Cheesy Italian Quinoa Bake

This Cheesy Italian Quinoa Bake was a huge hit at my house! We had my in-laws over for dinner and this dish was devoured! Casserole dishes are perfect for serving a group of people and if there are any leftovers, it makes for another quick and healthy meal that just needs to be heated up. I think the leftovers were even more tasty, as the flavors had a chance to meld together a bit more. I hope this recipe is enjoyed by your family as it was mine!

Quick tip: I highly recommend only using organic rotisserie chicken meat. If that is not available, I suggest getting organic chicken breasts or thighs and cooking them at home so you can avoid the pesticides, hormones and GMOs.

Cheesy Italian Quinoa Bake
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes | Cook Time: 30-40 minutes | Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

3 cups organic rotisserie chicken, shredded
1-2 zucchini, shredded
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
2 cups chicken broth
1 can fire-roasted tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ cup full-fat coconut milk
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided (plus more for sprinkling, if desired)
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
½ cup fresh basil, chopped

 

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil, then add the quinoa. Cover and lower the heat to a simmer and cook for about 12-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to sit for about 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and set aside. Shred the zucchini and wring out the excess liquid in a clean dish towel.

2.) In a large bowl, combine the chicken, quinoa, zucchini, tomatoes and tomato paste, spices, parmesan, ½ cup of mozzarella and basil. Stir well and pour the mixture into a 9×13” baking dish and top with the remaining mozzarella and tomatoes. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted bubbly and it’s heated all the way through. Top with fresh basil and serve.


Feel great and remember to enjoy your health!

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Katie
The Warrior Wife

 

*Although it is not specified in the recipe, I only use ingredients that are organic and/or GMO-free. I believe this is the healthiest way to eat and encourage everyone to do so as much as possible. It is a more expensive way to eat but it is worth every penny!

 

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