Quinoa Crunch Casserole

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Fact about the Husband:  He pronounces quinoa "kwuh-NO-uh," which is made infinitely funnier by the fact that he says it in a British accent.  Note:  it’s actually pronounced “KEEN-wah.”


Second interesting fact about my vegetarian Husband:  He has totally gone off of cow’s milk and cheese lately.  I don’t think he’s had cheese for three weeks?   If you ever told me my Husband would lean towards veganism faster than me, I would’ve laughed in your face! I guess you never know, huh?


Due to his sudden dislike about milk/cheese, I’ve been struggling with casserole ideas because I usually use cheese as a base.


But this casserole is the perfect solution!  The most interesting part of this dish?  The quinoa is raw!


Quinoa Crunch Casserole


Ingredients (for three servings):


  • 3 cups chopped broccoli
  • 3/4 cup raw quinoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup hummus
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • Dash of pepper
  • Topping: Pasta sauce




  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a loaf pan.
  • In a wok, stirfry the broccoli until it begins to brown.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients + broccoli except the pasta sauce.  Mix well.
  • Pour mixture into loaf pan and cook for 40 minutes.
  • Remove and slice.
  • Top with pasta sauce and enjoy!


The sauce is crucial because the casserole is slightly dry without it.  I don’t like gooey casseroles as much as denser, firm dishes, so I really enjoyed this.


Mmm.  Casserole perfection – and healthy, too!


In other news…


I have packed for California!  I just want to get on a plane and GET THERE already!


I am so excited to see Jenna again.  The last time we saw each other was in August 2009. 

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We have plans to go on a winery tour the day after our ride!  Wahoo!  I’m REALLY looking forward to that – and those vegan chocolate chip cookies she made yesterday.



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 20, 2010, 2:03 pm

    Haha, I love it when people pronounce quinoa like that, it’s too funny!! But yes, that casserole thing looks AMAZING! Is it possible to veganise it!?
    You must be so excited about California…I’m excited for you!

  • Sarah for Real May 20, 2010, 2:04 pm

    That casserole looks beautiful! I love the different textures. Would you say his pronunciation of quinoa is a British thing? Like “skedule” versus “shedule?” Haha, funny either way.

    I’m getting excited for your trip too! That’s so weird isn’t it, haha.

    • Caitlin May 20, 2010, 2:05 pm

      he CLAIMS that’s how british people pronounce it but first of all, he hasn’t lived there in a decade and i seriously doubt he ate quinoa when he was 13, and secondly, he uses his foreignness as an excuse for every mispronounce.

      can any brits weigh in?

      • D May 20, 2010, 2:27 pm

        no, we dont say it like that!

      • sarah May 20, 2010, 3:34 pm

        Im british and I say it like that – oops!

        • Julia @ www.britbride.com May 20, 2010, 5:42 pm

          I also am British and also say it like that, but I say a LOT of things phonetically… like lingerie, I say LING- ER- REE, I used to say RE-SYPE, for recipe. Its not British, its just, I believe, reading things your own way and not knowing to ask!!


          p.s. Where is the hubby from Caitlin? Am I right in thinking Reading??

        • Caitlin May 20, 2010, 6:05 pm

          yup he’s from reading!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet May 20, 2010, 2:06 pm

    We also pronouce quinoa that way. It’s just fun.

  • brandi May 20, 2010, 2:08 pm

    That casserole sounds awesome! I love ones that don’t require a lot of prep work (i.e., having to cook the grains first).

  • Angela (ohsheglows) May 20, 2010, 2:08 pm

    I pronounced quinoa the way your hubs does until about a month ago…lol. Now I use both pronunciations interchangeably depending on my mood. 🙂

  • megan May 20, 2010, 2:10 pm

    i love it when bloggers get together. it’s fun to read about.

    and for some reason, in my head, I pronounce it “chin-wa”. I have no idea why. I don’t know if I’ve actually ever talked about quinoa out loud before…

  • Lisa May 20, 2010, 2:11 pm

    Quinoa is my new favorite food! I want to try this casserole!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 20, 2010, 2:12 pm

    you guys are going to have the best time…i can’t wait to read all about your trip! the quinoa casserole sounds absolutely awesome too…YUM!

