just 2 chips! ;-) I reallly need to take more notes from you! Love your blog and just noticed the DIY stuff, too! ;-) Duh!

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  47. I ate 5 =) Better? I wasn't super crazy about the ones I bought this time around. Snyder's tortilla rounds are just sorta Meh!

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  48. I've had quinoa but I've never made it. It's a yummy food though!

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  49. I've never tried quinoa, but I will. Looks delish!

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  50. I was just thinking today that I wanted to make a quinoa salad. I can't wait to try this. maybe tomorrow!

    I like my quinoa as a breakfast cereal cooked with frozen cranberries then nuts and coconut sprinkled on top. It keeps me going for hours.

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  51. Quinoa is one of my fav things to make! And guacamole....love love love! I dont think I have ever combined the two.

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  52. Oh My!! I never win - I can't believe I won!! I'm at thelivelykitchen(at)gmail(dot)com. You made my night!!!

    PS - I make a quinoa dish similar to this a few times a month. I cook quinoa with water, salsa, black beans and tex-mex seasoning. Yum.

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  53. OMG! I won! I never win! I think i read a the top post or read the top half of it and never made it to the "win" part! I love you :) I will email you momentarily ;)

    <3

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  54. I love quinoa, so I will be making this soon!

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  55. I LOVE the little pea with the x's and o's. SOOO YOU! :) I love quinoa both as a stirfry base and as a breakfast base.

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  56. Wow. This looks amazing. I am always looking for new quinoa recipes (quinoa pesto salad is mah fave) but this is right at the top of my list of recipes to try!

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  57. just do a cook book already! lol this looks yummy. thanks for partying at Type A!

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  58. Quinoa is such an amazing food :), great recipe! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  59. What a great flavor combo to add to quinoa! I love it!

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  60. Your Fiesta Quinoa is just in time for Cinco de Mayo. It really looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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  61. Wow. This looks amazing. I am always looking for new quinoa recipes (quinoa pesto salad is mah fave) but this is right at the top of my list of recipes to try!

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  62. I've had quinoa but I've never made it. It's a yummy food though!

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  63. i have been trying to find quinoa around me! gotta go to the big girl grocery store instead of the baby one by me. totally going to move that up on my to do list now that I have seen this delishness!

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  64. OMG! I won! I never win! I think i read a the top post or read the top half of it and never made it to the "win" part! I love you :) I will email you momentarily ;)

    <3

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  65. I have been looking for some good quinoa recipes (it's so boring plain!) and this looks amazing! I can't wait to make it.

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  66. I like the dinosaur shout outs. :)

    I do like quinoa - most specifically Mama Pea's Spanish Quinoa!

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  67. I was just thinking today that I wanted to make a quinoa salad. I can't wait to try this. maybe tomorrow!

    I like my quinoa as a breakfast cereal cooked with frozen cranberries then nuts and coconut sprinkled on top. It keeps me going for hours.

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  68. Love this quinoa idea! Anything Mexican or involving avocado and I'm sold.

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  69. i haven't tried quinoa before but it looks like i should start!!! these meal does look so refreshing and light, perfect for summertime!!!! plus there is fresh quac, whats better than that?!

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  70. we eat quinoa all the time. love it with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, oregano, olive oil, and fresh lemon juice. yum!

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  71. I love using quinoa this way. I usually make a big bowl of this and then use it as a meal throughout the week. My favorite is to throw it on top of a bed of green and top with salsa/hummus!!

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  72. oohhh, i have almost all of those ingredients! i predict this will make an appearance in my kitchen soon! now i just need to find some good avocados!

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  73. Wow- truly an original and looks right up my alley. Now if I can just make myself remember to buy quinoa at the store! Love this girl! Best yet in my book!

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  74. I've had quinoa several times (and like it), but I've never made it on my own. Weird, right?

    Giving anything a southwestern flair makes anything twice as good. Truth.

    Happy Monday, lady! :)

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  75. Always makes me smile that your comments say "fabulous comments." I love quinoa for breakfast (weird I know). We also posted Quinoa cookies (for Passover) today and those are pretty good. Fiesta quinoa sounds fantastic.

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  76. I'm an official quinoa convert! When I first tasted it a year ago, I wasn't such a fan. But it's grown on me, and now it's definitely my grain of choice! This recipe combines some of my very favorite foods: beans, corn, and guacamole, which means I have no choice other than to make it!

    Have you tried quinoa cakes? They're pretty delicious!

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  77. im still here so don't forget about me! once school is over i'll be back for good! =) miss you and your blog!! this looks delish by the way!

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  78. So...I'll never forget - in college my roommate made quinoa and the smell was so grody that I almost puked. But maybe, just maybe, I'll give this a try eventually. :)

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  79. Quinoa is such a great grain! It's seriously so filling! Congrats to the winners!

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  80. congrats to the winners (i love both of them)!!! such an awesome giveaway!

    I had a quinoa and black bean salad from whole foods once and this sounds just like it but maybe even better with the corn addition!

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  81. I've made almost that exact same recipe before and LOVED it! Quinoa is my favorite grain. Even my family ate this, and they thought they wouldn't like quinoa!

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  82. I'm afraid of quinoa. Well, not eating it, because I LOVE it, but afraid of cooking it. I think I need a step by step tutorial or someone to sit with me as I do it because I am scared to death of messing it up! Your's looks delicious though - so I really MUST learn to cook it! I'm in love with whole wheat couscous right now.

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  83. Congrats to the winners! I am loving that fiesta quinoa. Quinoa and black beans were made for each other. Throw in corn and it's a Mexican party :D

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  84. quinoa is my favorite - I make a batch on Monday and I eat it in bowls and salads for lunch all week long! this looks springy and tasty... and YUM to the guacamole!

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  85. just what i was looking for- i knew i came to the right place! thanx

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  86. MeetMissJackson8088Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    as a first quinoa cooker, I followed your recipe and I want to say thank you! I added some stuff tho: I followed the how-to on the quinoa (i would have been lost w/out the recipe!) but I sauteed shrooms, green peppers, onions, garlic w/evoo and then added some peas too- i had it on hand and it worked out well! oh yeah, we added lemon pepper which was pretty good w/it

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  87. I just made this.  YUMMY!! I'm addicted! I am going to make a second batch.  Easy and Yummy good combo.

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  88. Yay!!!! I'm so glad you love it too! Thanks Renee!

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  89. Omg! Eating the quinoa right now and it's absolutely amazing like foodgasmic amazing.. Thanks so much for posting the recipe. :)

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  90. Yayyyy!!!!!!! I'm so so so thrilled you love it! =) *happy dance!*

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  91. This is a splendid (yes, I said splendid) meal all on its own, but add a few whisked whole eggs or egg whites and make it a casserole! Freakin' awesome, thanks for all of the great recipes, Jenn!

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