Delicious and with a big protein punch, this vegetarian quinoa bake is going to get scooped up so quickly!
Here’s A Video Showing How To Make This Quinoa Meal:
Do you do Meatless Monday? I don’t, really. But I do try to eat at least one vegetarian dinner per week.
At my house, we’re really used to a lot of protein so when I do make a meatless dinner, I try to make sure it’s really hearty and satisfying in the protein department. I love this recipe because it’s gluten-free and high in that needed protein because of the quinoa.
One of the tricks to satisfying this protein need is to include at least two protein sources per meal. That’s why my Gallo Pinto recipe, a Nicaraguan dish that has beans and rice topped with a fried egg, is one of our go-to vegetarian dishes too.
Today’s recipe for Italian Cauliflower and Quinoa Bake is similar. It has both high-protein quinoa and cheese. Combined with the meaty texture of roasted cauliflower, it’s satisfying from the first mouthful.
I hope you love it as much as I do,
You’ll wish every day is Meatless Monday with this bake. Cauliflower offers a meaty texture. Quinoa adds protein.
- 30 oz. cauliflower florets
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. dry oregano
- 1/2 tsp. dry basil
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 30 oz. tomato sauce (no sodium, add salt to taste)
- 8 oz. shredded mozzarella, divided
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- In a 13 x 9-inch pan combine cauliflower, olive oil, salt, oregano, basil and black pepper. Toss and roast until cauliflower is lightly browned in spots, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook quinoa according to package directions (will yield about 3 cups cooked). Drain if needed and fluff with a fork. Transfer it to a medium bowl and add the tomato sauce, 4 ounces of the cheese and salt to taste (if desired).
- Remove the cauliflower from the oven and add the quinoa mixture to it. Stir. Top with remaining cheese.
- Bake until cheese is melted and tomato sauce is bubbly, 15-20 minutes.
If you like the idea behind this cauliflower dinner, I bet you’ll also like this Italian Roasted Cauliflower side dish. It’s one of my most popular recipes on Pinterest and I’m excited that so many people are loving it.
Video by Leigh Olson. Article and recipe by Christine Pittman.