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Weight Watchers Mexican Brown Rice Casserole

Weight Watchers Mexican Brown Rice Casserole Recipe



Weight Watchers Mexican Brown Rice Casserole Recipe. You’re in the right place if you’re after a dinner that’s full of flavor! It’s a blend of wholesome ingredients that brings together the best of Mexican cuisine, all in one comforting casserole.

To whip up this meal, you’ll be using just a few ingredients. Brown rice is at the heart of the recipe, lending a rich, nutty flavor. It’s paired with salsa, refried beans, corn, chili peppers, and cheese.

What’s more, it’s a versatile dish. Serve it alongside grilled chicken, lean beef, or your favorite vegetables. It’s equally good as a main course or a side, fitting seamlessly into any meal plan.

And don’t worry if you’re new to cooking. This recipe is quite forgiving.

Whether you’re feeding a family or meal-prepping for the week, this recipe offers a satisfying solution.

Give it a try, and you’ll see why it’s become a favorite for so many!

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Weight Watchers Points


7 Points (2022/2023 Plan)

MyWW Points: 7 Blue Plan and 9 Green Plan

7 WW Freestyle Points and 9 WW Smart Points

Tips and Tricks

Draining Spinach

Ensure the spinach is thoroughly drained to avoid excess moisture in the casserole. You can squeeze the spinach with your hands or use a clean kitchen towel to remove as much water as possible.

Salsa Choice

Use a salsa that suits your heat preference. If you like it spicy, opt for a hot salsa. For a milder flavor, use a mild or medium salsa.

Layering Evenly

Spread each layer evenly to ensure consistent flavor and texture in every bite. Use a spatula to smooth out the layers.

Cheese Melting

For a perfectly melted and golden cheese topping, you can switch the oven to broil for the last 2-3 minutes. Keep a close eye on it to prevent burning.

Additional Vegetables

Feel free to add other vegetables like bell peppers or zucchini for extra nutrition and flavor. Dice them finely and mix them into the appropriate layers.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the casserole with a side of guacamole, sour cream, or extra salsa. A fresh green salad or a bowl of tortilla chips on the side can complement the dish well.

Storing Leftovers

Store any leftover casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Freezing

This casserole can be frozen for up to a month. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Customizing Spices

Adjust the cumin and chili powder to your taste preference. If you like it spicier, you can add more chili powder or even a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Cilantro Garnish

For the freshest flavor, chop the cilantro just before garnishing. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can garnish with sliced green onions or fresh parsley instead.

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Weight Watchers Mexican Brown Rice Casserole

Nesting Lane
Weight Watchers Mexican Brown Rice Casserole Recipe. A vegetarian dinner that's spicy and delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Set your oven to 375ºF to preheat
  • Use cooking spray to lightly cover a 2-quart baking dish
  • Mix together the rice, salsa, and cumin in a large mixing bowl.
  • Take 2 cups of the rice blend and spread it evenly at the bottom of the coated baking dish.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, mix the refried beans, corn, chili peppers, and chili powder.
  • With a rubber spatula, layer the bean blend over the rice in the baking dish, smoothing the surface.
  • Remove any remaining water from the spinach or collard greens.
  • Layer the greens over the bean mixture.
  • Scatter 6 tablespoons of cheese over the greens.
  • Layer the rest of the rice blend over the cheese and smooth the surface.
  • Scatter the leftover cheese on top.
  • Place the casserole on a large baking sheet with aluminum foil, to prevent spills.
  • Bake for around 30 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbling
  • Garnish with cilantro, divide into 6 portions, and it's ready to serve.

Notes

7 Points (2022/2023 Plan)
MyWW Points: 7 Blue Plan and 9 Green Plan
7 WW Freestyle Points and 9 WW Smart Points
We are not associated with Weight Watchers/WW in any way. Double check points on their official calculator.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 13gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 821mgPotassium: 564mgFiber: 9gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 6371IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 212mgIron: 3mg
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