Even though it was around 85 yesterday and stinkn’ muggy out, I really wanted a “comfort” dish for dinner…..well, what better than a casserole! So I used Quinoa as my base for this casserole – It really adds lightness to dishes. I tossed together a simple Arugula Salad that just had olive oil and fig balsamic vinegar in it-so amazingly good! Then I paired it with some nice cold Pinot Grigio with Lemon Verbena leaves in it that I plucked from my garden. Fantastic comfort dinner for summer!
Even though I didn’t aim to do so…..this is a really good “figure friendly” dish to make. There’s none of the ingredients that you normally would find in a casserole like canned cream-of-mushroom or chicken, mayo, sour cream, etc…So incorporate this dish in with your weekly meals and suffer no guilt!
casserole…not just for winter. try my light summer version! Recipe
By July 3, 2012Published:
- Prep: 20 min mins
- Cook: 30 min mins
- Ready In: 50 mins
This comforting casserole is so light, tasty, and super figure friendly! There's no cream-of-mushroom or mayo or sour cream in this dish! Just 3 simple ingredients- Quinoa, Broccoli, Cheddar Cheese!
- 1 1/2 Cups Quinoa
- 3 Cups water
- 1 head broccoli steams and head chopped in bite sized pieces
- 1 block sharp cheddar cheese grated
- 1/2 block sharp cheddar cheese *this is extra for on top of casserole-grated
- 2 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
- 1 1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp sea salt *taste to add more if like
- 1 Tbsp pepper
- tomatoes use whatever is in season and chop up & serve on top
- 3 stalks green onions thinly slice and serve on top of casserole
- arugula toss in whatever olive oil and balsamic vinegar of your prefrence-s&p
- bring Quinoa and water to a boil then cover and simmer. TIP to cooking quinoa- LET IT BE! Don't keep stirring it, just let it do it's thing.
- chop up broccoli & tomatoes. grate block of cheddar cheese.
- boil water on stove for the broccoli-let broccoli boil for 10 min. Drain.
- mix EVERYTHING in casserole dish: quinoa, cooked broccoli, cheese, tarragon, dijon mustard, s+p. Grate 1/2 block of cheddar cheese on top.
- TIP: i use Tarragon in anything that has broccoli in it, especially cream of broccoli soup! It really elevates the flavors. I also use it in any omelet I make (i learned that little secret from one of my favorite restaurants!)
- put into oven at 400 degrees - for 30 min until cheese is completely melted on top
- my Pampered Chef casserole dish i love! thanks dad & leanne!!!
- wash your arugula-dry-and just toss in some olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, s+p. I usually use balsamic glaze, but I also have this fantastic fig flavored balsamic that really adds a sweetness. belive me, you'll enjoy any salad with just flavored oils and vinegars!!
- serve casserole topped with fresh, in-season tomatoes, chopped green onions and your salad.
- eat with no guilt