Quinoa and Spinach Bake

Seriously, what do you call this? A cake? A bake? A casserole? A throw-stuff-from-the-cabinets-and-fridge-together? You need pretty much 4 things to throw this together. I am sure you can vary the ingredients and quantities. I am sure you can make it vegan and omit the egg and make this on the stove top and forget about baking it… If you don’t have an egg, we’ll call it that you delibarately made it vegan! 🙂 On some days you just can’t bear a trip to the supermarket, sometimes you need to empty your cabinets, sometimes you want something new and something old and something healthy, but not too filling…. And sometimes you have all that come together. This is it.

Quinoa? Check. Spinach? Check. Egg? Check. Yoghurt? Check. On your marks… Ready, set, go! 

I am using breadcrumbs as a base here, kind of like cheesecake style. I put them on the bottom because I was afraid they were going to burn on top. Why? They’re made mostly of shredded wheat used in this recipe. I don’t think you necessarily need to use them. If you have them, you can use them on top or bottom, or even mix them in if they’re seasoned. If you don’t have them, do not fret AT ALL and go ahead and make the recipe anyway.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quinoa
5 portioned sized frozen spinach (maybe 1/2-1/3 cup thawed chopped spinach)
3 mini onions, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp, heaping, fromage blanc/thick yoghurt
pepper
pinch or two ground coriander
pinch or two herbes de provence
soy sauce, to taste (you can replace with salt)
1-2 tbsp breadcrumbs (optional)
1 egg, beaten
pat of butter or olive oil
Preparation:
1. Cook the quinoa & drain.
2. Melt the butter and fry the onions and garlic.
3. Throw in the thawed spinach and stir for a few minutes.
4. Turn off heat, add the spices and stir. (I added the soy sauce at the end, tasting the raw egg)
5. Add the fromage blanc.
6. Add the beaten egg.
7. Add the quinoa, stir and check the seasoning.
8. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F and butter a baking dish.
9. Pour and press down the breadcrumbs and pour over the quinoa/spinach mix.
10. Bake for 22 minutes (the knife test came out clean)
Add a small simple lettuce/tomato salad on the side and this feeds two happily! This has everything I love, everything I need. Can you add to it? Sure you can! Can you take things out of it and replace? Sure you can! It’s your kitchen, your cabinets, your cravings! Enjoy the simple things!
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