Detoxing from my trip to Carb City USA…
My weekend in New Jersey was awesome! But… full of food. I stopped just short of third base with a pan of penne vodka (do they eat that outside of NJ?) and combined with the bagel, brownies, and pizza… carb overload happened. I’m fine with my gain because I know if I work as hard as I had been before vacation, I’ll be fine. Plus, B and I are doing a 5k on Saturday!
No other fun “losing it” news right now, so I HAVE to share a new recipe I tried today! I am a huge fan of crock pots but really only use mine to heat BCD. I’m mostly vegetarian and very picky, so there’s not quite as much for me to use it for.
Then I found So Very Blessed‘s recipe for Crockpot Quinoa Casserole. Hello, yummy.
She may not be the prettiest, but she sure is DELICIOUS!
It’s very customizable, and I changed it a lot. I think this would be amazing with broccoli and cheddar if you like broccoli cheese soup! Or spinach and parmesan… nom! I halved the recipe, omitted the sour cream and all veggies except zucchini (which I doubled), added green onions, and white cheddar/hot sauce. Delicious. Slightly sweet and spicy, the perfect hearty and warm dish for the winter (what is winter? I think I forgot…) and my version is just under 300 calories! I think when I eat leftovers I might crumble some bacon into it too. Because I’m crazy like that.
Check out the original recipe here for directions. But so you have them, I’ll list my changes below. Remember I halved the recipe.
- 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 1 7/8 cups low sodium chicken broth (aka just short of 2 cups)
- 2 cups shredded zucchini
- 3 tsp minced garlic
- 1/8 cup green onion
- 4 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
- 2 oz vermont white cheddar cheese
- 2 Tbsp Frank’s Red Hot (or your favorite hot sauce, to taste)
- Red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, to taste
I added all the veg up front with the quinoa like Becky did, and then added the cheeses/hot sauce at the end. I cooked mine on high for about three and a half hours, then put it on warm to melt in the cheeses, etc. Becky has directions for cooking it low and slow too.
So if you’re into quinoa, and weird looking delicious hot foods, try this out!