Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa

Quinoa is quickly becoming one of my favorite ingredients to use in my cooking. It's full of protein and can be used in a variety of dishes. I've made muffins and chili with it. How is that for variety?

This recipes takes the classic cheesy broccoli rice casserole and offers the modern twist of quinoa instead of rice. I think I like it even better than rice!

Here's what you need:

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup chopped cooked broccoli
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teas seasoning salt
1/2 teas garlic powder
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

In a saucepan, combine the quinoa and broth. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Mix the cooked quinoa with the broccoli, 1 cup of cheese, milk, egg, seasoning salt and garlic powder.

Transfer to a greased 8x8 dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese then the panko crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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