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


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


  • 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.


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,




  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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!

  4. says

    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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  5. 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!!

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

    • says

      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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