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What’s For Lunch? – Black Bean Casserole

May 7, 2010
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Welcome to another edition of “What’s For Lunch?”.  If you missed the introduction to the segment, you can check it out here.

Today I’m offering up another Friday favourite.  This is a recipe I inherited from Jeff’s sister (thanks Jenn!) and have modified slightly, and it’s become a particular favourite of mine.  It’s another great end-of-the-week recipe, because it uses mostly pantry and freezer items.  I usually have tortillas in the freezer, and other than the cheese everything else is non-perishable.  Quick to make, you can make it in advance, and it’s also a very economical recipe.  My 10 and 1 year olds particularly love  it, and I do too!

Black Bean Casserole

1  can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
2 cups frozen veggies (I use spaghetti mix and corn)
3/4 c salsa
4 eight inch flour tortillas (i use whole grain) or 10″ cut to fit your dish
cooking spray
1 c shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Combine beans, tomatoes, veggies and salsa in a saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stiring occasionally.
3. Place 1 tortilla in bottom of a round 9 inch casserole dish or deep dish pie plate coated with cooking spray. Spoon one quarter of bean mixture over tortilla. Repeat layers, ending with bean mixture.  Top with cheese.
4. Bake uncovered, 20-30 minutes until heated through and cheese melts.  Cut into wedges and serve.

I usually serve with a side of rice or a salad, although if it’s just for the kids for lunch it will do on it’s own or with some cold veggie sticks.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2010 9:28 am

    One of my fav’s!! Love black bean casserole, we also add in chickpeas if I have them in the cupboard.

    • May 7, 2010 9:32 am

      I’ll have to try it with chickpeas! I also gave the recipe to one of my DC families, b/c their little guy loves it too. Love it when I find something nutritious, easy and economical: it’s the perfect recipe hat-trick!

  2. May 7, 2010 11:17 pm

    Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.

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