Well I did it! I finally made the crockpot quinoa casserole. I am not sure sure what constitutes a casserole but I wouldn’t have necessarily called this meal a casserole. I don’t think the casserole was filling but it was good. It was super quick to make in the crockpot. The directions said 4-6 hours on low but after 2 hours on low it was starting to burn onto my crockpot. It’s a super easy recipe to make. I wasn’t sure how the cinnamon and chicken broth together would taste but it turned out really good. I had to skip on the feta cheese since it’s a pregnancy no-no to eat. I also left my craisins at work but I think tomorrow when I have this meal as a leftover I will add a few to see what flavor it adds to the meal. It’s not strong on flavor but it’s not bad. I think you could even make this on the stove and it’d be a lot quicker. I think if you added chicken to the casserole it could potentially be more filling. However, I’m adding it to my section in our cookbook of foods I like. I think it makes a great side and will be great for lunch the next few days!
–1 1/2 cups quinoa
–3 cups broth (chicken or vegetable; I used chicken)
–1 T olive oil
–1/2 t salt
–1/2 t cinnamon
–1/4 sliced or chopped almonds
–1/3 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
–handful of baby spinach
–1 cup baby tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on size
Step 1: Rinse quinoa.
Step 2: Dump quinoa into the crockpot. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mix it around. Add chicken or vegetable broth, the salt, and cinnamon. Stir in almonds and cranberries.
Step 3: Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 2-4. The quinoa is done when you can fluff it with a fork and it is tender. The liquid should be pretty well absorbed. (Again I had it on low for 2 hours and it was cooked but maybe I have a high powered crockpot…not sure)
Step 4:Fluff the quinoa with a fork, and add the baby tomatoes. Stir gingerly to mix. Add a large handful of baby spinach to the top of the crockpot, and close the lid. Cook on high for about 20 minutes, or until the spinach has wilted. Stir again to distribute the spinach.
Recipe in pictures
Quinoa never looks good when first cooking
To see the recipe in its orginial format (with the feta) please visit http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/07/crockpot-quinoa-casserole.html
Happy Cooking! 🙂