March 25, 2013

Pizza Quinoa Casserole {Veggie Supreme}

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Pizza is one of those magic words that immediately grabs my attention. It's obvious my taste buds can never get enough. And since I'm pretty much always on a quinoa kick, I wanted to incorporate the delicious flavor of pizza into quinoa. So I went all in and did veggie supreme using garlic, onion, mushroom, tomato, spinach, and green pepper. WHOA veggies - it was fantastic. We were even treated with the wonderful aroma of pizza as it baked in the oven. My husband especially loved it and said it's his new favorite quinoa dish. So of course he was pleased to get leftovers to bring to work throughout the week.

Note: Although the recipe calls for a 15 oz. can of tomato sauce, we only used about 10-12 oz. to our taste. I'd suggest starting with less and add more as you like. Or feel free to substitute 1-2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce for the tomato sauce, and tweak the seasonings from there. Fresh basil makes a great garnish before serving.


Vegan (with dairy-free cheese), gluten-free

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups dry quinoa
1 medium onion
1 green bell pepper
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
3 roma tomatoes
1 cup fresh spinach
3 cloves garlic
15 oz. can tomato sauce (or less to taste)
1 cup shredded mozzarella (or dairy-free cheese)
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
Salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 375.
Rinse and cook quinoa: add 3 cups water and quinoa in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed.
Meanwhile, chop onion, green pepper, tomatoes, and mince garlic.
In a skillet over medium heat, saute onion, green pepper, and mushrooms with salt for about 10 minutes or until softened.
Add garlic, stir, and heat for 1 more minute.
When quinoa is cooked, place it in a large mixing bowl. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, spinach, mozzarella, sauteed vegetables (any excess liquid removed), basil, and oregano. Stir to combine.
Spread mixture into a lightly sprayed 9x13 inch dish and gently press down. Top with a light sprinkle of cheese.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.

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39 comments:

  1. I just wish it had nutrition facts with the recipe.

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    1. Hi there. I don't include nutritional facts for my recipes because of the many variables involved. If you'd like to calculate them on your own, I've heard this website is pretty straightforward to use. Hope that helps! :)

      http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php?ns=1

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  2. What is quinoa ......sorry for stupid question but....i really do not know

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    1. Hi there! Certainly not a stupid question at all! I have a post about quinoa if you want to check it out. Definitely let me know if you have any other questions that I didn't address there :)
      http://www.thegardengrazer.com/2013/01/crazy-for-quinoa.html

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  3. This is a great way to cook quinoa! I am surely going to make this!

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  4. Hi:) this looks great, just wondering when you sauté the vegetables should there be oil or just salt? Thanks :)

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    1. Hi there Robyn! I usually add a tiny bit of oil to saute mine :)

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  5. I think this will be my dinner tonight! I'm so excited!

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  6. I really like the sound of a pizza quinoa casserole!

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    1. Thanks Kevin! :) Hope you get a chance to try it!

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  7. I was able to serve this for my carnivore husband and picky 17 year old son. It was enjoyed by all.

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    1. Hi Ann! Hooray!! That's fantastic to hear, thanks for letting me know. So glad you all enjoyed it :)

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  8. What can be substituted for onion and garlic? I am finding lots of recipes that use these seasonings and finding it hard to adapt. thought maybe you might have an idea.

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    1. Hi! Onion and garlic are ingredients that provide lots of flavor, so I agree it's tough to find a substitute. Have you tried leeks, green onion, or shallots? They're milder but could still work. Or do you suffer from allergies that don't allow you to eat anything in the onion/garlic family?

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  9. Oh my word this is TASTY!!! Just made it for dinner (we do eat a lot of vegetarian dishes in our house) and it is FABULOUS!! Since there are only two of us, it made enough for 3 dinners for us and 3 lunches for my husband. LOVED it!

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    1. Hi Mary! Wonderful to hear!! So happy you and your husband enjoyed it. It's always a bonus to have leftovers! Thanks for the message :)

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  10. Made this last night. LOVED it. Thank you so much. My husband likened it to lasagna!!! lol.

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    1. Woohoo! Glad it was a success for you guys! Mmmm... pizza lasagna ;)

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  11. Discovered your website tonight...I am a big fan already! Cannot wait to try your recipes!

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    1. Hi Amanda! Yay! So happy to have you here. Hope you LOVE the recipes you try! Come on back and let me know which ones you try out if you get the chance :)

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  12. Can this be frozen before baking???

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    1. I haven't personally tried that yet, but I'm guessing it would do very well as a freezer meal! Would love to hear if you try it, and I'll be sure to update if I do too :)

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  13. I was wondering the brands of cheese and sauce u recommend? I have a whole foods store down the street.

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    1. Hi Christi! Awesome question. I always recommend making your own sauce when possible - there are lots of great recipes out there. (Here's one I use for regular pizza, though it's thicker than the canned sauce: http://www.thegardengrazer.com/2012/05/pizza-sauce.html) Otherwise, I try to find the healthiest store alternative, organic if possible. As far as cheese, Daiya is a great dairy-free alternative if you'd like to try that. If you go with regular cheese, I prefer the ones with no antibiotics or hormones (rBGH), which I buy at Trader Joe's but I'm guessing they'd have those at Whole Foods as well! Hope that helps! :)

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  14. I'm totally going to try this - MINUS the cheese! Great idea! Thanks!

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  15. My favorite thing about your blog is that you post recipes with a lot of ingredients I usually have on hand anyway...but find such a creative way of putting them together! One day it's Asian, next it's Mexican (similar ingredients, just with switching up the sauces/way it's made). Cost efficient and delicious :)

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    1. Hi CJ! Thank you so much for your sweet comments. It truly makes my day to hear that because that's exactly what I strive for the website to be! So glad you're enjoying the recipes, and thanks for taking the time to leave a message. Happy New Year, take care! :)

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    1. Haha - two magical foods collide :) Enjoy Autumn!

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  17. Googled a quinoa and broccoli casserole and discovered your site. Loved it! Just took the pizza casserole out of the oven. Smells delicious. Will definitely use your site a lot more...and I have already recommended it to friends! Thank you :)

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    1. Hi Colleen! Thanks so much for the sweet comment - and for recommending the site to friends! :) Hope you loved the casserole and any other recipes you try here!! Take care!

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