Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sweet Potato Quinoa Casserole


Thanksgiving is coming up and I have the perfect side dish for you!  This sweet potato quinoa casserole is packed full of cauliflower, minced garlic, roasted sweet potatoes, spinach, and 3 kinds of cheese, guaranteeing it to win the hearts of anyone who tries it.


The star ingredient in this recipe is Honeyville organic quinoa (pronounced keen-wa). Quinoa is one nutritious and versatile little seed.  It's so easy to add to recipes and packs a delicious nutty flavor.  From muffins and salads, to breakfast porridge, and every type of main dish in-between quinoa adds a healthy and filling flare
Benefits of quinoa include:
  • It's a complete protein meaning it has all 9 essential amino acids.
  • Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains.
  • It's rich in important minerals like iron and magnesium.
  • It contains a lot of antioxidants such as manganese and flavonoids. 
  • Quinoa is gluten-free.
Did I mention that quinoa cooks in only 15 minutes?  Not only that, but it lasts a full week in the fridge.  It's the perfect ingredient to add to your weeknight dinner menu or toss in your lunch. 


If you’re looking for canned cream of something soup, look no further than a casserole. Simply because that is the nature of casseroles. The beauty of this one is that all the saturated fats and food colorings are left out by substituting the canned soup for nonfat Greek yogurt, while preserving the perfect mild, creamy texture casseroles are loved for. 
Creamy creamy, yum yum. Nothing from a can. Everyone is happy! 



Casseroles are definitely a great way to feed your gluten free family and friends without missing out on any flavor, and this Sweet Potato Quinoa Casserole Recipe is sure to pass all expectations! Bottom line: if you’re looking for a healthy comfort food casserole made from scratch (no cream of anything soup), this baked goodness recipe is just for you!







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Sweet Potato Quinoa Casserole | Gluten Free
This sweet potato quinoa casserole is packed full of cauliflower, minced garlic, roasted sweet potatoes, spinach, and 3 kinds of cheese, guaranteeing it to win the hearts of anyone who tries it.
Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cups Honeyville organic quinoa (found here)
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cups sweet potato, diced
  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup spinach
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees2. Dice sweet potato and combine with cauliflower in a small bowl. Toss with ⅛ cup olive oil, ¼ teaspoon garlic salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, and ¼ teaspoon onion powder3. Spread sweet potatoes and cauliflower out into one layer on a baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with grated parmesan cheese4. Roast at 425 for 15 minutes, then stir5. Roast an additional 10-15 minutes, until fork tender6. In the meantime, cook quinoa according to package instructions7. In a skillet, sauté mushrooms, onion, and garlic with 1 Tbsp of olive oil8. Cook on medium high for around 10 minutes, or until mushrooms emit their liquid and start to cook down9. Strip the stems from mature spinach, and measure it by packing the leaves tightly into a measuring cup. Add spinach and cover with a lid until spinach beginning to wilt10. In a large mixing bowl, combine mushroom mixture, quinoa, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, and parmesan cheese11. Add salt to taste (I added 1 teaspoon of salt)12. Transfer mixture to a 13 X 9 casserole dish13. Top with mozzarella cheese14. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown

Yield: 4-5 Servings as a Main Dish, 8-9 Servings as a Side


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Hi, I’m Marisa Christensen! A certified personal trainer and soon-to-be Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). I’m a lover of health, wellness, travel, and happiness sharing my tips and tricks for a balanced lifestyle, and affordable travels. I provide nutrition and fitness services while inspiring you to eat happy, and live fully.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

what do you do with the spinach?