A casserole is an awesome prep-ahead meal. You can make a giant dish and eat it all week. I just love that! Plus, it’s prime for sharing! and sharing is caring, you know that!
Cozy Quinoa Casserole
1 large onion, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 -6 cremini mushrooms or 5 -6 white mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1/2 cup acorn squash, sliced (I used acorn squash AND butternut squash)
1 lb ground turkey or 1 lb veggie crumbles
1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
6 ounces reduced-fat monterey jack cheese, shredded (I used fat-free cheddar)
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a skillet, sauté onion in olive oil on medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until translucent.
Add mushrooms, squash, and garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add turkey (or veggie meat substitute), breaking into small pieces as it browns, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Add poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, stock, and quinoa and bring to a boil. Reduce heat , cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Transfer ingredients from pan into a 9-by-9 casserole dish or baking pan.
Mix in parsley and 3 oz. cheese.
Sprinkle remaining 3 oz. cheese on top of casserole.
Bake in oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
I had read in the reviews that it comes out a bit bland, so I doubled the garlic and onions, added hot red pepper flakes. That was a good decision, however it still came out a bit bland.
Overall though, I loved this casserole. It was super easy to make, made very little mess (yay for 1 pan, 1 dish)
Ok, maybe it’s not a beauty queen. But I promise, it’s better than it looks. I think this is a really good base, so feel free to experiment with adding more flavors. Consider additional add-ins like spinach, eggplant, or any other veggie, really!
The very best part of this casserole?
Only 320 calories for a HUGE portion!
Does anybody have any low-cal casserole recipes to share?