Weight Watchers Mexican Brown Rice Casserole Review

Welcome back readers! Sorry I took the day off yesterday. By the end of the day, we were so zonked that we really didn’t feel like cooking. So, I looked up some different weight watchers fast food points and boy was I SHOCKED!

I guess I shouldn’t have been. I mean, fast food is notoriously bad for you. But MAN! But I’m glad for this, I guess. These points are really helping me see the nutrition value in different foods. When I see how many points some of my favorite fast food meals are, it makes me stop and think about how bad they must be for me. And then…I really don’t want to eat them as much.

Except for a cheesy gordita crunch (sub beans for meat if you’re a veggie head like me). I always want one of those bad boys!

I read this week that the Mcdonald’s pancake breakfast is something like 46 WW points! That’s like two whole days of points for me! GEEZ!!!

I definitely can’t be having that….

So, today I writing my review of Weight Watchers Mexican Brown Rice Casserole!

I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised by all of the WW meals we’ve been having. Not one of them has tasted bad. And that includes this casserole!

I was pretty hungry when I started cooking so I forgot to take a picture of the ingredients. Bad blogger! *slaps wrist* But that’s okay. I can still tell you our thoughts.

We couldn’t even taste that the rice was brown. In our house, we tend to stay away from brown rice because we aren’t a fan of the taste. But hey! Now we can eat brown rice and actually like it!

I ended up using some zucchini (still zero points) instead of spinach because that’s just what I was feeling. That change didn’t affect the point value so I was still good- and I enjoyed the meal more than I would have with spinach, I think. I highly recommend trying this substitution!

Weight Watchers Mexican Brown Rice Casserole

Weight Watchers Mexican Brown Rice Casserole

From the WW website:

Ingredients

  • 1 spray(s) cooking spray
  • 4 cup(s) long grain cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup(s) fat free salsa
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 15 oz canned refried beans
  • 10 oz frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 4 oz canned green chili peppers, mild, diced
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 10 oz chopped frozen spinach, or collard greens, thawed and set to drain in a strainer over a bowl
  • 3/4 cup(s) Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Mexican style blend shredded cheese, divided
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, fresh, chopped (optional; for garnish)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Coat a 2-quart rectangular, round or oval baking dish with cooking spray

In a large bowl, combine rice, salsa and cumin. Spoon 2 cups of rice mixture into prepared baking dish and spread out to evenly cover bottom of dish.

In another large bowl, combine refried beans, corn, chili peppers and chili power. Using a rubber spatula, scrape bean mixture on top of rice layer and smooth out top.

Squeeze out any excess water from spinach or collard greens and then spread on top of bean layer; sprinkle with 6 Tbsp cheese. Top with remaining rice mixture and smooth out top; sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Place casserole on a large rimmed baking sheet to catch any spillage. Bake until heated through and cheese is browned and bubbling, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro (if desired), cut into 6 pieces and serve.

Serving size: 1 piece”

 

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This casserole is seriously delicious. The cumin and salsa taste really yummy with the rice, and the beans and corn added a nice creamy/crunchy texture. I will DEFINITELY be making this again and will continue to be in my weekly meal rotation!

We had a wonderful Cinco de Mayo together as a family. We went to a friend’s party and I had to avoid a plethora of delicious foods. However, I still managed to snack a good bit and stick to my point restrictions. I’m really proud of myself for being able to do that. It was HARD with all that bread and cheese laying around. Not to mention….MARGARITAS!!!

But even without margaritas, it was a good day. 😛

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I’ll be updating you soon about other Weight Watchers meals i’m making and how we like them! Thanks for reading and for coming along on my weight loss journey! My stomach is definitely starting to feel a lot tighter so that’s a great sign!

I weigh in on Wednesday and I’ll let you know how that goes too!

Lots of love!

Ellen 🙂

 

 

 

 

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