Broccoli Quinoa Cheese Casserole

September 11, 2012 in Main Dishes , Veggies and Sides

My very favorite thing about the holidays growing up was always broccoli rice cheese casserole. Seriously better than gifts and chocolate pecan pie!

I loved that stuff, and would beg my mom to make extra so I could eat leftovers for at least a week after Thanksgiving.

In fact, it was one of the first recipes I requested once I lived on my own.

And yes, I am talking about a casserole made with Cheese Wiz!

For obvious reasons, we haven’t been eating much of my dear casserole around here in recent years, so when I found a healthified version on Pinterest, I pinned it quick!

And then I modified it some to make it more like mom’s!

Broccoli Quinoa Cheese Casserole

First cook quinoa:

3/4 cup quinoa

1 1/2 cups water

1/4 teaspoon salt

 In a small saucepan combine the quinoa, water, and salt.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to low and cover.  Cook for 18-20 minutes, or until fluffy and the white ring/tail is visible.

While that cooks:


1/2 small onion-diced small

1 stalk celery-diced small

in 1 tbsp. butter until soft.


Mix the following in a bowl or just right in the casserole dish

1 can organic cream of mushroom soup

1/3 cup mayo (I used veganiase)

2 tablespoons whole milk

1 1/2 cups organic shredded cheese ( I used cheddar)

1/4 tsp pepper

2 cups cooked broccoli diced up ( I used 1 bag Cascadian farms b/c I didn’t make to grocery for fresh)


Add in cooked quinoa and sautéed veggies

Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes!

VERDICT: Really really good! And I happen to know from experience that it is going to be even better tomorrow.

The little people were not impressed, but what do they know!

4 Responses to “Broccoli Quinoa Cheese Casserole”
  1. Brittany says:

    right up Joe’s alley! Let’s put on holiday menu!!! I’ll make the butternut squash casserole…you make this!

  2. Chrissy says:

    can’t wait to make this! It looks and sounds great! So happy to have a healthier option than the standard rice version!!! Thank you!

  3. Nichol says:

    WOW! Sounds divine. Can you please have some of this with my name on it when I fly in to see you on Tuesday. Please and thank you. :)

  4. Molly says:

    Delish! Thx for sharing.

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