Zucchini Casserole with Quinoa

Shredded zucchini, quinoa and a homemade cream of mushroom sauce makes a healthy and delicious zucchini casserole for dinner.
This is our favorite quinoa recipe now! Quinoa Zucchini Casserole - Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Side Dish for dinner

I’ve finally done it! My life is complete. I’ve made a quinoa recipe that is out of this world. It’s been a long haul with lots of good quinoa recipes, but this one is the best. My family has been slow to enjoy quinoa, but no longer. Surprisingly, my husband said I could make this any time. In fact the night we had this, he remarked as we were getting ready for bed, that this was the best quinoa recipe ever. It was totally out of the blue. Huh? You still have quinoa on the brain I thought. Seriously? Then he wanted me to make it for breakfast. What has happened to my husband who normally thinks quinoa is just OK?
This is our favorite quinoa recipe now! Quinoa Zucchini Casserole - Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Side Dish for dinner

Even my little one who doesn’t like quinoa or zucchini happily ate it. This was one casserole, I was really proud of. The idea came from a broccoli, rice and cheese casserole recipe. It uses canned soup. I knew I didn’t want to use canned soup, so I whipped up my own cream of mushroom sauce. Due to the that substitution, I was even able to leave a good portion of cheese in the recipe. It is another one of those dishes I like to call, bonus vegetable sides. This one has lots of zucchini in it as a bonus to the side of vegetables we always have with dinner. Yeah to bonus vegetables. With zucchini plentiful this time of year, give it a try. See if your family loves it as much as mine does.

This is our favorite quinoa recipe now! Quinoa Zucchini Casserole - Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Side Dish for dinner

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This is our favorite quinoa recipe now! Quinoa Zucchini Casserole - Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy Side Dish for dinner

Quinoa Zucchini Casserole

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 172 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini squeezed dry
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 1 cup reduced fat milk
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 oz chopped mushrooms
  • 4 oz shredded reduced fat cheddar or American cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350•. Spray a shallow 2-quart baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Place water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover. Cook for 10 to 13 minutes. Quinoa should be al dente, not quite cooked through. Set aside.
  4. In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, sauté onions with oil until translucent.
  5. Add the zucchini and cook for 3 minutes. Add the quinoa and set aside.
  6. In a small saucepan, whisk together milk and flour. Add the mushrooms.
  7. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Whisk until the mixture thickens.
  8. Carefully pour hot mixture into a blender. Remove the cap from the top of the blender. Place the top onto the blender and cover with a folded kitchen towel. Puree the sauce.
  9. Return the sauce to the saucepan over medium heat.
  10. Slowly add the cheese whisking constantly.
  11. Stir the sauce into the quinoa mixture.
  12. Pour into the prepared baking dish and cover with foil.
  13. Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 6  Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Zucchini Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 9g 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. I have never been able to get Josh to even TOLERATE quinoa. Though he'll eat anything if cream of mushroom soup is involved, so having a homemade version + quinoa does sound pretty delicious and right up his alley!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Kelly, I was really surprised how much my family liked it. They want me to make it again! Hopefully Josh will like it too.
  2. we can't get enough zucchini this tie of year, so I love adding an extra dose in a grain as a side dish!! sounds delicious Christie
  3. I love quinoa but my family isn't as fond of it as I am, so I'll have to try this and see if it works with my family too! Thanks!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      The sauce definitely helps make this dish more palatable for people that aren't fond of quinoa. Hope your family enjoys it.
  4. Love a new idea to use up my zucchini and the quinoa brings an added punch - looks terrific!
  5. We love quinoa here, and this looks awesome! Zucchini makes everything better, too :)
  6. Total yum! I always have quinoa in the house and since it's summer I'm overflowing with zucchini!
  7. Perfect! I love cooking w quinoa but am running our of recipes. I love that I can use up all of my summer zucchini in this!

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