Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Cauliflower and Quinoa Casserole

Cauliflower and Quinoa Casserole
Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to new beginnings and the promise of good things to come. For me a fresh start is rejuvenating, almost like a computer reboot. This year started off with a bout of pink eye and the flu bug, but I’m now upright and ready to go. A few years ago I stopped making resolutions and replaced them with a single word. Gratitude is the word of 2018. I know it’s vague but if I keep reminding myself, I feel my outlook and actions will stay on track.

Sunrise Trail
Christmas Eve, the day before I got sick we hiked the Sunrise Trail in Scottsdale. It was fun to see so many people out and about. The desert is very dry right now, rain is needed.

Cauliflower and Tri-Color Quinoa Casserole

What can I say about cauliflower, it’s delicious and unassuming. Love this tasty little orb. Today’s recipe is about roasting the cauliflower first and combining it with cooked quinoa, a little milk and cheese. It’s that easy! I used tri-color quinoa for the first time and absolutely love how it looks, can’t believe I’ve stuck to the same old brand all these years. This dish is comforting and delicious!

This recipe has been adapted from Cookie and Kate.com.

Yield: 6 to 8

Cauliflower and Quinoa Casserole

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ingredients:


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup tri-color quinoa, rinsed
  • Small cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup panko

instructions:

For Cauliflower
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Place cauliflower in medium sized bowl, top with 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix until florets are lightly coated. Pour onto prepared baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast 20 to 25 minutes, until tender and lightly caramelized.
For Quinoa
  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan, add quinoa. Reduce heat to low and let simmer about 12 to 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit approx. 10 minutes.
To Complete Cauliflower Casserole
  1. Lightly grease 9" x 11" casserole dish
  2. Add cauliflower
  3. Add milk and one half of the cheese to the cooked quinoa, pour into casserole dish on top of cauliflower, mix evenly. Add remaining cheese, then top with panko.
  4. Bake uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Turn oven to broil. 
  5. Broil 2 to 3 minutes until lightly browned. Enjoy!
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Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

37 comments:

  1. Sorry you haven't been feeling well Cheri, that's no way to start the new year! But this quinoa dish lks wonderful, like it's sure to cure anything that ails you! :)

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    1. Thanks Chris, well it certainly gave me a new appreciation for feeling good thats for sure, lol.

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  2. Glad you doing well now, Cheri! Love this dish, it looks delicious and is good and healthy too! Our grandson and his family were here for the New Year and just returned to home in Scottsdale, so far from us, boo hoo! But, they love it there and were happy to leave the zero degree weather here. I hear rain is on the way for you. Thanks for the recipe, it might be just the one to convince everyone to eat quinoa here! Take care and here's wishing you the best of everything in 2018!!!

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    1. Didn't realize you had family here, well we are definitely having a mild winter, had a little rain last night but nothing to write home about. I bet they were freezing at your place. Take care and Happy New Year Pam!

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  3. This was a great and different way to enjoy Cauliflower

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    1. Thanks for putting up with all my cauliflower recipes honey!

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  4. Hey dear..hope you are doing good now..it has been a long time we have not communicate..Wiah you a happy and prosperous new year to you and your family.. I was also detached from social media for few weaks.. as I went to my native place..I am staying in Bangalore,Southern Part of India..and my native is Kolkata,Easten Part of India..now I am going through your all current cauliflower dishes..do you it is my favorite vegetable..loved to read all the posts...all dishes are so healthy along with tasty...

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    1. Hi Moumita, yes I love cauliflower, usually buy at least one head every week at the farmers market. Will definitely check out your site for your cauliflower recipes, I bet they are delicious.

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  5. So sorry to hear that you have been ill. I love cauliflower and quinoa so this is a winner for me. Gratitude has been my word for ages. I've added blessed to that. All the best for an amazing year

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    1. Thats a great word to add Tandy, and yes it's going to be an amazing year, take care!

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  6. Happy New Year to you, Cheri! Sorry that you have been under the weather. The casserole looks very delicious!

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    1. Thanks Angie, it certainly feels great to be standing upright again. Love new beginnings!

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  7. Hi Cheri - Happy New Year! Yes, so much to be grateful for. I feel the same. : )
    Great dish to start the new year with. I want some!

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    1. Thanks Monica, wish I had some of your hazelnut toffee to go with this;)

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  8. Happy New Year! And glad you're feeling better. Gratitude is a great theme for a new year. I'm grateful for this recipe -- LOVE cauliflower. Neat dish -- thanks.

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    1. Lol, thanks John. Yes cauliflower happens to be a favorite of mine too, take care!

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  9. Happy New Year! This casserole looks healthy, hearty, and delicious.

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  10. Not a great way to start the year but I must say, having this casserole dish is a delicious sounding way to start it.

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  11. Cheri:
    Happy New Year to you, too. I am so sorry you were ill at the start of it all but it's great to have you back. This recipe looks awesome! I think I'll make it right now. D

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    1. Thanks Dena, yes it certainly feels great to be among the living. (I can be a little dramatic when under the weather). Take care!

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  12. Two of my favorites in one dish. Well, three if you count cheese :) Glad you're feeling better. It's a bad flu year all around!

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    1. Thanks Liz, it's definitely a bad one, hope I'm though for the year;)

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  13. Gratitude was the same word I chose when a friend ask me for a word. Happy New Year Cheri and I hope you are feeling better . Your casserole looks healthy and delicious.

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde, sounds like great minds think alike!!

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  14. I freeze cauliflower from the garden, and have been looking for something new to try with it (I tend to get in cauliflower ruts!) This would even be husband approved!
    Happy New Year!!

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    1. Hi Kris, for some reason I have not had any luck growing cauliflower and brocooli, good for you! Happy New Year!

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  15. I have to give this lovely dish a try Cheri - it sounds wonderful. I love cauliflower and get stuck in a rut with steaming it all the time. I love it in everything! Glad you are feeling better. I caught the crud from one of my grandchildren - just starting to feel better now. Thank goodness it was after Christmas :) Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Glad you are starting to feel better Tricia, yes it was certainly a tough one, I ate 5 crackers in 4 days and lost 1 pound, lol!!!

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  16. Was just saying to Valentina how much Marc and I love cauliflower. I love that it’s paired here with quinoa, which makes it a full meal! I’ll definitely be trying to soon, Cheri!

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    1. Thanks David, hope you like this as much as we did;)

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  17. a simple but satisfying casserole! glad you're on the mend. :)

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  18. Sounds like a delicious and healthy combo! Hopefully you got the sick days out of the way for the year!

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  19. Great casserole and I’m happy to hear you are on the mend after your illness.

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  20. I'm so happy you posted this recipe! I've wanting to make this since I saw your IG picture. Looks delicious! I'm glad you're feeling better now and I really like your idea for focusing on one word for the new year :)

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