PREP TIME: 40 mins | COOK TIME: 15 mins | TOTAL TIME: 55 mins | SERVINGS: 10
Healthy, super cheesy, and the best casserole packed with fresh broccoli florets and protein-packed quinoa in a simple homemade sauce.
2 tbsp butter
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 c. water or low sodium broth – for cooking quinoa
4 c. fresh broccoli florets
1 c. uncooked quinoa – I prefer Ancient Harvest
1 1/2 c. chopped yellow onion
2 tbsp oat flour – or use all-purpose
8 ounces block of good quality cheddar cheese, divided
1 c. milk – I used unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground pepper
How to make Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
Step 1: Using a non-stick spray, lightly grease a casserole dish (in this recipe, I used an 8 x 8-inch square dish). Set aside.
Step 2: Following the package directions, prepare the quinoa using broth or water. You should have about 3 cups of cooked, fluffy quinoa. In a large mixing bowl, Place the cooked quinoa.
Step 3: In the meantime, steam the broccoli for about 5 to 6 minutes until crisp tender, and bright green.
Step 4: Using a food processor with the shredding attachment, shred the cheese. You can also do this with a handheld grater.
Step 5: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 350 degrees F.
Step 6: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on medium heat. Once melted, add the onion and garlic. Saute for about 7 minutes until tender and aromatic. Place the milk, flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl or measuring cup. Mix well until blended, then pour this into the saucepan. Let the sauce simmer for about 5 minutes while stirring constantly until the sauce has thickened. Take off the heat and add in 2 cups shredded cheddar. Stir well until melted.
Step 7: Over the quinoa and broccoli, pour the cheese sauce. Mix well, then pour everything into the prepared baking dish. On top, sprinkle the rest of the shredded cheese.
Step 8: Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the casserole is completely heated and the cheese has melted.
Step 9: Serve the Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole immediately. Enjoy!
Calories: 207 kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 523mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g
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