A cheesy, delicious quinoa casserole made with broccoli and sausage. This casserole is a hearty fall meal!
Although it doesn’t happen all the time, I do love to have prepared meals in the freezer. When it gets super crazy around here, (holiday time with lots of concerts for both Darryl and I), I will take a day and prepare crockpot freezer meals so that we don’t rely on takeout food.
The other time I will do freezer cooking is if I am taking a meal to a friend who’s just had a baby. And in that case, I will usually do a casserole, especially in the cooler months.
This casserole can be frozen if you wish. Place it in a freezer safe dish and cover it with foil. I would recommend using it within a month or two for best quality. When you are ready to eat it, make sure to keep it covered while cooking. It will cook faster without drying out if it is covered.
- 1½ cups quinoa
- 1 small onion, chopped
- ¾ cup Daiya shredded cheddar cheese (Or regular cheese if you are not dairy free)
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used SO Delicious unsweetened coconut milk)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 4 sausages - I used al fresco brand chicken andouille sausages
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- Place the quinoa, chopped onion, and 3 cups of water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover pan. Cook until the little ring separates from the quinoa. Fluff with a fork.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add the Daiya cheese, spices, and non-dairy milk and stir over medium heat until the cheese melts.
- Chop the sausages up and add them to the mixture along with the broccoli florets. Stir until sausage and broccoli are hot.*
- Transfer mixture into a casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- *If you want to freeze the casserole, let this mixture cool completely before transferring into the freezer. When you are ready to eat it, remove from the freezer to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. bake the covered casserole at 350 degrees for 60-75 minutes until fully heated.
That’s all there is to it! A simple casserole, but it’s so tasty, and really filling! You can mix it up if you like, use different sausages, or different veggies. It’s such an easy dish that’s perfect for a lazy weekend.
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