Spinach Quinoa Casserole- Fluffy quinoa, fresh spinach cooked in fragrant onions and garlic, topped with shredded vegan cheese, and baked until golden brown. This tasty dish is completed with a spoonful of vegan sour cream for an ideal dinner any night of the week.
It seems like everyone loves casseroles. They are warm, comforting, and usually pretty easy to make. Plus, there are so many different variations that you can come up with, making it the perfect dish to switch things up a bit.
Vegan spinach quinoa casserole is not only healthy and delicious, but it's also incredibly easy to make! This dish is perfect for a quick weeknight meal or feeding a crowd. Plus, the leftovers are terrific reheated, so you can enjoy them all week long. Whether you're vegan or not, this casserole is definitely worth trying!
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Why You'll Love This Spinach Quinoa Casserole Recipe
Family-Friendly- Everyone loves casseroles, even ones with spinach! This quinoa casserole is so delicious that the whole family will love it.
Hearty- This casserole is packed with protein and fiber from the quinoa and vegetables. It will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Simple- Spinach and quinoa casserole recipe doesn't require complicated equipment or special culinary skills. Anyone can make this delectable casserole.
Minimal Prep- It only takes 10 minutes to throw this dish together; the oven does the rest of the work for you.
Leftovers- Casseroles are a great dish to make ahead and reheat for an easy meal later in the week. This spinach quinoa casserole recipe is no exception. It tastes just as good the second time around!
Equipment Needed To Make Spinach Casserole With Quinoa
- Large Skillet
- Stirring Spoon
- Baking or Casserole Dish
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
Ingredients For Spinach Quinoa Casserole
For The Sauce:
- Vegetable or Olive Oil
- Oat Milk
- Black Pepper
- Nutritional Yeast
For The Spinach:
- Vegan Cheese
- Vegan Sour Cream or Yogurt
How To Make Spinach Quinoa Casserole
To begin, prepare the sauce. In a heated saucepan, combine oil and flour. Allow the oil and flour to cook for a few minutes before adding oat milk and the dry ingredients. Cook until the mixture has started to thicken, then remove from heat.
Next, you will prepare the spinach by heating oil in a skillet. Add the chopped onions and cook until clear before adding the garlic to cook until fragrant. Add spinach and cook until slightly wilted, then add cooked quinoa. Pour the before-made sauce over the spinach and quinoa mixture and stir well to combine.
Transfer the well-combined mix into a casserole or baking dish, top with shredded vegan cheese, and bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is brown and bubbly.
Enjoy! Serve warm, topped with vegan sour cream or yogurt.
What to Serve/Pair With Your Vegan Quinoa Casserole With Spinach
This casserole is delicious, but it's even better paired with a delightful side. If you're looking for an easy and tasty side dish to complete your meal, try one of these options:
Green Salad- A simple green salad is a perfect accompaniment to this casserole. Try adding chopped fruits or nuts to your salad for an extra bit of flavor and texture.
Baked Potato- A baked potato is the perfect way to round out this meal. Simply top your potato with some vegan sour cream or yogurt and a few spoonfuls of casserole.
Vegetables- Vegetables are great with any meal, and this dish is no exception. Try pairing this spinach quinoa casserole with:
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Sautéed Broccoli
- Green Beans
- Steamed Asparagus
- Cauliflower Rice Pilaf
Popular Substitutions & Additions
- If you're looking to add some more protein to this dish, you could try adding cooked chickpeas or tofu.
- For a bit of extra flavor, try stirring in some sun-dried tomatoes or artichoke hearts.
- If you're not a fan of vegan cheese, you could omit it from the recipe.
- This casserole can also be made gluten-free by substituting the flour for gluten-free flour and using gluten-free oat milk.
- Try swapping out the oat milk for another plant-based milk of your choice.
- Add in some diced tomatoes or red peppers for a bit of color and sweetness.
- If you're looking for a bit of crunch, try adding chopped nuts or seeds to the top of the casserole before baking.
Feel free to make substitutions or additions to this recipe to suit your taste.
How To Reheat & Store Spinach Quinoa Casserole
What Is The Best Way To Store Quinoa Spinach Casserole?
Spinach quinoa casserole is best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How Long Will Vegan Spinach Casserole With Quinoa Last In The Fridge?
This spinach quinoa casserole will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days when properly stored.
Can I Freeze Quinoa And Spinach Casserole?
Yes, you can freeze this spinach casserole. Let the casserole thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. When stored in an airtight container, it will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.
How To Reheat Spinach Quinoa Casserole?
There are a few different ways that you can reheat this casserole.
You can reheat it in the microwave; just be sure to heat it in short increments so that the casserole doesn't dry out.
You can also reheat it in the oven. Simply place the casserole dish into a 350-degree oven until heated through.
Whichever method you choose, just be sure not to overcook the casserole, or it will dry out.
Spinach Quinoa Casserole FAQs
Can spinach quinoa casserole be made ahead of time?
Yes, this casserole can easily be made ahead of time. Prepare the recipe as directed and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Simply reheat the casserole until warmed through when you're ready to eat.
I don't have access to fresh spinach. Can I use frozen instead?
Yes, you can use frozen spinach in this recipe. Just be sure to thaw and drain any excess liquid before using it. Canned spinach can also be used, be sure to drain it well.
My casserole came out dry. What can I do?
If your casserole comes out dry, it may be because you overcooked it. Follow the recipe instructions carefully and cook the casserole until it is just done. You can also add a bit of vegan milk to the dish if it seems too dry.
Do I have to use spinach in this recipe?
No. You could try using kale or Swiss chard instead. Leafy greens in recipes are always an excellent way to sneak in extra vegetables.
Is this recipe for spinach quinoa casserole gluten-free?
No, as written, this dish is not gluten-free; however, it is simple to modify for a gluten-free diet. Replace the flour and oat milk with gluten-free variants, and the dish will be completely free of gluten.
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Vegan Spinach Quinoa Casserole
For the sauce
- 2 tbsp oil olive or vegetable
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 ½ cup oat milk
- ¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
For the spinach
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 4 cups spinach
- 2 ½ cups cooked quinoa
- 1 cup vegan cheese shredded
- Vegans our cream or yogurt to serve with
Make the Sauce
- Heat oil in a saucepot, over medium-high heat. Add flour and cook for 3 minutes.
- Pour in oat milk and add nutritional yeast. Cook until gently thickened. Remove from the heat.
Make the Spinach
- Heat oil in a large skillet. Cook onion for 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Add spinach and cook until slightly wilted.
- Add quinoa and pour over the sauce. Stir to combine.
Make the Casserole
- Transfer the spinach-quinoa mixture into the baking or casserole dish.
- Top with shredded Vegan cheese by your choice, and bake for 25 minutes.
- Serve warm, topped with Vegan sour cream or yogurt.