  • Jenny May 20, 2010, 2:14 pm

    I can’t wait to read all about your Cali adventures with Jenna!

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) May 20, 2010, 2:16 pm

    Love me some quinoa, unfortunately my fiancee doesn’t so I only make it every once in a while. Can’t wait for the updates from your trip out west, it’s going to be so fun!

  • Heather May 20, 2010, 2:20 pm

    HAHA I would ahve pronounced it like your husband, too!

  • Kelly May 20, 2010, 2:20 pm

    Have so much fun in CA and good luck!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite May 20, 2010, 2:21 pm

    I pronounced quinoa that way for ages. It wasn’t until about a year ago that I found out the correct way to pronounce it! LOL!

  • emptynutjar May 20, 2010, 2:23 pm

    eggs, quinoa and black beans sounds yum (and i am not vegetarian) , so that is pretty neat.

    have u ever tried the vega vibrancy bars…i tried the chocolate one recently …u might like since u are vegetarian!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 20, 2010, 2:23 pm

    That casserole looks delicious! Do you know why he hates cheese/milk but not eggs? Just curious. (I personally love cheese + eggs but love substitute milk!)

    • Caitlin May 20, 2010, 2:31 pm

      I told him the urban legend (?) about milk having pus it in and now can’t eat it. I don’t even know if its true but it totally freaked him out.

      • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 20, 2010, 2:33 pm

        I think it is true because the cows get infections in their udders when they’re being milked by the machines, thus the need for pasteurization. Now I remember why i like almond milk so much better!! 🙂

  • Camille May 20, 2010, 2:41 pm

    The casserole looks so good! I know what I’m making for dinner tonight 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 20, 2010, 2:42 pm

    I think this should win the award for most creative casserole 🙂 Looks yummy!

  • Brandy May 20, 2010, 2:52 pm

    Technically, both ways are correct! My husband worked for a health food company (one of their products was quinoa) and they pronounced it like your husband does!

  • ActiveEggplant May 20, 2010, 2:54 pm

    You must be SO excited for your trip – will you get any sleep tonight?! I know I wouldn’t. Can’t wait to hear how things go out there – we’ll be thinking of you! (You’ve motivated me to look for a close-to-home century I can train for!)

  • Hayley H May 20, 2010, 2:56 pm

    Pronunciations of quinoa can be so funny. I shouldn’t say anything though, because I was definitely saying it wrong (in my head- I wouldn’t even speak the word out of uncertainty) for a long time!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 20, 2010, 3:01 pm

    Even mispronounced words sound better in a British accent. In an American one it’s just annoying. 🙂

  • lisa May 20, 2010, 3:03 pm

    That casserole looks really good. I always seem to top mine with cheese too, but it’d be good to make a casserole that’s based on eggs instead. Haven’t made quinoa in ages, and the only way I’ve ever made it is by just plain cooking it, then topping it with beans and veggies. Once I read a quinoa pudding recipe that sounded interesting…

  • Jennifer May 20, 2010, 3:05 pm

    That is so funny that your husband is taking to it that fast! Have fun in Cali! 🙂

  • Jennifer May 20, 2010, 3:06 pm

    Yummmm!! And that is so funny that your husband is taking to it that fast! Have fun in Cali! 🙂

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 20, 2010, 3:11 pm

    Yay for Cali! I’m so jealous you get to hang out with Jenna. I feel like her and I could be super good friends….but I guess that’s her gift, everyone wants to be friends with her!

  • allison @ livingoneday May 20, 2010, 3:21 pm

    hahahahha your husband stories are always so funny. i love casseroles, and i need to try this one. i think even my meat loving bf would like it!!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 20, 2010, 3:22 pm

    i really think kwin-oh-ah sounds way more right. But I am working on it… actually not really because I have never eaten the stuff, ever! someday!

    travel safe! can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Courtney May 20, 2010, 3:23 pm

    Emily at Front Burner has an AWESOME nutritional yeast cheeze. I’ve used it twice on top of noodle casseroles. Both my kids and husband prefer it to real cheese. I even made two casseroles the first time to taste compare. I’ve tried a couple if different nutritional yeast “cheeses” and this is my favorite so far. Seriously yummy!

