5-Cheese Layered Quinoa Casserole

I needed ideas for supper last night, so I asked the hubby if he had any suggestions. I told him it had to use hamburger since that is what I had thawed and ready. Between the two of us, we came up with this casserole. I am just estimating on the amounts because I really didn’t measure the spices or most of the cheeses! It must have been a success because there are no leftovers!

3/4 c. dry quinoa (I used tri-color quinoa)

1-1/2 c. water

Combine the water and quinoa. Bring water to a boil and cook quinoa for about 15 minutes. While it is cooking, work on the beef mixture.

1-1/2 lbs. ground beef

2-3 mini sweet peppers, diced

1/2 medium onion, diced

Brown the ground beef. Add the peppers and onions to the meat and cook until tender. Drain off fat. Sprinkle the beef mixture with (maybe 1/2 tsp each) salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, basil and chili powder. Stir in well. Add a medium handful of fresh spinach, stir, and cover. Turn off heat and let rest while you make the cheese sauce.

8 oz cream cheese

1/2 c. cottage cheese

2-3 eggs

1 c. ricotta cheese

1/2 c. Parmesan cheese

Add the cheeses and eggs together in a large mixing bowl and mix well. I used my stick blender, but a hand mixer is fine, too.

Lightly grease a 9×9 inch baking pan. Spread half of the meat mixture on the bottom of the pan. Layer half of the quinoa on the meat and then half of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers. Spread grated mozzarella cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Serve with a fresh green salad!

Serves 6-8.  If you make it for 6 servings, there are just 13 carbs per serving. If 8 servings, there are 10 carbs per serving.

 

Fluffy Stuff

Here is a quick and easy recipe for when you want a light dessert on a hot summer day!  I used strawberries and strawberry gelatin in mine, but it would be great with any flavor gelatin and other fruits like crushed pineapple or mandarin oranges.

 

1 lg. container small curd cottage cheese

1 (8oz) container whipped topping

1 sm. box gelatin, any flavor

1-1/2 c. chopped fruit

In a large mixing bowl, combing the cottage cheese, whipped topping, and gelatin.  Fold in chopped fruit.  Spoon into individual dessert dishes and refrigerate until set.  Serve with your favorite home-made cookie!   Serves 6-8.

Light Lunch for a Summer Day

I just looked at our site stats and discovered we are only 27 views shy of 5000 total views to the blog!  Pretty amazing for just over 2 years!!  Who knows? Maybe today will bring us over the top!

One of my absolute favorite lunches for a hot summer day is cottage cheese and fruit.  I love cottage cheese with crushed pineapple or peaches.  Not having either of those in my pantry or fridge today, I chose some of our fresh blueberries and some strawberries….the perfect patriotic lunch for this Flag Day!