Let's start with some clues:
- Comfort food
- Potluck staple
- It contains broccoli
Have you guessed it? Possibly not, those clues weren't the best. Last night's recipe was a revamped, healthier version of Broccoli Rice Casserole. Instead of rice, you use quinoa. You also use less and lower fat options to recreate this casserole staple. The recipe link below even provides a gluten free option for those who need it.
If you are skeptical, it's ok, but I promise...it's awesome! It's very creamy, and that's all a good casserole really needs at the end of the day.
The only thing that I changed from the recipe is that I added some chicken. If you eat this as a side dish, it's fine, but if you want to make it a one pot meal, it needs more texture. I sauteed 2/3 lb. of chicken in olive oil with some salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. Once cooked, I cut them into bite size pieces. I then added it in when you combine the quinoa, broccoli and such.
To create this meal, you cook the quinoa, broccoli, and chicken (if using) and combine it with all of the other ingredients. What's great is that you can then store the casserole in the fridge and wait to heat it up. I made this a day in advance and just popped it in the oven for 40 minutes at 350 degrees when we were ready to enjoy it. For those of you that prepare your meals for the week early, this may be perfect for you! Enjoy!!