Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

3 Jan

broccoli quinoa casserole recipeBeing vegetarian, I am forever on the hunt for meat-free alternatives to bring to potlucks and holiday gatherings. In response to the general lack of protein-rich dishes at most holiday tables in mixed company (not pointing any fingers), I wanted to create a dish this year that would “fill the void”. I’m not sure I was 100% successful in creating something that could substitute as a main dish, but it will definitely fill you up enough to avoid swoops through the cookie table!

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole is a little nostalgia, mixed with one large part comfort food, and lightly topped with a sprinkle of protein-rich nutrition. I used my aunt’s broccoli rice casserole recipe as a starting point, substituting rice for quinoa, and using a variety of other sources to add in some comfort staples like mayonnaise, nutmeg and just a hint of sugar.

Finally, a dish carnivores and herbivores can agree on!

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole Recipe

This will generously feed 14 people; the recipe outlined below fills a 13 x 9 casserole.

broccoli quinoa casserole ingredients

  • 2 10 Ounce Cans Cream of Mushroom (or Broccoli) Soup
    Gluten Free? Not to worry, I’ve got you covered:
    Gluten Free Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 3/4 Cup Mayonnaise (Reduced Fat OK)
  • 4 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • Dash Nutmeg
  • 5 Cups Cooked Broccoli
  • 3 Cups Cooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese

How To Cook Quinoa:

1 1/2 Cups Uncooked Quinoa
3 Cups Water

cooked quinoa tails

Quinoa is Done When Tails Are Visible

  1. Rinse quinoa until water comes through filter clear.
  2. Place quinoa in pan with water.
  3. Bring quinoa and water to boil over high heat.
  4. Once boil has been reached, reduce heat to simmer and cover.
  5. Cook for 15-18 minutes, stir a few times during cooking process to prevent sticking to pan.
  6. Quinoa is done when tail becomes visbile. Take care not to overcook.

How to Make Casserole:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat 13 x 9 casserole with butter or cooking spray.
  2. Combine soup, mayonnaise, milk, cheddar cheese, sugar, pepper and nutmeg in a large bowl until well mixed.
  3. Stir cooked broccoli and quinoa into mixture.
  4. Pour mixture into greased casserole, using spatula to evenly distribute mixture throughout entire casserole.
  5. Cover top of casserole with parmesan cheese. Save some for finished casserole.
  6. Bake uncovered for 45-55 minutes or until casserole is golden brown and bubbling.
  7. Serve with freshly grated parmesan on top and ENJOY!

recipe for broccoli quinoa casserole

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