Cheesy Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole with Kale

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Cheesy Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole with Kale

Healthy food meets comfort food in my Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with kale!

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with kale - "healthy" comfort food! / Running in a Skirt

Happy almost end of January!

I’ve really been feeling comfort food this month.  Food that makes you feel good when the weather is a little shady…. like 14 inches of snow shady…

Food that feels indulgent….

Cheesy casserole-y goodness.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with kale - "healthy" comfort food! / Running in a Skirt

This Cheesy Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole tastes reminiscent of a classic rice and broccoli casserole… the one with the yucky can of soup.

But my version uses healthy quinoa and packs a nutritional punch with some extra kale.

So, yes it’s still cheesy goodness… but with a healthy Running in a Skirt twist.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with kale - "healthy" comfort food! / Running in a Skirt

I like to serve this as a side dish OR a vegetarian main course.  The quinoa makes sure it is balanced with enough protein.

And it has just enough cheese to get all the flavor, without going crazy.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with kale - "healthy" comfort food! / Running in a Skirt

It’s also a great dish for winter because it uses vegetables that are readily available year-round!  I buy a bag of the already chopped up broccoli florets to save time.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with kale - "healthy" comfort food! / Running in a Skirt

This is simply healthy comfort food at it’s best! Enjoy!

Cheesy Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole with Kale
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Healthy food meets comfort food in my Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with kale!
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth divided
  • 12 ounce bag broccoli florets about a 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 packed cups chopped kale
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese divided
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa in 2 cups of vegetable broth according to package instructions subbing the broth for water.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Coat a 9x9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  4. Steam broccoli in microwave for 2 minutes.
  5. Saute the onion in the olive oil over medium heat until soft and starting to brown. Season with a pinch of the salt and pepper.
  6. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  7. Add the kale and last 1/2 cup of broth. Add another pinch of salt and pepper.
  8. Allow the kale to cook down for about 3 minutes.
  9. Add the broccoli and another pinch of salt and pepper.
  10. In a bowl combine the eggs and milk. Beat well.
  11. Fold in 1 1/2 cups of the cheese.
  12. Slowly add the vegetable mixture to the egg mixture. Don't add it all at once or the heat could cook the eggs early.
  13. Put in a baking dish and top with the last 1/2 cup of cheese.
  14. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  15. Optional: Turn on broiler to brown the cheese.

Thanks for stopping by today! Come back tomorrow for the 3rd Best of the Blogs Linkup.  Link up your top post of the month or a wrap up of the top post on the month on your site!  It’s a great way to see the best the blogs  had to offer all month.

Your turn?

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Are you coming to the linkup tomorrow? 🙂 I know you WANT to!

By | 2018-06-28T14:14:12-05:00 January 28th, 2016|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Meals|32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. […] Cheesy Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole with Kale […]

  2. Carol March 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Yummy and healthy. I just tried it today. In the procedure, I did not see where the cooked quinoa is going to be added though.

  3. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands September 21, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Looks good, love all the veggies packed into it!

  4. […] Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with Kale from Running in a Skirt:  Julie always has great recipes!  I was excited to try something new.  I think this meal came out great but i have to admit I needed some meat to add to this meal to be more filling! […]

  5. Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life February 4, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    I definitely need to try this! I love cooking with quinoa but I usually use it in salads. I like the idea of using it in a casserole. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Emily February 3, 2016 at 12:30 am - Reply

    That looks amazing! I’m adding it to my recipes to try right now! I posted a recipe for Tex Mex Quinoa on Friday. I’d love for you to check it out!

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Thanks you for adding it. I hope you get to make it. I’m a bit behind on comments, but I’m heading over there right now to check it out.

  7. Jess @hellotofit February 2, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Ultimate comfort food!! I love that you used quinoa instead of, say, pasta 🙂 I LOVE pasta, but sometimes am looking to change it up!

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Oh yes, me too! Love me some pasta– but this is a nice change of pace.

  8. Sarah February 1, 2016 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Oh comfort food at it’s best!! I love when you have comfort food that warms you up and makes you feel good, even after eating it! Wonder if this would pass for a hot dish? Haha! That is what we call “casseroles here in MN and my hubby just got me a shirt that says hot + dish and then was talking about how I hadn’t made one in awhile. I think what he really wants is tator tot hotdish but I have everything for this.
    Thank you for linking up for Meatless Monday!

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Hahah!!! Yes, my hubby would take tator tots too! I just serve him this and say “don’t ask me what’s in it” 🙂

  9. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition February 1, 2016 at 8:22 am - Reply

    This looks sooo good! I love how you used both broccoli and kale in the recipe. These are the kind of recipes that are great when you need a little comfort. I’ve actually been working on a dairy-free quinoa and “cheese” casserole myself.

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Interesting!!! Let me know when you get it up!

  10. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes January 31, 2016 at 8:17 am - Reply

    OMG, yum! I need to make this asap!!

  11. Annmarie January 29, 2016 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Love that you used kale in here- looks so good!

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Just a little extra vitamins thrown in the mix!

  12. Mandi Korn January 28, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Looks yummy and as always healthy, thanks for sharing:o)

  13. Carole from Carole's Chatter January 28, 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Julie, this would be a super contribution to Food on Friday: Cheese over at Carole’s Chatter. Please do bring it over. Cheers

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 10:03 am - Reply

      I’m so sorry I missed it!!! I need to try to remember to add your linkup to my list!

  14. [email protected] January 28, 2016 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    This reminds me of a (very unhealthy) broccoli casserole my mom used to make when I was a kid. I love this healthier version! I think even my mom would appreciate it!

  15. Nicole @ Fitful Focus January 28, 2016 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    YUMMMM!!! this looks like perfection. I bet this would be great for breakfast, too!

  16. ooh right up my alley for sure! Yum

  17. Crystal Renaud January 28, 2016 at 9:13 am - Reply

    This looks great! I have to admit I have never tried Quinoa but I love Kale. I will have to make this!

  18. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie January 28, 2016 at 7:57 am - Reply

    I want this for dinner!! Wanna ship me a casserole pan of it? ; )

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