About a year ago I was introduced to Quinoa. And I didn't really love it. It was served plain with no seasonings... or anything. I decided to give it another try and I loved it! I made this Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole and Quinoa Chili. Both are amazing!!!!
1 1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked
2 crowns of broccoli, cut into small florets
2 Tablespoons of butter
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 cups skim milk
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp spicy brown mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a medium sauce pan, cook the quinoa in water according to package directions and then set aside.
In a pot, add some water and bring to a boil. Place the broccoli with the pot and cover for about 4 minutes.
When done cooking rinse with cold water.
Return the drained broccoli to the large pot and add the quinoa.
In a saute pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour, onion, garlic, mustard, cayenne, a generous pinch of salt and black pepper.
Let cook 1-2 minutes and then slowly add the milk, whisking until the sauce is smooth.
Let the sauce simmer, reducing the heat if necessary, about 5 minutes until thickened and bubbling.
Remove from heat, whisk in the cheddar a handful at a time until completely melted.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Pour sauce over broccoli-quinoa mixture and toss to mix. Make sure all the quinoa is mixed well.
Transfer mixture to a casserole dish and bake 35-30 minutes, until the top is nicely browned.
Adapted from Confessions of a foodie bride
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