Friday, January 4, 2013

Cheesy Quinoa Casserole and my day

Tell me, you guys. How does this casserole look? Now, be honest.

I know it's not the best looking casserole in the world but it tastes pretty darn good. 

I made this casserole because:
  1. I want to learn new ways to cook new things.

    2. I want to learn to cook healthy, delicious things. 

What I really like about this casserole is how it covers a lot of the food groups in such a tasty way. I made it just because of that. One of our Elf4Health Challenges was to eat at least 3 food groups in each meal. So, it was perfect timing. 

Here's the recipe. 

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup dry)
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 lb spinach
  • 1 cup cheese (to put in the casserole)
  • 1/4 cup cheese (to sprinkle on top)
  • 1 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • any seasonings you want 
    • curry powder
    • garlic salt
    • onion powder
    • chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds (to sprinkle on top)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 
  2. Mix together the greek yogurt, seasonings, vegetables and cheese. 
  3. Mix in the cooked quinoa. 
  4. Pour into a 9x13 baking pan. 
  5. Sprinkle the top with cheese and sesame seeds. You can sprinkle more cheese on if you like. 
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes. 
  7. Take out and enjoy. 

So, today was a different day. I went shopping with my cousin after work. I didn't buy any clothes (even though  there was this one shirt I really wanted to buy!) but I did buy some stuff from Bath and Body Works. They were having a sale.

I love the smell of vanilla. 
I also got some Starbucks. They're not selling the holiday drinks anymore, so I got the skinny caramel macchiato. It wasn't as good as I expected it to be but it was still good.

So, I also tried the Stacy's Gingerbread Pita Chips Here's how it looks:

They were so good! Crunchy, sweet, cinnamon and ginger flavor, I can't get enough of these.

I also can't get enough of this:

Baked/roasted sweet potatoes with hummus. It's so good! I also can't wait to try it with peanut butter. By the way, this is a different type of sweet potato. It's not the reddish color kind that you usually see. But, they are sweet potatoes. 

So, how was your day?
What's your favorite Starbucks drink?
What's your favorite snack?


  1. That casserole looks delicious and so healthy as well... definitely going to try it.

    1. Thanks! It is delicious and healthy. I hope you like it!

  2. Oh, I've never eaten quinoa in such a version. I always eat it for breakfast as a sweet milk dish with fruits. I'd like to try your cassrole because it looks really deliicous. Besides, I just love spinach and cheese!

    Congrats, you made something really good and healthy. I also should try cook something new.. Not only for breakfast.

    1. I've never tried quinoa as a breakfast dish. Thanks for giving me the idea.And, thanks. I hope you enjoy it.

  3. omgshhhh the sweet pita chips from Stacy's are soooo amazing! I miss them and think I'll get some soon, thanks! haha. And my fave drinks at starbucks are the earl grey tea latte or just coffee, but right now I don't really crave coffee and can't drink it anyway so it works out :)

    1. They are amazing! They were only 89 cents at Target (holiday after sale)! I wish I bought more. And, I haven't tried Starbuck's tea drinks. I'll have to give it a try next time.


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