Cheesy Quinoa Bake

If you haven’t tried cooking with quinoa yet you should definitely give it a try. Quinoa (pronounced keenwa) is an ancient grain that’s high in protein and nutrients and can be used as a substitute for rice in most dishes. It also makes a great dessert or breakfast. The following recipe is a yummy meatless dinner made by baking quinoa with cheese, beans and veggies.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 tsp cumin
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups quinoa, rinsed and draned
1 can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Add olive oil to a large non-stick frying pan over mdium heat. Add celery, carrots and onion, stirring for 3-4 minutes. Add mushrooms and cumin, cook until veggies are tender. Stir in broth, quinoa, beans, 1 cup of cheddar. Place in a greased casserole dish. Cover and bake for 45 minutes at 350F. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, until liquid is completely absorbed and cheese has melted.

I’m not gonna lie, my kids didn’t like this meal one bit! Even Bennett, who will usually eat anything, ended up tossing most of this on the floor. I don’t understand it because it tasted great to me! I think they’re just not used to it yet. Maybe they’d like quinoa better in dessert form, I’ll give that a try next time.

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Welcome! I’m Megan.

My kids like to whine, especially when it comes to the food they eat, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to make tasty and healthy meals for them. Follow along as I share family-friendly recipes and reviews from my picky family members, who I lovingly call “The Whine Critics.” Read More…

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