This is a real favorite of mine... The flavor of the cheese in this dish and the crumbs that top it remind me of the macaroni and cheese I enjoyed as a kid.I didn't detect any of the cheese flavour unless I was eating the little bit sprinkled directly on the top of the dish. Since this makes a large dish, I wasn't about to toss it in the composter, I needed to find a way to make it more tasty for me. I'll give you the recipe as written and then I'll tell you how I dressed it up. I didn't take a picture of the dish as it is so 'one colour' I didn't think it would look good in a photo.
Cheesy Chick-Pea and Quinoa Bake
1 tbsp margarine
1 cup coarsely chopped zucchini
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped scallions
4 cups water
2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 cup canned chick-pears, rinsed and drained
1 cup shredded low-fat Cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup shredded low fat Swiss cheese, divided
1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat a 2 quart casserole with non-stick spray.
- In a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat, melt the margarine. Add the zucchini, celery and scallions; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender.
- Stir in the water, quinoa, chick-peas, 3/4 cup of the Cheddar and 1/4 cup of the Swiss. Spoon into the prepared casserole. Cover and bake for 45 minutes, or until the liquid has almost been absorbed.
- Sprinkle with the bread crumbs and the remaining 1/4 cup Cheddar and 1/4 cup Swiss. Bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the cheese has melted.
Still lots left. Dinner with daughter. Heated a carton of no-salt added Chicken broth from Campbells. Spooned some quinoa into a bowl, ladled in some broth and finished warming in the microwave. Great soup.
Still lots left in the casserole. Lunch the next day. Again, what to do. I spooned a cup or so into a bowl, cracked an egg and mixed it through. Into the microwave to warm and cook the egg. After cooking I added a dollop of Sweet Chili and sauce and ate. It was ok.
Still lots left. Lunch on day three.
There is still a bit left in the fridge, don't know if it will get eaten in any of the above fashions, but my imagination is up to the challenge.
Do you have any favourite 'saves' for when a recipe just doesn't work with your taste buds?
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