Infamous Broccoli-Qunioa Casserole

Every year for my hockey banquet, we have to bring a dish and this year I signed up for a main dish. Not knowing what to bring, I brought something obscure in hopes that my teammates would try something new, rather than another form of mac and cheese. Turns out, I have a very willing team who tried out my weird dish and loved it! One girl even begged for me to bring it to another school holiday potluck, needless to say, this dish is a real hit!

Broccoli-Qunioa Casserole (serves 8)

Ingredients:

  • One 10 oz can condensed Cream of Broccoli soup (or mushroom), low-sodium if you prefer
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/4 cups reduced fat shredded cheese (cheddar, colby-jack, etc)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Splenda/sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Dash freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli
  • 1 1/2 cups  cooked quinoa (see note)
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

To cook quinoa:

  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear.  In a small saucepan combine the quinoa, water, and salt.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to low and cover.  Cook for 18-20 minutes, or until fluffy and the white ring/tail is visible.  Fluff with a fork. Alternatively use a rice cooker and set it to cook like white rice, this is my preferred method.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a shallow (8×8 in or 5-6 cups) casserole dish – or individual ramekins – with vegetable cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine the soup, mayonnaise, milk, shredded cheese, Splenda, pepper, and nutmeg until well mixed. Stir in the quinoa and broccoli.

Spoon mixture into prepared casserole.  Sprinkle on a couple tablespoons of Parmesan and bake for 35-40 minutes (20-25 minutes for ramekins) or until bubbly on the edges and golden.  Makes 8 generous 1/2-cup servings.

Per Serving: Calories 199,  Protein 10 g; Fat 9 g; net Carbs 14 g; Fiber 2 g; Sugar 1 g; Sodium 297 mg

Recipe Source                    not my picture, but this is what it looks like!

Super yummy and very easy to make, could even have kids stir all the ingredients together to help.

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