I know about this time of year I am running low on my pastured meat supply until chickens are more available around May, so I rely on quinoa as a dinner protein source a little more often.
Just about anything will taste great with parm and a little seasoning done right! Even if you have a household hesitant about quinoa, this is a great one to give a try. My very meat loving husband even likes it! It is very Italian in flavor – almost lasagna like!
And don’t forget about the kiddos! My 5 and 3 year olds just adore it – and my 19 month old has been devouring it! Cut up squares of leftovers and use them in the lunchboxes or freeze squares for quick, pull out dinners to warm up!
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- 2 ½ – 3 cups cooked quinoa (About 1 ½ cups uncooked. The linked bag is the one I pick up at Costco – this is a good price too! I soak my quinoa before cooking according to Nourishing Traditions recommendations.)
- 2 TB friendly fat to cook in (butter, coconut oil, tallow, lard)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium zucchini, chopped (green pepper works well too if that is what you have)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes (you can leave it out if you don’t want the kick!)
- 2 TB Italian seasoning
- 1 ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ½ lb fresh spinach (a couple large handfuls)
- 1 – 15oz can organic diced tomatoes, drained (I get mine at Costco which is the same brand as what I linked here!)
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 ½ cups Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
- Shredded Parmesan to sprinkle on top
- Saute onion and zucchini in the friendly fat for about 7 minutes with a pinch of salt to bring out the juices and sweeten.
- Add the garlic and seasonings and cook a couple more minutes, then dump into a medium mixing bowl.
- Add the cooked quinoa, fresh spinach, tomato, eggs, and cheese to the mixing bowl with the sauteed veggies and combine everything together.
- Pour the quinoa mixture into a buttered 9x13 baking dish and spread it out.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on the top, and then bake another 20 or so minutes, until the edges are nice and brown and the cheese on the top is melted and golden.
Ok so keep me posted when you give it a go!
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