My girlfriend was out-of-town for the week, so I made a giant tray of this Quinoa Casserole. I had it for four lunches, three dinners, and still had enough to share with Sister Kayla and [potential] Brother [in-law] James. Pretty sure buddies Sam and Brad wolfed down an unheated piece after basketball, too.
With a good chef’s knife, chopping broccoli is satisfying to the max.
Doesn’t broccoli look much less threatening when it’s been cooked a bit? It is healthier that way, for sure.
I don’t do well with cheese. Probably a sign that it’s not healthy. Alas, it’s tasty once in a while. And goat cheese brings me the least pain.
Quinoa Casserole before the cook. If I wasn’t re-watching Breaking Bad Season 4 right now, would I have just used “the cook” like that? Could this be the beginning of me over-using “the cook”?
Top Quinoa Casserole Comments:
“Dude, it’s awesome. Makes a shitload, too. Set for the week. It’s amazing this is as healthy as it is.”
Like a tray of lasagna except with quinoa. Makes many meals. Easy to make. Hearty.
- ground turkey - 1 POUND (93% lean)
- quinoa - 1 POUND (about 3 cups uncooked)
- tomato paste - 1 CAN (6oz)
- diced tomatoes - 2 CANS (14.5 oz each)
- extra virgin olive oil
- broccoli - 1 BIG HEART
- zucchini - 2 BIG ONES
- yellow onion - 1 WHOLE
- baby spinach - 1 BAG
- garlic - a FEW cloves (or a bunch of garlic powder)
- salt - a bunch
- pepper - a bunch
- lemon pepper - a bunch
- oregano - little bit
- goat cheese - a BIG SLEEVE (11oz)
- Chop onion (in a blender is easiest)
- Wash & chop broccoli and zucchini
- Wash spinach is it isn’t already (the bagged stuff comes washed)
- Cook quinoa
- Cook ground turkey
- Sautee vegetables (save half the spinach for last step) in extra virgin olive oil
- Mix everything together (except one of the cans of diced tomatoes and half the spinach) in a massive bowl.
- Add more salt, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, extra virgin olive oil to taste.
- Place the mixture in a large, high-walled tray. Spread it like cement. In fact, you can kinda make a ‘curb’ along the border.
- Add can of diced tomatoes and the rest of the spinach on the top.
- Drizzle extra virgin oil across top.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees (so the top gets brown and crispy!).
- Enjoy with ten friends (or by yourself for a week).