Vegetarian Quinoa & Squash Casserole
ACTIVE: 30 minutes TOTAL: 1 hour 20 minutes
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.
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil,
1 large onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon paprika
2½ teaspoons ground cumin, divided
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cups frozen chopped spinach
1 cup quinoa or whole-wheat couscous
½ cup golden raisins
1 cup water
½ teaspoon salt, divided
2 10- to 12-ounce boxes pureed squash,
⅓ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add onion and
cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, 9 to 11 minutes. Add garlic, paprika, 2
teaspoons cumin, coriander, cayenne and allspice and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in chickpeas,
tomatoes, spinach, quinoa (or couscous), raisins, water and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring,
for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. If thawed squash is watery, place in a fine-mesh sieve and gently press to extract excess
liquid. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon
cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread the squash evenly over the chickpea mixture.
4. Cover the pan and bake until steaming hot, about 45 minutes for quinoa (15 minutes for
couscous). Let cool for 5 minutes. Serve sprinkled with cilantro.
Calories 438, Fat 11g, (sat 1g), Cholesterol 0mg, Carbs 76g, Fiber 14g, Total sugars 15g,
Protein 15g, Sodium 741mg, Potassium 1088mg, Folate 227mcg, Calcium 207mg.
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2, transfer to a 3-quart baking dish; top
with squash mixture (Step 3), cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Let stand at
room temperature while oven preheats. Bake, covered, until bubbling at the edges
and heated through, about 45 minutes.