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Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole

 

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Guys, this is seriously my very favorite way to enjoy quinoa.  I’ve never been a huge fan of casseroles but one bite of this heavenly cheesy concoction swept that bias away for good.  A classic pairing for this in my house is a cedar plank salmon with its softly smoky undertones really jazzing it up as a fuller meal with the butteriness of the salmon matching nicely with the gobs of oozing cheese.  However, I’ve been known to enjoy a gigantic slab of this casserole on its own without needing anything else.  The quinoa lends a heartiness to the dish while the broccoli provides a punch of green with its crunchy vibrant texture and of course, the cheese just makes everything extra delicious while tying it altogether.  Try it with supper tonight.  You’ll thank me later.

 

 

 

 

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Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole
 
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Serves: 5 x 7 Casserole
Ingredients
  • ½ c dried quinoa {cooked to a 2:1 ratio}
  • 1 tb unsalted butter
  • 1 tb unbleached flour
  • 1 c warm whole milk
  • 1 c freshly shredded cheese {I used an aged cheddar} with some reserved for topping
  • 1 c chopped broccoli
Instructions
  1. First, rinse and drain the quinoa to wash away the bitter outer shell. You can either cook it on the stovetop or in a rice cooker. For ½ cup of quinoa, I used 1 c chicken stock.
  2. In a pan, melt the butter, low and slow.
  3. Whisk in the flour for 1-2 minutes to draw out the raw flour taste and slowly pour in the milk {you can also use stock}. Bump up the heat to medium and whisk constantly to prevent lumps. As it cooks, it will thicken.
  4. Stir in the cheese and broccoli.
  5. Transfer to a casserole dish, cover with more cheese then foil, and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

I enjoy this brand of quinoa:http://amzn.to/1wfc3HB

Love,

Your Squishy Monster

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