I decided on Wednesday night I really needed to cook something. I think I have a good problem. 🙂 I planned ahead so I had all my ingredients already, so as soon as I managed to get in a workout I decided to make a Broccoli Quinoa Casserole.
Like most casseroles, this was easy to make. Cook your quinoa. Mix everything in a bowl. Chop up your broccoli if you don’t like big chunks. I could not find cream of broccoli soup at Walmart, Kroger or Target, so I went with cream of chicken. I figured more protein, why not? Looking back something like cream of celery or mushroom probably would have been a better option… I also didn’t use freshly grated parmesan.
The biggest takeaway from this cooking experience is don’t do what I did – don’t make a casserole after working out, seriously. I was tired and it made me very impatient with the whole cooking process. Even though this was an easy dish every little step annoyed me. Ugh you mean I have to cut up the broccoli now? Why do I have to stir all this stuff? Why are there so many stupid ingredients, there’s got to be at least ten. Ugh. I pushed through but would have been happier getting this in the oven earlier in the evening, haha.
Despite a few swapped ingredients, everything worked out, and I think this is possibly the best tasting dish I’ve made so far this year! I don’t know if it is because of the cream of chicken substitute but it the casserole had a much more “tangy” flavor than I expected upon first taste (or perhaps the lite mayo is responsible.) However, after another bite I really liked the bold flavor.
Ease: 3.5/4 – Cooking quinoa can be slightly tricky
Guiltless: 2/4 – Calories were good (four 320 servings) but not the most wholesome ingredients
Leftovers: 4/4 – These reheated perfectly!