Sometimes, every once in a million years or so, I will surprise my family by making a dinner that doesn’t seem like it should be allowed to qualify as a real meal. That million year surprise happened a few nights ago when I made this Vegetarian Taco Bake for dinner. It sounds so decadent, doesn’t it? But when you look below the cheese that I sprinkled very generously (more than called for in the recipe) across the top of the casserole you would find lots of healthy, real ingredients. Like diced tomatoes, and chiles, and rice, and beans. Beans in a taco dip just aren’t nearly as objectionable as they are in a side dish. Lots of melted cheese and chips make everything seem more delectable.
And yes, it could have been a little bit healthier if I had remembered earlier than when I started to cook around 6:30 that my intention was to use brown rice instead of white. Too bad I didn’t have any of that quick cook brown rice. And yes, if I had used the specified amount of cheese it would have been healthier too. But is dairy that wrong? I don’t think so.
Aside from the surprised reaction from my family, the other great part of this dinner was that the majority of the ingredients were canned. Timesaver! Yay!
I definitely need more recipes like this one, easy, vegetarian, hearty, and tasty. All suggestions are welcome.