This one is an experiment. I looked at a few similar recipes to figure out the process, and then I just went with it. I used a bagged cheddar – which was alright – but I also had some manchego lying around. This is what I put on top. At the very end of prepping this dinner, I broiled the casserole to get it extra bubbly! I wish I could add a .gif of that.
There are a lot of little steps in this one, so i recommend prepping all of your veggies beforehand.
Boyfriend doesn’t love kale, especially cooked kale, so this wasn’t his favorite recipe ever. We both agreed that we want to try a creamier version of this as well – sort of like a quinoa macaroni and cheese.
I think we also need to experiment with the amount of water in this dish. I used 2 cups total but it may have been a touch too much.
Anyway, good luck. I hope you like this experiment. I think this dish offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to the veggies and seasonings used.
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups kale, chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 jalapeno, minced
- 1 handful cilantro, minced
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, maybe manchego. Something melty.
- 2 cups water
- olive oil/butter
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- On low heat, melt some butter and some olive oil in a large pot. Saute garlic and jalapenos for about one minute. Then add the chopped onions and season with salt.
- Cook the onions on medium heat until just starting to soften – nearly 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and 1 cup of water. Boil this mixture until the tomatoes begin to fall apart – about 5 minutes. Add the kale at this point.
- Continue to cook on medium heat until kale begins to wilt. Add the cilantro and some more salt.
- Add all of the quinoa and the second cup of water. Pour mixture into a small casserole dish.
- Mix the cheese into this mixture, but leave some for later. It will be watery! Put the casserole into the oven.
- Bake for 30 minutes and taste. If the quinoa isn’t cooked or the mixture is still watery, continue to cook. Check it periodically, though. Mine took more than 35 minutes.
- Once the quinoa is nearly cooked, top with more cheese. Bake for another few minutes until cheese is bubbly. I threw mine under the broiler.
- I served this with a little bit of salsa. Hot sauce could be good too!