Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
This is a delicious, savory vegetarian recipe with butternut squash and cheese. The original recipe called for Gruyere but I used sharp cheddar instead. I think both would work quite well. This was my first time using quinoa in a recipe, and I'm really hooked. The little quinoa spirals are filled with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, making it a valuable addition to a vegetarian diet.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs butternut squash, peeled and diced
- 1 cup quinoa (organic)
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons shallots
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese or 1 cup gruyere cheese, shredded
- 1⁄2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Spray a 2-quart dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Peel and cube the butternut squash, then put in a microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes until squash is soft and tender.
- Wash the quinoa in a fine sieve thoroughly (about 5 minutes) until water runs clear. This is very important, as quinoa has a bitter protective coating that can linger even after processing.
- Transfer squash and quinoa to a large pot. Add water and salt to pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and the quinoa blooms into little spirals.
- Remove from heat and let rest.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in a small frying pan.
- Add shallots and cook 3 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook a minute or two longer, being careful not to let garlic burn.
- Pour over quinoa and squash mixture, mixing thoroughly.
- Add eggs, 3/4 cup of the cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer to prepared baking dish.
- Sprinkle remaining cheese and bread crumbs over gratin.
- Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoons of olive oil on top and bake for 35-45 minutes or until top is golden brown.
This is absolutely wonderful. I did add some vege broth instead of just water. It had so much more flavor than I thought it would. I added slightly more green onion, and I had a nice piece of whole grain bread I turned into a more chunky breadcrumb, so thank you Kozmic.
This was absolutely fantastic! My two step-sons (7 and 11) both LOVED it and my husband thought it was great as well...always great to find something that pleases everyone! It was easy too...great weeknight vegetarian meal!