baked cheezy quinoa casserole

Happy Monday folks!

Michelle and I are excited to get back into a true routine! Who is with us? Who is ready to stop with the excuses, stop worrying, stop comparing to others, and just do what needs to be done and do it!

once I get all my work done for the day, I am left with one question….

healthy dinner casserole

haha, who else is in charge of making dinner in their house?

last week I wanted to make Gary something different for dinner. so I grabbed a bag of quinoa (one ingredient I always on my shelf for quick dinners for Gary) and went digging through the fridge to see want other food I had on hand.

I wanted a dinner that was easy to make, healthy, and made a lot for leftovers.

I looked over all the different spreads and sauces we have shared here on the blog. boy have Michelle and I made a lot. I went back and forth on want one to make, but luckily based upon the ingredients I had on hand I was able to pick one. plus Gary loves peppers so I made our original non-dairy cheezy pepper sauce with minor changes.

quick healthy casserole

a healthy dinner casserole made from wholesome ingredients that everyone in the family would love!

healthy quick dinner casserole

quinoa casserole naturally gluten free

ummm cheezy…could eat this as is, but baking this casserole adds a little more flavor and crunch!

quinoa casserole pre-bake

a healthy gluten free casserole

 

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dinner casserole

pure2raw recipe: baked cheezy quinoa casserole (not raw, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, soy free)

prep time: 15 -20 minutes

baked time: 30 minutes, oven preheated to 325

serves: varies, but bakes in a 3 quart 9×13 glass baking dish

ingredients:

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups chopped raw yellow squash
  • 2 cups steamed cauliflower
  • 2 handfuls arugula (or spinach)

directions to make quinoa:

to cook quinoa bring 4 cups water to a boil. then add in 2 cups dry quinoa and bring back to boil. reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, or till water is gone.

non dairy cheese sauce

non-dairy cheezy pepper sauce

ingredients: (raw, dairy free, gluten free, vegan, soy free)

  • 1 orange pepper
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary

directions for sauce:

place all ingredients into blender and blend till smooth. adjust seasonings to taste.

directions for quinoa casserole:

once quinoa is done and sauce is made grab a large bowl and pour your cooked quiona into bowl followed by cheez sauce. next add in your vegetables. can use any vegetables. once you have everything all mixed around pour into 3 quart (9×13) glass pan. place in preheated oven of 325 and bake for 30 minutes. or till quinoa casserole is golden brown.

enjoy!

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easy casserole meal

there you have it! an easy, healthy dinner casserole made from quinoa and veggies!

quick healthy gluten free casserole

just love how quick and easy casseroles are for creating nice healthy dinner meals. plus I love giving Gary quinoa as it is complete protein and naturally gluten free (I try to rotate gluten free foods into his diet). and casseroles are an easy way to eat more veggies!

I added in arugula because I love the spicy pepper flavor it provides! any dark leafy green would be a great substitution.

quick healthy dinner casserole

other quick healthy dinner meals that I love to make Gary are:

lentil squash piequinoa pie, veggie quinoa pieartichoke tahini pizza, leek zucchini pasta, socca sandwich stack

Twins Question: What is your favorite casserole to make? Do you like making casseroles?

hope I have inspired you to try out some healthy and quick dinner meals for you and your loved ones.

till next time,

xoxo

Lori

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50 Responses to baked cheezy quinoa casserole

  1. Oh my gosh this looks amazing! And I love that it’s wheat-free and vegan too so my stomach would approve :D
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  2. That looks AMAZING. Yes.Please.
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  3. Yummy! I totally want to try this with broccoli. I’ve been seriously craving some kind of cheesy broccoli concoction, maybe with rice, but quinoa sounds way better!
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  4. This looks incredible!! This honestly looks so delicious and so healthy! What a great idea, thanks for sharing!
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  5. Lisa says:

    Wow–this looks great!

    I don’t make many casseroles, but I do lean toward roasted veggie based ones. Quinoa is a fave in my house!
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  6. this looks so so good! I love making big casseroles with lots of leftovers. My favorite is doing a mock shepherds pie with a veggie stew and sweet potato topping :-) perfect comfort food.
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  7. Rebecca says:

    Souds and looks amazing!
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  8. Kris says:

    I swear our pantries must look identical – I love how often you use tahini! it is a favorite flavor here, too.

    I am not a big casserole person – I have no idea why – I just never think to make them. the closest thing to casserole to me is a lasagna or enchiladas! this sounds amazing, though, so I need to make it!
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  9. Looks totally comforting. I don’t make many casseroles because I’m just cooking for myself and would tend to get sick of a dish if I had that much on hand for a whole week.

