Quinoa Broccoli Casserole

broccoli-600x899In my last couple of posts, I’ve been talking about how I’ve neglected my own health lately because I’ve been so busy trying to take care of everyone, run a business, homeschool and travel.

I hit rock bottom last week and in addition to losing it, I ended up sick.  As in, I haven’t been this sick in five years I want my mommy, sick.

The conclusion I came to is that I absolutely have to make myself a priority, otherwise I am good for no one.

Moms, we all fall into the rut of neglecting our own needs and we have to make a conscious decision to make our health a priority.  Even when it feels like we don’t have time.

Grabbing junk food because is easy isn’t going to cut it anymore.  I can’t skip my B12 shots.  And green just has to play a major role in my diet, so I’m going to suck it up and make the time to wash the juicer.

(Confession:  the only reason I don’t juice more is because I hate washing that dang juicer.)

Skye’s first birthday is Sunday and we are unexpectedly getting to spend it with family.  After this, we will have an 18 (yes, 18!!!) hour drive ahead of us.

I figure it will take a little time to recover from that, so my goal is that by April 15 to be 100% on track with the new plan, which is really just going back to what I know to do and what has helped me lose 45 pounds in the last year.

The focus isn’t just going to be on weight loss.  I’ve been known to crash off the weight, only to be left depleted and feeling lower than before.

That doesn’t solve much.  (Though I do hope to continue to shed the baby weight.)

Instead, I’m focusing on health.  Green smoothies and juice every day.  Wheatgrass shots as often as possible.  Kombucha and probiotics.  10,000 steps a day.  Exercise.   A high protein breakfast.  Huge salads for lunch.  And filling but healthy recipes like this one, brought to us by Miryam, of Eat Good 4 Life, for dinner.

I’d love for anyone who is interested to join me in what I am calling my Spring Shape up!

What works for you when you are feeling depleted?

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Rating: 51

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 386g

Calories per serving: 490

Fat per serving: 18.4g

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 4 1/2 cup vegetable stock, you can also use water
  • 2 tbsp pesto sauce
  • 1 tsp celtic salt
  • 2 tsp arrowroot powder, or (organic) cornstarch
  • 2 cups fresh organic spinach
  • 12 oz skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets
  • 3 green onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. In a 9x13 baking rectangular dish place the quinoa and green onions. On the meantime, place the broccoli in a large bowl and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes. Set aside. My microwave is not very powerful so this is how long I did it for without the broccoli getting mushy. If you have a powerful microwave you may need just 3 minutes as it will continue to bake in the oven for about 5 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, with a wire whisk, mix the vegetable stock, pesto, arrowroot powder and salt. Heat mixture until boil. You can do this on your stove top or microwave. I used my microwave.
  4. Add the vegetable stock to the quinoa followed by the spinach, Parmesan and 3/4 of the mozzarella cheese. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Take the quinoa casserole out of the oven and mix in the broccoli. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the quinoa and broccoli and place back in the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted. If you like you can add more Parmesan cheese over the top as well.
  5. I place my casserole under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to brown the top but this is just optional. Serve while still warm.

Notes

Servings 6, Serving Size 386g, Calories 490, Fat 18.4g, Carbohydrates 52.2g, Protein 30.4g, Cholesterol 47mg, Sodium 616mg, Potassium 679mg, Fiber 7.5g, Sugars 3.3g, WW Pts 9

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Miryam Quinn Doblas is a clinical dietitian that strives to eat fresh, local, and organic as much as possible. Making all meals from scratch allows her to increase the nutrition quality. Through her food blog she shares healthy, easy, budget friendly and unique recipes for everyone to enjoy. Her ultimate goal is to inspire people to start cooking healthier so that they can live a longer and happier life. Miryam currently lives in NJ with her husband and two kids.
Website: Eat Good 4 Life
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  • Barbara Young

    Looks really good! Thanks. And good luck on your Spring Shape Up! I need to refocus as well. I’m curious – what do you do for a high protein breakfast? I could use some inspiration.

  • Barbara Young

    This looks great! Good luck on your Spring Shape Up – I definitely need to refocus as well. I could use some inspiration – what do you do for high protein breakfasts?

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks Barbara!

      Here are some ideas for a higher protein breakfast. (I’m very bad about having veggie wraps with no protein at all and then being starving 2 hours later.)

      Power Pancakes -

      1/2 cup quinoa flakes + 4 egg whites (or 2 eggs) + stevia to taste + 1/2 teaspoon vanilla + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

      Egg sandwich -

      1 whole egg + 2 egg whites on gluten free toast with tomato, spinach and avocado. I make a greek yogurt sauce for the bread.

      Breakfast quinoa -

      1/4 cup quinoa + 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 cup water + 1 teaspoon cinnamon +1/2 teaspoon vanilla + stevia + 1 egg + dried cranberries

      Breakfast hash -

      potatoes + cumin + jalapeño + scallions + tomatoes + black beans + tempeh or chicken + avocado

      Strawberry Peanut (or Almond) Butter Toast

      2 slice gf bread, peanut butter, strawberries, chia seeds

      Avocado toast

      2 slice gf bread, mashed avocado, chicken

      Breakfast Tostada

      2 organic sprouted corn tortillas, refried beans, 2 eggs, pico de gallo

      I really should put these together in real recipes and post them on Mama Balance.

      • Barbara Young

        Thanks so much – these all will be put into my breakfast rotation! :)

        • Wendy Polisi

          My pleasure Barbara! You actually gave me a great idea for some posts on my new website!

  • John Hartil

    This does look rather tasty especially with this cold sea mist we are having here

    • Wendy Polisi

      Hope it warms up for you soon John!

  • Jeney Kingsbury Gould

    I would be down to join you in the spring shape up. I have been trying to lose this last 25 pounds for a year now!

    • Wendy Polisi

      That would be great Jeney! I need all the motivation I can get. :) I’m going to start working on this right away. Stay tuned!

  • Leo

    Okay so I’m trying this out…right now..and I noticed you said to put the spinach and cheeses on after you put the stock? I just got worried putting cheese over the liquid? I dont know what to expect..first time really cooking as well.. I’m a beginner lol I’ll let ya know how this goes

  • Wendy Polisi

    You could just leave it out or add extra broccoli!