I had this casserole three or four times in the first few weeks of my latest Weight Watchers journey. It is one of the best dishes and can easily be customized to personal tastes. I used canned corn and pepper mixture, since it was in the cupboard. I also added chipotle powder for more zing. I find most of the Weight Watchers recipes to be fairly bland. I added ground turkey breast (very lean) one time, which adds points, but sometimes I just want the flavor and texture of meat. I filled a couple of 16 oz. Pyrex dishes and stored in the refrigerator until I was ready to cook them. If you are in a hurry, you can just mix all the ingredients and microwave until thoroughly heated. The results are a bit watery, but doesn’t negatively impact the taste.
Tex-Mex Rice and Bean Casserole
Weight Watchers POINTS® Value: 4
Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 40 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy
1 spray(s) cooking spray
1 cup(s) canned yellow corn, drained, or frozen, thawed corn kernels
1 Tbsp canned green chili peppers, chopped, mild or hot
15 oz canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup(s) cooked brown rice, fresh or day old
3/4 cup(s) shredded reduced-fat Mexican-style cheese
3/4 cup(s) fat-free sour cream
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp table salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp scallion(s), chopped (dark green part only)
2 Tbsp shredded reduced-fat Mexican-style cheese
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 2-quart glass baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine corn, chilies, beans, rice, 3/4 cup of cheese, sour cream, chili powder, salt and pepper; stir in scallions. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of cheese. Return to oven and bake until cheese melts and casserole is slightly bubbly, about 10 minutes more. Let stand for 5 minutes to firm up before slicing into 6 pieces. Yields 1 piece per serving.
Change the beans or cheese to your liking: white or black beans, reduced-fat cheddar or Monterey Jack cheeses all work well. If you want to brown the cheese more, place the dish (make sure it’s broiler safe) under the broiler for a minute or two.
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