  10. I made a casserole kind of like this a while back, and I LOVED it!!! Who knew that quinoa lended itself so well to casseroles?! Y’all’s looks great!
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  11. Mmmmm this looks delicious! I love the cheezy flavors added, but without the actual cheese! Thanks for sharing, I’d take a big bowl right now :)
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  12. Lee says:

    Great recipe and looks tasty and satisfying and easy on my temperamental stomach. thanks :)

  13. Erica says:

    Perfect!!! Sounds totally yummy. I havent made quinoa in a while, i need to pick up a bag. I want that sauce
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  14. this will be dinner tomorrow! thank you it looks fabulous!
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  15. We love quinoa big time! Such a healthy and tasty grain. I make all different kinds of quinoa casseroles, but never tried arugula in it. Sounds like a great idea!

  16. Holy moly. WOWIE! This looks like a meal made from heaven.
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  17. Julie says:

    I totally pinned this! I just learned about arugula and I’ve been dying to use squash in a dish AND I’m always told to try quinoa sooo you sold me! 3 for 3.
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  18. Julia says:

    This looks amazing! I have to try it! Thanks for sharing! I just had a quinoa concotion with lentils chard and cauliflower. I’ll have to try your awesome sounding sauce!

  19. WANT. that looks so good!
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  20. Kelsey says:

    this looks so tasty!! esp. the sauce mmmmm
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  21. I was never huge with casseroles, but boy do they come in handy now! I made enchiladas last week and the boys (and I) went crazy over them! This is definitely going on my list to make this week! That casserole looks amazing!!!
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  22. This looks amazing, girls!!!

    I NEVER make casseroles but swear I was just thinking I need to come up with some things to bring to amily gatherings…my family always just makes me roasted veggies, but nothing with a protein. This high protein grain and the noosh are great…and turmeric is SO good for you!

    Thank you! Pinning!!!
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  23. Alisa says:

    That looks amazing ladies!
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  24. That looks absolutely amazing!!!! I’ve been looking for some new ways to eat quinoa! Perfect!
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  25. Sara says:

    This looks super tasty and I can’t wait to make it. But an curious what kind of yellow squash you use in the sauce. Is that a yellow zucchini? Thanks for the great recipe!!

  26. Ela says:

    What a lovely recipe! I don’t make casseroles often because it makes so much food and we’re really two people with opposite diets, but I love the idea. Arugula and cauli with the quinoa and sauce sounds like a beautiful combo, as well as delicious.
    love
    Ela
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  27. That looks great! I love using quinoa!
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  28. Meagan says:

    That looks good! I’d totally make it if I ate grains. The sauce is a good idea, definitely! Sounds super easy too :) Also I really like your bowls in the last few shots… where did you purchase them?
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  29. LizAshlee says:

    I love quinoa!! This looks simple and delicious…of course healthy! Just my kinda meal! Thanks for sharing!!!
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  30. WOW this looks incredible! I adore quinoa with nutritional yeast so I know I would LOVE this casserole! Plus I love having leftovers … it’s a win-win! Making this soon!!! :)
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  31. hihorosie says:

    Ooh, yummy! Looks so good and I bet tasty. Hmm, thinking YS2 would love some. :)
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  32. Maaike says:

    I made this last night but with rice – it was great! The sauce by itself was so yummy – the sweet peppers just make it so fresh and tasty. Who knew you could make a sauce/dressing by blending sweet peppers and squash?! I get to have leftovers for lunch too – lucky me:> Thanks for the recipe girls!

  33. Made the sauce tonight minus the tahini, plus a TBSP ACV, garlic powder and onion powder. It was so good over roasted vegetables and scrambled egg whites!
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  34. Owen Sliva says:

    thank you this is great share for me
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  35. elle potter says:

    YUM! It’s in the oven as we speak (: I substituted asparagus for the squash… cannot wait to eat this, I’ve been wanting to make it since January and forgot about it. Thanks ladies!
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  36. chris says:

    Is this “cheese” sauce like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese? If not, do you have any ideas on how to make it this way? I am trying to make a cheddar sauce like that without cashews. Perhaps tahini, hemp seeds, or chia seeds might work. Any ideas?

    • Chris honestly this is nothing like Kraft. When you use real food it taste a little different than stuff you get in the store. Sorry. But yes tahini or hemp seeds would be fine, maybe a combination of both. Chia seeds would not work. Sunflower seeds are another option you could use.

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