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Quinoa Crunch Casserole : Recipe & Picture Time

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

WOW! Thank you all so much for your kind and encouraging comments on my last blog celebrate FOUR YEARS here at SparkPeople. You rock!

It had been awhile since my last blog. I thought I was still recovering from my intestinal biopsy as I had felt awful afterwards, but I apparently had the stomach flu! It lasted much longer than I had anticipated, so I wasn’t getting into the kitchen to make anything more exciting to share with you than one of these.

I think the recipe instructions would be “Grab bar from cupboard. Open package. Eat. Go back to sleep and pray for stomach flu to go away.”

But for now my stomach has settled and I can get back to my gluten-free eating to see if that makes me feel better again. For anyone new to my blog I was having a lot of stomach problems and the doctor told me to try out a gluten-free diet. I did for about six weeks and felt a LOT better. However, I had to back to eating gluten so that they could do an intestinal biopsy to see if I had Celiac or just gluten intolerance.

Well the results came back and I don’t have Celiac (whew!!), but cutting out gluten had made me feel better before so they think I am intolerant of it. Well I have cut it out again, but so far I’m not feeling better yet. Come to find out that was probably due to the stomach flu!

There! Now we’re all caught up and can get back to food. Which is good, because I’m hungry.

When I first went gluten-free I went through a bit of a panic. Pretty much all of my regular food was out (save for fruits and veggies of course). So I spent a lot of time scouring the internet for recipes. Some of the ones I found included things I was used to (yay quinoa is gluten-free!) and some were a bit more confusing (I’m still confused as to a good flour replacement other than just buying a premade mix!)

One of the first things I tried was this quinoa crunch casserole that Caitlin did over at Healthy Tipping point.


I didn’t have 3 cups of broccoli, but I did have a bag of broccoli slaw which worked just as well! I sautéed it for a few minutes on the stove and then dumped it in a medium bowl with the raw quinoa, eggs, hummus, salsa, black beans, pepper and some pasta sauce as I didn’t have any hot sauce.

After mixing all of the ingredients together I poured them into a greased loaf pan.

Yes, it was the weirdest looking thing ever! Like a quinoa soup with green twigs. But trust me, baking it makes it look much more appetizing!

Okay so it still looks a little weird, but see perfectly normal. While my husband happens to love meat (ewww) I am…less than a fan. So I was a little concerned as to what he would think of this loaf. Certainly not meatloaf, but maybe it could be good? Well he had two thick slices.

So I’m thinking that’s a big thumbs up! It is a bit dry without extra pasta sauce or even ketchup if you dare. Ain’t nuttin’ wrong with that!

For the full recipe you can click on the link above and you can check out Caitlin’s other recipes as well here:


That’s all I have for now! Now I have to go find something good to eat. Although I think I’m craving my banana bread.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I love your blogs/recipes! I am a meat eater but considering tapering off and exploring new ideas/recipes of 'clean eating'.
    2673 days ago
    MMMM It was much better then I expected it to be when I first saw it.
    2677 days ago
    My evening treat is a cup of green tea and a Larabar - it's divine!! Thanks for sharing the quinoa recipe - I'm always looking for more ways to incorporate this healthy grain.
    2682 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    Thanks! I will give this one a try. We have bags of quina that need to get used.
    2689 days ago
    I'm glad you had Lara bars when you were sick! Loved the recipe for them, hehe!
    2689 days ago
    So...what does that diagnosis (gluten intolerant) mean for you? Do you cut out gluten completely, or just cut back? I hope you have more flexibility now that you've found out it's not celiac, meaning maybe you can have some of your old favorites/standbys occasionally?
    I hope you are feeling better!! :)
    2689 days ago
    P.S. when the recipe says "raw quinoa" does that mean not to soak it?
    2689 days ago
    Thanks for posting this. One of my new goals, as of yesterday, is to look for lots of little ways to add extra nutrition to things. I have quinoa around all the time, but I don't use it like I should.
    2689 days ago
    I have a huge bag of quinoa that I got at Costco for quinoa stuffed peppers and didn't know what to do with the rest. I printed out the crunch casserole recipe to make this weekend when my vegetarian daughter comes home from college.
    2689 days ago
  • TRESSA48
    Just bought some quinoa for the first time and was hoping to find some good recipes. This looks really yummy. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.
    2689 days ago
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