It’s week 4 of Meatless Monday’s! So far my adventures in Meatless meal making have been super fun and delicious! This week I was feeling super in the mood for Mexican-Style cuisine, so I decided to throw together a meatless Mexican rice casserole!
Beans are an excellent source of protein already present in Mexican cooking, so honestly I barely at all missed the meat! One of my biggest tips for making a meal Meatless is not to skip out on the spices you would normally use to season the meat with! For example, I’d usually make this recipe with chicken or shrimp, seasoning the meat with chili powder, salt, cumin, and paprika. All of these I used to season my meal! It makes all the difference in keeping these dishes authentic to what you are used to while removing the meat component!
Recipe after the jump
- 5 cups (cooked) yellow rice (I used a box mix)
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 avocado, pit removed and cut into cubes
- 1 large jalapeño, sliced (seeds optional)
- 2-3 ears worth of corn removed from cob (or 1 can of corn rinsed and drained)
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- Juice of 1 lime
- Chili powder
- Avocado oil
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
1) Prepare Your Yellow rice as directed
2) While rice is cooking, dice tomatoes and jalapeño, and remove corn from cob.
3) When rice is finished cooking, make a Hole in the center to expose the pan. Add 1 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil and turn heat to medium high. Add jalapeño, tomato, corn, lime juice, and beans to the rice and stir. Add sour cream and cheese, stirring until melted and coating the rice mixture. Add chili powder, paprika, salt, and cumin to taste.
4) While rice & vegetables are frying, prepare your avocado cubes. Add to the mixture and fold in gently.
And you are done!
This recipe makes 6-8 servings… it’s VERY filling! And chock full of healthy ingredients high in protein, potassium, and all kinds of other goodness! This would be excellent served with tortilla chips to scoop like a dip!
What suggestions do you have? Any meat-lover meals you’d like to see a meatless take on?