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….
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.
a healthy dinner casserole made from wholesome ingredients that everyone in the family would love!
ummm cheezy…could eat this as is, but baking this casserole adds a little more flavor and crunch!
quinoa casserole pre-bake
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 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.
there you have it! an easy, healthy dinner casserole made from quinoa and veggies!
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.
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.