Cheesy Quinoa and Spinach Bake

I have a movie recommendation for you guys. A few days ago, Drew and I were very bored so he suggested we watch the movie Oscar. I had never heard of it before; he said it was a older family comedy starring Sylvester Stallone. I was a little surprised by this suggestion – Drew is a bit of a movie connoisseur and will rarely watch things with under an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. But we watched it and I thought it was hilarious! Crazy characters and snippets of witty dialogue abound.

On another note, when I was growing up, my mom would sometimes make a variant of this casserole with couscous and pine nuts instead of quinoa and almonds. I absolutely loved it. I know I ate 2-3 helpings every time she would make it (and would scarf down some toasted ciabatta bread along with it). I think it’s definitely the kind of meatless dinner that even a meat-lover would find tasty and satisfying. Quinoa mixed with tomatoes and spinach, held together with delicious melty muenster cheese? Yum. I added in the pesto because I thought it was a simple way to add more flavor to the quinoa, but it know it is good without it as well if you don’t have any on hand. With or without pesto, I think you’ll enjoy this.

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Cheesy Quinoa and Spinach Bake
 
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Cheesy Quinoa and Spinach Bake is an easy vegetarian meal that even the meat-eaters in your life will love!
Serves: Serves 4-6
Ingredients
  • • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • • 3 tablespoons pesto
  • • ⅓ cup slivered almonds
  • • 3 cups spinach
  • • 1 cup grated muenster cheese
Instructions
  1. Pour the vegetable broth or water in a medium pot. Add the quinoa and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, place lid on pot, and cook for 20-25 minutes or until done. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375º.
  3. Drain the diced tomatoes. Add diced tomatoes, minced garlic, pesto, slivered almonds, and spinach to the quinoa, mixing well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spread half of the quinoa mixture in a greased shallow casserole dish. Sprinkle half of the grated muenster evenly, then top with remaining quinoa mixture. Sprinkle the remaining muenster on top of the casserole.
  5. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes.

Adapted from food

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