  • Little Bookworm May 20, 2010, 3:38 pm

    That cassrole looks great. Have a good journey!

  • Helena May 20, 2010, 4:14 pm

    Hi 😀

    Here, in Portugal, we say KEE-NO-UH.. it’s between how you and your husband say it!

    I love your blog and your life choices .

    You motivated me to change my exercise habits. I’m starting to be an active person! I haven’t been active for…like…ever (ok..I was active when I was a kid, but everyone was).
    I’m 20 years and I feel better now than ever. I am doing the 30 day shred now…that’s how i found your blog…And after my university exams (in about 20 days) I will start running like you, not to loose weight, just to be healthier, you’re truly my inspiration!

    I only pity that in Portugal we don’t have as many nutritious products as in the US… It’s difficult and veeeery expensive to eat clean here. But I manage to eat, since I was 16, the healthiest way possible.

    This comment is not only to be an ass-kisser =P (sorry if this isn’t the correct american expression, english is not my first language as you may see by the many mistakes I must have written all over the comment lol).

    I would also like to ask you: do you know what’s better: wild rice or brown rice? Because I enjoy them both but the wild is faster to cook.

    Sorry for the looooong comment.
    Have a nice day or night (I’m the worst with time zones)!

  • Hedda May 20, 2010, 4:17 pm

    Men- who can understand them? ;p
    I bet that if I served a dish like that to my older brother and father they would just look at me funny, and ask if we might had a pizza in the freezer.
    To me, it looked really good though 🙂 I have yet to try how hummus taste, it is not a much used ingredient here in Norway.

    Don’t forget to pack your tooth brush, and most importantly : your courage ^^

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) May 20, 2010, 4:21 pm

    That casserole looks perfectly formed! Sounds good, too. Crunchy though eh? I’ll have to whip it up and try it out 🙂

  • Sarah Jayne May 20, 2010, 4:24 pm

    I love that casserole. It is gourmet & healthy/heartwarming & comforting!

    I honestly could give up cheese/dairy products so much easier than meat itself…sad but true?!

    So jealous of your trip! I know you are going to do SO WELL in your race 🙂

  • Jess May 20, 2010, 4:27 pm

    Have fun in Cali! Watching the Tour of California REALLY makes me want to get a bike. Right. NOW.

    The weather is GREAT so you’ll really get to soak in some sun. You should hit up an In-n-Out. They have grilled cheese and it’s awesome. Hm, I just realized that even though I’m from California, I’ve never ever been up to Napa. That’ll have to change sometime. Thanks to HTP, I’ve added Gran Fondo to my list of awesome things to do in life.

  • Kate May 20, 2010, 4:30 pm

    What a fantastic idea for a vegan casserole. Wow! I don’t think I’ll ever be vege or vegan, but I love to do meat free regularly, and will definitely try this for a vegan option.

  • Carrie H May 20, 2010, 4:38 pm

    Okay, why are health food names always so hard to pronounce? This one (which I said like your husband till only a few months ago), then there’s seitan (still confused about that one — is it pronounced Satan?), Fage (which I said phonetically until I was embarrassed in public), tempeh (also still unsure on that one), tabbouleh …

    They all taste good, but I’d just as soon never say thier names, making it really hard to order at a delicious restaurant, LOL.

  • Carrie H May 20, 2010, 4:41 pm

    Oh — and I forgot to add, my mom can’t even pronounce vegan! She says VAY-gan instead of VEE-gan. Drives me nuts!

  • Amanda May 20, 2010, 4:47 pm

    The casserole looks really good. Is this a recipe you created? Or found somewhere? I’m always looking for new recipes. I love Quinoa, I’ve only had it a few times but I love the grainy texture of it. Can’t wait to try this.

    • Caitlin May 20, 2010, 4:50 pm

      all of my recipes are originals 😉

  • Erin May 20, 2010, 4:48 pm

    What a great trip you have planned! Should be a great time of year in Northern Cali. 🙂

  • Tina May 20, 2010, 4:55 pm

    I bet a wine tour will be very enjoyable after your century ride. And you are on top of things. I am never packed until right before we leave.

