Tex-Mex Turkey Quinoa Casserole

Tex-Mex Turkey Quinoa Casserole-Delicious, hearty, & packed with Tex-Mex flavors. Ground turkey, roasted peppers, beans, squash, quinoa, & Tex-Mex spices mixed together make a scrumptious yet healthy casserole. Weight Watcher friendly (8 SmartPoints).

 

Tex-Mex Turkey Quinoa Casserole-Delicious, hearty, & packed with Tex-Mex flavors. Ground turkey, roasted peppers, beans, squash, quinoa, & Tex-Mex spices mixed together make a scrumptious yet healthy casserole. Weight Watcher friendly (8 SmartPoints).

 

I love a good casserole, don’t you?!  Casseroles are for days when I have a ton of random ingredients and just want to throw them all together in a dish, bake, and be done with dinner.  Another reason I love casseroles is they can feed me for days!  My Tex-Mex Turkey Quinoa Casserole is delicious, hearty, and packed with Tex-Mex flavors.  Spiced ground turkey, roasted peppers, black beans, squash, quinoa, and Tex-Mex spices mixed together make a scrumptious yet healthy casserole.  This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and each serving is 8 SmartPoints.

 

Not only are casseroles great make ahead meals but they also can feed you for days!  Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook, but it’s just my husband and I so when I make a casserole we are guaranteed to be fed for days.  Making casseroles basically gives me a few days off from cooking 🙂 .  I try to make a casserole at least once every few weeks when I know I will be busy in the evenings and won’t have time to make dinner.  Sometimes I will make a casserole the night before, store it in the fridge, then pull it out and bake it for dinner time.  This saves me a ton of time!

 

My inspiration for this Tex-Mex Turkey Quinoa Casserole came on a day when I really wanted to make tacos but didn’t have any tortillas.  I usually always have tortillas on hand because I crave tacos at least once a week!  I was craving taco flavors but needed to rethink my whole game plan.  Usually when I’m faced with this dilemma, I just make a casserole of sorts.  That’s why I love casseroles… I can basically just throw a bunch of random ingredients together and make something delicious! 

 

This recipe has a few steps to follow but the beauty of this recipe is that you can easily make this ahead of time and you can even do a few of these steps on Sunday for weekly meal prep!  The first step is to roast butternut squash.  I always do this step on Sunday when I do my weekly meal prep.  After you roast the squash, just store in your fridge and pull out when you are ready to make this casserole!  I just LOVE adding butternut squash to any dish.  I add butternut squash to a lot of dishes because it’s delicious, super low in Weight Watcher Smart Points and a great fuller ingredient to dishes like this.  To roast butternut squash, peel the skin off, remove and discard the seeds, then cut the squash into ½ inch cubes.  If you have never peeled butternut squash, check out this link for a great tutorial!  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, spread the squash onto the pan in an even layer, spray the top with cooking spray, season with salt and pepper, and then bake for 25 minutes. 

 

   

 

In the same oven, roast the poblano peppers.  I cannot get enough roasted poblano peppers… it’s a real game changer adding this ingredient to Mexican/Tex-Mex dishes.  Roasting these peppers adds such a deep and smoky flavor to any dish.  So good!  You could also do this step on Sunday for weekly meal prep.  After you roast the peppers, just store in your fridge and pull out when you are ready to make this casserole! Roasting peppers is super easy too, trust me.  On another baking sheet, spray with cooking spray, place poblano peppers on sheet and roast in the oven for 25 minutes.

 

 

After poblano peppers have baked, wrap with foil so they can sweat for 25 minutes.  Once the peppers are cool enough to handle, gently remove the skin and seeds, then dice.  While the peppers are sweating, cook the quinoa and ground turkey.  Again, these steps could also be done on Sunday for weekly meal prep!  Once everything is cooked, in a large bowl mix the diced roasted poblano peppers, roasted squash, quinoa, black beans, onion and jalapeno, ground turkey, tomato sauce, chipotles in adobo sauce, and spices then spread into a casserole dish.

 

 

Sprinkle the top of the casserole with CHEESE and bake for 25 minutes!

 

 

Tex-Mex Turkey Quinoa Casserole is delicious, hearty, and packed with Tex-Mex flavors.  Spiced ground turkey, roasted peppers, black beans, squash, quinoa, and Tex-Mex spices mixed together make a scrumptious yet healthy casserole.  This casserole can easily be made ahead of time for a quick weeknight meal.  Freezer friendly and great to feed a crowd!

 

Tex-Mex Turkey Quinoa Casserole-Delicious, hearty, & packed with Tex-Mex flavors. Ground turkey, roasted peppers, beans, squash, quinoa, & Tex-Mex spices mixed together make a scrumptious yet healthy casserole. Weight Watcher friendly (8 SmartPoints).

 

Tex-Mex Turkey Quinoa Casserole-Delicious, hearty, & packed with Tex-Mex flavors. Ground turkey, roasted peppers, beans, squash, quinoa, & Tex-Mex spices mixed together make a scrumptious yet healthy casserole. Weight Watcher friendly (8 SmartPoints).

 

I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!

 

For Tex-Mex Turkey Quinoa Casserole, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials:

  

 

Serves 6

Tex-Mex Turkey Quinoa Casserole

8 SMARTPOINTS per serving

10 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Butternut Squash
  • 2 Poblano Peppers
  • ½ Cup Uncooked Quinoa
  • ½ Red Onion
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Pound 99% Lean Ground Turkey
  • 2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Pepper
  • 8 Ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Liquid Chipotle in Adobo Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons Mexican Oregano (or sub regular Oregano)
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 ½ Cups Canned Black Beans
  • 2 Cups Reduced Fat Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • ½ Cup Cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Peel butternut squash, scoop out seeds, and dice into ½ inch cubes.
  3. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and spread out squash cubes onto sheet.
  4. Spray top with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes.
  6. On another baking sheet, spray with cooking spray and place poblano peppers on sheet.
  7. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes.
  8. After butternut squash in roasted, remove from oven and set aside.
  9. After poblano peppers have baked, wrap with foil so they can sweat for 25 minutes.
  10. Once peppers are cool enough to handle, gently remove the skin, then cut down the center and remove the seeds.
  11. Dice the poblano pepper into small pieces.
  12. While squash and peppers are roasting in the oven, fill pot with 1 cup of water and quinoa. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 25 minutes.
  13. Dice jalapeno and onion and set aside.
  14. Dice garlic and set aside.
  15. Heat skillet over medium heat and add oil. Add onion and jalapeno and sauté until onions are translucent, about 7 minutes.
  16. Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
  17. Add ground turkey, season with salt and pepper, and cook until browned, breaking up turkey into small pieces.
  18. Add tomato sauce and liquid from chipotles in adobo.
  19. Mix until well combined, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.
  20. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees.
  21. Into a large bowl, mix roasted butternut squash, roasted poblano peppers, ground turkey mixture, black beans, cumin, Mexican oregano, and smoked paprika.
  22. Mix until well combined.
  23. Spray casserole dish with cooking spray and spread mixture in dish into an even layer.
  24. Sprinkle the top of the dish with cheese and bake for 25 minutes.
  25. Garnish with cilantro.
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/6
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 332 Calories from Fat 87.3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.7g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 23.2g 8%
Dietary Fiber 7.5g 30%
Sugars 1.7g
Protein 32.8g 66%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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