Quinoa Lentil Casserole

by Nicole on June 9, 2010

Happy Wednesday! What is everyone up to today? I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday, I haven’t been feeling that great the past week. I’ve been having stomachache’s on and off and I’m trying to figure out what is going on.  On another note how much fruit do you eat daily?? I think I have been eating way too much between juicing, smoothies, berries and dessert, it’s just fruit overload. How much is too much? I think I need to research this, because I have a feeling my sugar is through the roof.  

Anyways, rewind to yesterday, Danny and I got up and went for our early morning run. I actually woke up at 4:58 am because Danny was coughing. I was kind of mad I didn’t get the extra 12 minutes of sleep, but it’s okay. Yesterday morning was a run where I was so glad to have a running partner. I was feeling a bit tired and my legs were tight…I probably would have stopped if I didn’t have Danny with me. I love having a partner because it makes me not quit when I want to because I feel bad for Danny. (obviously if I felt that bad I would have stopped, it was more a lazy, not feeling the run thing…)
I was feeling like I wanted to make something new for dinner last night. I wanted to make some eggs but I wanted to make a grain to go with it. After looking through my cabinets and cookbooks I came up with making a quinoa casserole based on a recipe from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan. 
I love quinoa because it is a complete protein (which means it has all of the essential amino acids that have to be obtained from food). It’s also a great source of magnesium and iron. 
Quinoa casserole before being cooked
right out of the oven
Quinoa Lentil Casserole
inspired by Eat, Drink & Be Vegan

1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 cup vegetable stock
2 cups water
1 cup lentils (cooked)
1 small squash, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tso fresh ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a round casserole dish (I used a pyrex) with non stick spray. Add all ingredients to the dish and stir to combine. Bake for about 60 minutes. The quinoa should be cooked and all the liquid should be absorbed. (Quinoa is cooked when you can see the little white thread around the seed.)
It didn’t stay together as well as I would have liked it too, but it was a great side dish to go with eggs. This would also pair well with chicken or salmon. This also would make a really simple main dish too, it’s very filling. 

How much fruit do you eat daily?? 
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Jessica @ How Sweet June 9, 2010 at 7:04 am

This sounds awesome! I love quinoa and lentils. Looks absolutely delicious!


pegasuslegend June 9, 2010 at 7:18 am

very healthy looking love lentils in this combination :)


Simply Life June 9, 2010 at 7:38 am

oh no, I hope you start feeling better soon!


Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen June 9, 2010 at 8:13 am

I hope Danny is feeling ok! And I hope your tummy starts to feel better. We go through cycles here with the stomach stuff since we have loads of allergies and intolerances…so much fun. I eat a lot of fruits. Probably way more than I should. Maybe 4-5 cups a day. Wow, when you put it that way…seems like too much. I eat a variety and I also eat about the same in vegetables. The casserole sounds good. I can see what you are saying about it holding together. There is really nothing in there to hold it together. Flax might be a good addition to bind it? I will have to give it a try soon! Feel better!


whataboutsummer June 9, 2010 at 8:45 am

I eat a lot more veggies than fruit every day (only fruit at breakfast really and maybe like half a serving in the afternoon). I love lentils and wish they were used more often! (plus I have to like casserole; I live in the south)


Kat June 9, 2010 at 9:24 am

I have never tried quinoa or lentils…guess Im a little behind eh? I am so obsessed with fruit right now. Summer brings out the cravings!!


Abby June 9, 2010 at 9:29 am

I LOVE quinoa and Lentils! So does the hubs! I'll make this for him sometime! Thanks!

And I eat a ton of fruit.. but I don't really know exactly how much..just a lot :)


fitandfortysomething.com June 9, 2010 at 9:48 am

i do not eat too much fruit this week because i ran out except for apples……sorry your tummy is feeling off. how great that you had a running partner.i wish bill would get up and run with me! hope you feel better!


Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly June 9, 2010 at 10:10 am

Oh dear lord…that looks amazing!!! I always eat a lot fruit in the summertime.


Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers June 9, 2010 at 10:11 am

Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly – hope it clears up soon!

I eat about 2 portions of fruit on the average day – usually something with breakfast (berries in oatmeal/grapefruit/banana) and often an apple as a snack.

Love the look of that casserole…bet it's awesome with some poached eggs. yum!


hbobier June 9, 2010 at 11:34 am

I think you might be right with your fruit overdose. I usually have two or three pieces a day, usually an apple for breakfast and a banana for snack.

And HOW did you find that? I have Eat Drink and be Vegan and so far I haven't had any recipes that I've been motivated to make. This one looks amazing though.


renae June 9, 2010 at 11:52 am

I was thinking the same thing about fruit this morning. I have a green smoothie every day for breakfast…I usually put 2 cups of spinach and 7 or so baby carrots in but I also put in 1 banana, 1 apple and about 2/3 – 1 cup of pineapple. I feel like I may be having too much sugar too.


spabettie.com June 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

again, somehow something I would not have thought of…? that sounds and looks delicious, I love both quinoa and lentils…

I sometimes have to STOP eating fruit for a fear of stomachache… that's how much I love fruit. (my breakfast today is a good example, and I've also had a banana AND wheatgrass since then).


Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) June 9, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I have made that casserole and thought it was pretty good! I think I had some of the leftovers over greens for lunches too!
I don't eat a ton of fruit…probably about 1 serving/day average.
Everyone is different, but if you are having more than 4-5 servings a day it could be too much for you…


Nora@LiveLifeEatRight June 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm

This is so clever and looks delicious!! I love that you can serve it as a slice! I think this would be a great lunch item for the summer!


Christy June 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Looks like a match made in heaven! Yum!


Jennifer June 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Haha, I am right there with you girl! 12 minutes may seem like nothing to some people, but for me in the morning, that is NECESSARY lol. Recipe looks delish! You are so creative! I can never come up with stuff like this (cooking scares me lol).


Chef Dennis June 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm

nicely done!! I am always looking for new ways to cook Quinoa for my girls!
thanks for sharing!


Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ June 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I've heard of too much fruit being rough on the tummy. Feel better soon! Another quinoa recipe to add to the list. It's quickly becoming my favorite food.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) June 10, 2010 at 11:49 pm

ok the fruit, could be a food combining issue. gena of choosing raw has posted about it. look for her food combining 101 post. basically if you are eating fruit at the wrong times, it could be hurting your tummy. I personally am not sensitive enough to food combining to really notice tons of difference, but if i am feeling icky, i take a look at that and it's one possible thing. and yes quantity, too. ease up a little girl :)


landanimal June 13, 2010 at 1:49 am

Yay I am always looking for new ways to cook lentil and quinoa. Bookmarking this one :)


Lindsay @GetHealthywithL October 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

Great post! this recipe looks super tasty-I’m always looking for new quinoa recipes
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