Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Dish

image Tired of your average enchilada dish? Well this dish will definitely activate your taste buds and leave you feeling satisfied! This quinoa casserole is a great alternative to traditional enchiladas and is a crowd pleaser! It’s an easy mouthwatering recipe to make for any meal- including for a crowd!


Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Dish

Ingredients:
– 2 cups dry Quinoa, cook according to package directions
– 2 Chicken breasts, boneless & skinless, cubed
– 1 ½ cup Sweet Onion, chopped
– 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
– 1 ½ Tablespoon chili powder
– ½ Tablespoon garlic powder
– 2 cups Red Enchilada Sauce
– 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
– 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
– ½ cup green onion, chopped
– Cilantro
– Avocado
– Hot Sauce
– Salt & Pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook quinoa, fluff with a fork and toss with enchilada sauce in a large bowl. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium to high heat. Sauté onion for 5-8 minutes or until brown and caramelized. Add chicken cubes and seasonings (chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, hot sauce and some enchilada sauce). Cook chicken for about 8-10 minutes or until done. Make sure not to overcook the chicken.
3. Add chicken to quinoa and toss to combine. Mix in ½ cup of each kind of cheese to the quinoa and chicken. Place the quinoa into a 9×11 casserole dish. Top with cheeses. Bake uncovered for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
4. Set the oven to broil and broil for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is slightly browned. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn!
5. Plate the quinoa and top with fresh avocado (or you can make guacamole!), cilantro & green onion. Sour cream and salsa are also great too!


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Potatoes au Gratin

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Potatoes make a great side dish, but sometimes, well- they can just be so bland. T.W.O. decided to change things up a bit and make Potatoes Au Gratin! And wow, was it a hit! The ingredients are simple, but the flavor is so delectable!

Ingredients:

-½ cup low-salt chicken broth
-1½ cups heavy cream
-2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
-1 Tablespoon dried basil
-2½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/8 inch thick
-Krazy Salt and freshly ground black pepper
-1 Tablespoon nutmeg
-1-2 cups grated Gruyère cheese

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In a small saucepan, combine the broth, cream, garlic and basil. Bring to a boil. Take it from the heat and let the flavors infuse as you assemble the potatoes.

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Heat the oven to 350°F. Spread about one-third of the potatoes in the bottom of a 2-qt. gratin or heavy baking dish. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Layer with 1/3 of cheese. Top with another one-third of the potatoes, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg again. Layer with another 1/3 of cheese. Arrange the remaining potatoes on top and season.

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Put the gratin dish on a baking sheet to catch any spills. Pour the cream mixture over the potatoes. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Cover the dish loosely with foil and bake in the oven until the potatoes start to get tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking, basting occasionally with the liquid in the dish, until the potatoes are very tender when pierced with a knife and a golden crust forms on top. This will take about another 30 to 45 minutes. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

Bon appetite!

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