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Cheesy Quinoa Casserole

Posted Sep 01 2010 9:32am

It’s September, isn’t it?

I saw the leaves start turning colours, I felt a coolness to the air…but I didn’t want to admit that it’s almost Fall! However, I’m comforted by the fact that it isn’t TRULY Fall until the September Equinox on September 22nd…. And I guess pumpkin doesn’t sound so bad either.

I was on dinner duty once again last night. My mom requested a salad, something with quinoa and a veggie. I tend to make quinoa one of two ways. 1) My Lemony Quinoa or 2) My Quinoa with Veggies . However, once I got my quinoa cookbook , I discovered there is a whole WORLD of quinoa that I’ve been missing out on!!!

So I decided to shake things up last night and make a Quinoa Casserole. I modified the original recipe a bit, so here is my adaptation!

First I cooked some onions, garlic and veggies in olive oil and then tossed in 1 cup of quinoa in a saucepan    091010 001
Then I added in 2 cups of of liquid (you could use water or veggie stock) and cooked until the liquid was almost gone.
Then I stirred in 1/2 a cup of unsweetened almond milk (you could use any type of milk you like) and 1 egg (or one egg replacer) to bind everything.
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At this point I could have added in ricotta cheese and/or sour cream or Greek yogurt.

However, I just stuck with a huge pile of shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack!

Oh. Baby.
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I mixed it all together, added in some S+P and baked it at 350 for 30 minutes.  

And TA DA!
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It was good, however, I can see why stronger flavors like sour cream were supposed to be included because it was definitely mild tasting. I would recommend adding in some cheese with BOLDER flavours like old cheddar, goat cheese, parmesan or any strong flavoured cheese.

Cheesy Quinoa ;)
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This is something you could have for breakfast, lunch or dinner – because of the egg it is almost reminiscent of a frittata.

On the side I made something I haven’t had in a while – Spaghetti Squash! 
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It is so much fun to eat!!!

I made it simply with a bit of earth balance, S+P and herbs.
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But I would TOTALLY eat is as regular spaghetti, with tomato sauce! Such a great alternative to pasta :D

The salad was green leaf lettuce, tomatoes and HEARTS OF PALM!  HOP’s are so yummy. They are my favourite in salads.
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Especially with strawberries and toasted pecans. However, I didn’t have strawbs on hand, but I did manage to make some delicious pecans to go on top.

Agave sweetened, toasted pecans.
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If I want to make a big batch, I’ll use my oven roasting method . But for these it was just Pecans, Agave, saucepan, heat, DONE.

Dinner = Success!


My last run went well, like I said and I’m planning another one for this afternoon. However, I am still experiences a bit of hip pain after my runs. (I injured my hip while training for a half marathon this year). I think I need to invest in a foam roller for myself. Do any of you have one? Any recommendations? Any places you know of to get one (even online)?  I may just hit up a sports/exercise store here and see if they have one. But if there are any you would recommend or any good places to get one, let me know!


It’s a new month and almost a new season, so what are your goals for September and the new season?

My goals for the new season are

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