Friday, January 17, 2014

Family Favorites Friday: Quinoa Florentine


spinach quinoa


This is not a recipe I have made for years and years.  As a matter of fact, I just recently 'invented' this dish.  I took the flavor combinations of a favorite lasagna recipe and used quinoa  instead of pasta to help reduce the carb load.


Quinoa is a grain with 8 grams of protein in one cup, cooked.  With the eggs and cheese in this dish, it can easily be a main dish.

I have made this several times and everyone has really liked it and my children have even requested it several times.

If you are not familiar with quinoa, don't skip the rinsing step before cooking it.  Apparently this removes some bitterness from the quinoa.

Try this recipe and let me know how you like it.

QUINOA FLORENTINE

 1 cup quinoa 
2 cups chicken broth 
2 tablespoon butter
 3/4 cup onion ( chopped )
 12 ounce frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
6 ounce mozzarella cheese, shredded 
1/2 cup sour cream 
1 egg ( lightly beaten ) 
1/4 cup butter 
1/4 cup flour 
1 1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon (I use Tone's Chicken Base from Sam's Club)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper 
1 cup light whipping cream 
1 cup milk 
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated (fresh is best, but you could use the stuff in the green can)

Cook quinoa in chicken broth according to package directions. 

While quinoa is cooking: Melt 2 tbsp butter in medium skillet; saute onions in butter until tender.

 In large bowl, combine spinach, mozzarella cheese, sour cream, egg, and cooked onions. Stir to combine and set aside.

 In same skillet, melt 1/4 cup butter. Stir in flour, bouillon, and pepper; cook one minute. Stir in milk and cream; stir constantly until thickened and bubbly.

 Measure 2/3 cup of sauce and set aside.

 Add cooked quinoa and remaining sauce to spinach mixture; stir well to combine.

 Pour into 9" x 9" baking dish. Top with reserved sauce, spreading to cover top.

 Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

 Bake in preheated 350 degree oven, 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. 

Remove from oven, call family to eat and watch this disappear.

 Servings 9
 


1    cup    quinoa
2    cups    chicken broth
2    tablespoon    butter
3/4    cup    onion ( chopped )
12    ounce    frozen spinach ( thawed and drained. chopped )
6    ounce    mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2    cup    sour cream
1    egg ( lightly beaten )
1/4    cup    butter
1/4    cup    flour
1 1/2    teaspoons    chicken bouillon
1/8    teaspoon    black pepper
1    cup    light whipping cream
1    cup    milk
1/2    cup    parmesan cheese, grated

Read more at http://www.myrecipemagic.com/recipe/recipedetail/quinoa-florentine#I4EFglKoyFKCRFMi.99
1    cup    quinoa
2    cups    chicken broth
2    tablespoon    butter
3/4    cup    onion ( chopped )
12    ounce    frozen spinach ( thawed and drained. chopped )
6    ounce    mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2    cup    sour cream
1    egg ( lightly beaten )
1/4    cup    butter
1/4    cup    flour
1 1/2    teaspoons    chicken bouillon
1/8    teaspoon    black pepper
1    cup    light whipping cream
1    cup    milk
1/2    cup    parmesan cheese, grated

Read more at http://www.myrecipemagic.com/recipe/recipedetail/quinoa-florentine#I4EFglKoyFKCRFMi.99
1    cup    quinoa
2    cups    chicken broth
2    tablespoon    butter
3/4    cup    onion ( chopped )
12    ounce    frozen spinach ( thawed and drained. chopped )
6    ounce    mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2    cup    sour cream
1    egg ( lightly beaten )
1/4    cup    butter
1/4    cup    flour
1 1/2    teaspoons    chicken bouillon
1/8    teaspoon    black pepper
1    cup    light whipping cream
1    cup    milk
1/2    cup    parmesan cheese, grated

Read more at http://www.myrecipemagic.com/recipe/recipedetail/quinoa-florentine#I4EFglKoyFKCRFMi.99

3 comments:

9peasMom said...

Very clever idea! I am always looking for new 'meatless' meals - this one looks to be a winner!

Kathleen Caron said...

It sounds delicious, I must try. I discovered something good at Trader Joe's, "white quinoa," you don't have to rinse it and you can cook it in a rice cooker. It's delicious and has a consistency more like cous cous.

Karen Childress said...

Sounds great, but we don't have a Trader Joe's. I will check our health food store the next time I am there. Thanks for the tip.

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