Cheesy Quinoa and Broccoli Potterole

Quinoa

Potterole? She has lost her mind-nope I haven’t, casseroles take too long for my family and they just never turn out right for me! So I make a potterole its not making it all in just one pot either, but in the end you do mix it all up in one pot/pan.

Here are 5 quick facts about quinoa:

1. It’s pronounced “keen-wah”, just so we clear that confusion up.

2. It’s high in phytonutrients and flavonoids which are great cancer fighters.

3. As a complete protein, it contains all 9 essential amino acids and can provide up to 17% of your daily requirement of protein.

4. Prebiotic nutrients in quinoa help feed the probiotic (good) bacteria in your intestine!

5.  Once called “the gold of the Inca’s” because of how it increased stamina.

Now, do you feel a little bit more confident that you should bring this great food into your diet! Its easy just use it in place of rice in a dish you are already making!  I really wanted to incorporate quinoa into our diet because it is so healthy for you and this is how I did it for our family.

dinner

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups quinoa
  • 1 box of chicken stock
  • 1 giant head of broccoli
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese (2 cups for the cheese sauce and one to add-on top)
  • 2 tsp of all-purpose seasoning/chicken seasoning
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 tbs of flour
  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • 2 tsp butter
  • Salt and pepper

What you’ll need and prepping:

  • Strainer with fine holes to rinse the quinoa
  • Regular strainer to wash the broccoli
  • 3 pots, one for the quinoa (this one needs a lid), one for the broccoli, and one for the chicken (if your adding it you can omit it and make this an easy meatless Monday meal!)
  • Knife and cutting board to chop up the broccoli, then cut up the chicken if your adding it
  • Wisk for making the rue and cheese sauce
  • Cooking spoon for the quinoa
  • Spatula for the chicken
  • Slotted spoon for the broccoli

Step 1: In the pot that has a lid, place the butter, then toss in your rinsed quinoa. Gently toast up your quinoa in the butter just gives it a deeper flavor. It’s what I would do with the rice so I do the same with this to keep similar flavors going-and to avoid rejection from my family.

qunioatoasted

Step 2: I pour in the whole box of chicken stock and bring to a boil then set to low for about 12-15 minutes give or take. Put another pot of water to boil for the broccoli. Get a pan/pot ready for the chicken to cook up in also.

boilingqunioa

Step 3: Cut up broccoli and put it in the boiling pot of water, I like mine still crisp so I only leave it in for 8 minutes or so. Cut up the chicken and season it with a chicken seasoning or all seasoning. (The one below is my favorite!) Throw the chicken in a pan and cook til done, then set it on a plate to cool because with the left over drippings from the pan we will build our rue/cheese sauce.

chicken

Step 4: When the Quinoa looks like the picture below it’s done. Just cover it with a lid and let it sit until its time to mix it in. (If it looks like it might have access liquid it will absorb some while it sits.) Take the broccoli out of the water and set in a strainer too cool. Grab the pan you made the chicken in and add the oil and flour and whisk together then stir in the milk. Turn the heat to low and let it slowly thicken up. Once it thickens a bit add in the cheese (2 cups, save 1 cup for sprinkling on top) and whisk, whisk, whisk.

Quinoaspoon

Step 5: Now that the cheese sauce is ready add in the quinoa and chicken then mix it up. I like to top it with the broccoli and cheese! ENJOY! 🙂

dinner

Sited sources for my facts:

http://patriciaandcarolyn.com/why-eat-quinoa/

http://www.fullcircle.com/goodfoodlife/2012/04/30/5-reasons-you-should-be-eating-quinoa/

http://www.womensforum.com/why-is-quinoa-good-for-you.html

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4 thoughts on “Cheesy Quinoa and Broccoli Potterole

  1. I am so behind in the times on quinoa. I just purchased some to experiment with it. This looks easy and tasty! Pinned and shared. Thank you for linking with us at The Yuck Stops Here. Hope to see you this week for the new party! Please grab a party button if you have not done so already.

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