Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

I love a side dish that is both cheesy and healthy, and this one is it. This broccoli quinoa casserole is packed with nutrition, but also has a just-rich-enough texture to it with white cheddar cheese, and the garlicky crunch of panko crumbs on top completes the perfect bite. It would pair beautifully with grilled chicken, but we ate it alongside sauteed seasoned shrimp for an easy weeknight dinner. It also tastes amazing as leftovers. I enjoyed it for my lunch the next two days.

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

 

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

 

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

The recipe follows below. Let me know if you decide to give it a try!

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
6 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Put the vegetable broth in a small or medium pot on medium-high heat. While waiting for it to boil, wash and chop broccoli into small, bite-sized pieces. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, place broccoli on it, and toss with about 3 tbsp olive oil. Place in oven and roast for 20-22 minutes.
  3. Once broth is boiling, add quinoa and reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer uncovered for 15-16 minutes or according to quinoa package instructions.
  4. With broccoli and quinoa cooking on their own now, add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to a small sauce pan over medium heat. Mince the garlic clove into the pan. Once garlic cooks for about 30 seconds, add the panko crumbs and stir to coat. Stir every minute or so until panko turns a light brown, then remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Once broccoli is finished (should have crispy brown bits on various pieces), remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  6. When quinoa has fully cooked and absorbed all of its liquid, add pepper and stir, then add all but 3/4 cup of the cheese (reserve for topping) a little at a time and stir.
  7. Once cheese has melted into the quinoa, add the milk and stir to combine. Then add the broccoli florets and stir gently to combine. Pour mixture into an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish and level it out. Top with remaining cheese, then top with panko crumbs. Bake in the oven at 350 for 25 minutes.
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