I followed the directions using the "make ahead" guidance and it turned out really good. You do not have to precook the quinoa. I used the frozen spinach but would use fresh in the future as the frozen was really stringy and unappealing. The only other thing I would do differently is possibly use more squash for the topping (increasing seasoning accordingly). It seemed really thin on the top-I would think if you put it in the 9x13 pan like someone did, it would be hard to spread thin enough.
Vegetarian Quinoa & Squash Casserole
From EatingWell: September/October 2012
An aromatic mixture of garlic, paprika, cumin, coriander, allspice and cayenne flavors this vegetarian quinoa and squash casserole recipe. Frozen squash is a super-easy topping.
9 Reviews for Vegetarian Quinoa & Squash Casserole
I made this with less olive oil and fresh kale instead of frozen spinach. I also used a jumbo raisin medley instead of golden raisins. Delicious!
Should the Qunioa be cooked prior to adding all ingredients?
I followed the instructions and made a casserole that delighted the vegetarians and non-vegetarians at a potluck that I went to. I have since made it several times to rave reviews, once using smoked paprika (yum!) and another time using navy beans instead of garbanzo (since I didn't have any). Also, I have transferred the ingredients into a 9x13 pyrex dish and baked it without a problem if you don't have an oven-proof skillet. This has been a great recipe for me and I've shared it a lot.
I made this last night for my family as part of our effort to eat healthy. I initially thought it sounded good but wasn't sure my family would like to spices. Well this tasted fantastic and my daughters loved it and went back for seconds and thirds. I added some turkey bacon as another reviewer suggested. It was a hit with everyone and complimented the flavors of the dish. We will be making this one regularly.