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Cheesy Kale & Quinoa Casserole

Cheesy Kale and Quinoa Casserole

Kale is sautΓ©ed until nice and tender with onion, garlic and vegetable broth, which all help to infuse it with plenty of flavor.Β Mix with cooked quinoa, lemon zest, cannellini beans and Greek yogurt,Β and bake in the oven with plenty of mild cheddar cheese!

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Cheesy Kale & Quinoa Casserole

Cheesy Kale and Quinoa Casserole

A comforting yet bright cheesy casserole filled with sauteed kale, quinoa, cannellini beans and lemon zest!

  • Author: Oh My Veggies
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale (about 9 to 10 ounces), stems removed and leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, cooked according to package directions
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided
  • Salt and red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1/4 cup raw walnut halves, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ΒΊF. Lightly grease a 2 to 3 quart baking dish with olive oil spray and set aside.
  2. Add the olive oil to a large skillet set over medium heat. When hot, add in the onion and cook until tender and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in the kale and vegetable broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 6 to 8 minutes, until the kale has wilted down and the broth has evaporated. Remove from the heat.
  3. Add the vegetable mixture to a large bowl, along with the quinoa, lemon zest, cannellini beans, Greek yogurt and 1 cup of the cheddar. Mix until well combined. Season with salt and red pepper flakes to taste.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese and the walnuts.
  5. Bake for about 10 to 13 minutes, until heated through and the cheese is melted.

Notes

You can cook the quinoa in advance so it is ready to go come dinnertime. However, be sure to warm it back up before mixing it in with all the other components. Otherwise it will take longer to heat up in the oven and the dish could dry out.

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    Amber Harding
    September 21, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Lovely recipe, quite filling and tasty!

  • Reply
    Kelley
    September 21, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Ooh, saving this one for when the weather turns (again). Looks like a swiss cheese would be good, too.

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      September 23, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Yes! I bet that would be delicious as well!

  • Reply
    marcie
    September 21, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Ashley, this meal looks amazing! It’s almost dinner time and the only problem is that I don’t have this in front of me! Definitely trying this soon!

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      September 22, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      haha thanks Marcie!!

  • Reply
    Cathryn
    September 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    This is so good I am standing in the kitchen with a fork, eating it, instead of serving it up to my boys. Autumn in a bowl!

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      September 28, 2015 at 8:51 am

      haha oh I love this! So glad to hear you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

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    Julie Mary
    September 28, 2015 at 2:59 am

    What would you recommend instead of yogurt?

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      September 28, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Hmmm cottage cheese may work but we haven’t tested it that way!

      • Reply
        Debra Moray-Brach
        November 14, 2016 at 8:23 pm

        Something vegan?

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    Susan
    October 4, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    New favorite web site. So many tasty vegetarian options– YUM. Quick qs. Any recommendations for prepping this recipe ahead of time for busy weekend nights? Would you recommend precooking up to final oven baking time or would you just cut up everything and premeasure ingredients with final cooking the night to be used? Thanks for advice

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      October 7, 2015 at 7:06 am

      Hi Susan! If it was me, I would make the quinoa in advance and even cook the veggies ahead of time too (and pre-measure other ingredients like you said). And then leave the final assembly / cooking for the night of. I would rewarm or bring the quinoa / veggies back to room temp (otherwise it will take longer to heat up during the bake time and could dry out). The dish does reheat well as leftovers too!

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    Hungry Anon
    October 6, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    What would you recommend to use instead of quinoa? I’ve never had it or cooked it, so I don’t want to chance buying,cooking it and making it only to ruin the rest of the meal.

    Your (or anyone’s tested) Ideas?:)

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      October 7, 2015 at 7:01 am

      While we haven’t tested it any other way, I would think that other whole grains would work here too … bulgur, farro, rice, etc. Let us know if you do try it with something else!

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    Alison
    October 15, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    smells good. i did not have lemon so used orange. tats real good thank you.

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      October 16, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Glad you liked it Alison!

  • Reply
    Dipti
    October 21, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I am so happy to have discovered your website.
    What would you substitute for the Greek Yogurt that is non-dairy?
    Thanks so much!

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      October 23, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Hi Dipti! I would go for a plain non-dairy yogurt here. You really want that creaminess / slight tang from it!

  • Reply
    Shawna
    November 9, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I love when something nutritious (nutrient content) tastes like comfort food. Love this recipe, and it’s relatively easy to make. I tried it with some salsa on the side, and it was delicious.

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      November 12, 2015 at 9:52 am

      So glad to hear it Shawna! I love the idea of serving with salsa!

  • Reply
    Rhonda
    January 19, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Delicious recipe! I used only half the cheese and pine nuts instead of walnuts. It was perfect comfort food.

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      February 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      So happy to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting us know!

  • Reply
    Dina
    February 4, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Calories? If who ever posted this recipe originally could please provide the calories, fat, carbs and protein content for each serving, size of serving?

    Thank you,
    Dina

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      February 19, 2016 at 8:03 am

      Hi Dina! We don’t calculate calorie counts for our posts as they can vary by different brands of ingredients, substitutions, etc. But you can plug it in here to get a general idea: http://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

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    Patricia Morris
    July 24, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Hi ,I came across your recipe and i am going to make it, looks yummy. Could you give me the nutrition facts because i am a weight watcher and need to track everything. Thanks in advance!!

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      July 26, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Patricia – hope you enjoy! We don’t calculate calorie or nutritional counts as they can vary by different brands of ingredients, substitutions, etc. But you can plug it in here to get a general idea: https://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

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    Nina Lyman
    September 11, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    wish you would make so it can be printed without pages and pages of pictures of nothing

    • Reply
      Beatrice
      February 20, 2018 at 10:32 pm

      @Nina Lyman
      Try printfriently , it works great!
      http://bit.ly/2opy1MC (shortened URL to this specific page that I put through the site)
      You can click on whatever pictures / text you want removed and then save it as PDF or print it

  • Reply
    Nell R
    March 19, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Cut and paste into a Word doc and then you can clean out the ads or whatever else comes across.

  • Reply
    Beatrice
    February 20, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Wonderfully tasty comfort food with a bunch of nutrients!
    Very easy to make.
    I love your website!

  • Reply
    Cassandra
    March 7, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    I didn’t really like this. I felt it lacked flavour – the only seasoning is salt and pepper and some chilli flakes. I know it was semi-nutritious with the kale and quinoa, but I don’t feel it was worth all the calories with the dairy. I was expecting to to taste much better…

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