  • Samantha @Food Edu May 20, 2010, 5:11 pm

    Your trip sounds like it will be a blast. Seeing the sights of Napa via bicycle and wine tasting-thats what im talking about.

  • runnerforever May 20, 2010, 5:40 pm

    That looks soooo good, actually a bit lighter than quiche maybe? I would love to give it at try!

  • Meredith @ An Epic Change May 20, 2010, 5:55 pm

    I pronounce quinoa like your husband!! I think this is mostly because I was a Spanish major and my background in Spanish, French, and Portuguese makes me pronounce it that way (more like they do in Latin America where it originated).

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 20, 2010, 6:14 pm

    What an interesting casserole – love it!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 20, 2010, 6:15 pm

    Lol…no matter how many times I tell him how to pronounce it in the correct way, my husband still calls it “kwin uh”.

  • *Andrea* May 20, 2010, 6:16 pm

    you keep spitting out these great recipes that i am dying to make!!! especially because they’re so simple (i can’t and hate to cook but love vegetarian foods)!

    i love when ppl mispronounce foods like quinoa and acai hehe

  • Amy May 20, 2010, 6:46 pm

    Hi, I know you didn’t cook the quinoa, but did you still rinse it? Thanks, Amy

    • Caitlin May 20, 2010, 6:46 pm


  • Annalisa May 20, 2010, 6:50 pm

    Maybe you could use a thickened veggie broth (like a roux w/flour and margarine?) for the base of your casseroles. You can make your own (boil veggie bits with salt + pepper for an hour or leave in the crockpot — freezes well), however, I use a boullion paste and just add water. It makes for a nice, moist casserole.

    Good luck this weekend!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 20, 2010, 7:30 pm

    That casserole sounds so good! You are so so SO creative!
    Aww you and Jenna are going to have a BLAST! I foresee crazy times ahead 😉

  • suki May 20, 2010, 7:31 pm

    ooh, have fun in CA! 🙂

  • Judy May 20, 2010, 7:37 pm

    Thanks for introducing us to this grain I didn’t know about. It has great nutritional properties. It’s definitely going on my grocery list!

  • Wei-Wei May 20, 2010, 7:45 pm

    Oh, it looks like quinoa cake! I definitely didn’t know how to pronounce keen-wah when I first saw the word, but after some reading of blogs like yours and Tina’s (at CNC) I quickly picked up on it! 😀

    Have a safe trip! I can’t wait for your race on Sunday. It’s the first time I’ve ever followed you through from your training right up till a race! I’m so excited for you! 😀


  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 20, 2010, 10:04 pm

    I totally can relate to your surprise at The Husband’s veganism persuasion. Hunni has totally gone along with my vegetariansim and doesn’t really eat meat when he used eat 2 cheeseburgers a day.

  • Casey May 21, 2010, 12:01 am

    I really want to try that! It looks good and dense.
    Are you coming to the bay area!?

    • Caitlin May 21, 2010, 8:39 am

      nawww we’re going to be too busy with family/cycling activities 🙁 sad face.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 21, 2010, 12:20 am

    That quinoa casserole is such a neat idea! I am definitely going to have to give this a try.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 21, 2010, 12:44 am

    I definitely used to pronounce quinoa like your husband until someone FINALLY corrected me. It’s pretty embarrassing that I was going around talking about quinoa like an expert but I had been saying it wrong. Whoops!

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well May 21, 2010, 8:40 am

    I too join the ranks of folks pronouncing it incorrectly. 🙂 Thanks for the tip = me no longer inadvertantly embarassing myself at Whole Foods. (At least in regards to quinoa…)

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 21, 2010, 9:38 am

    I used to pronounce it wrong too! And it’s STILL hard to remember to say it correctly, but I’m getting better! I don’t want to embarrass myself when I’m out at a restaurant! 🙂

    Your very lucky to have a husband that cares so much about his health and his food choices! I love my husband dearly, but he couldn’t care less whether he’s eaten any veggies or fruits in a given day! I think cheese makes up 50% of his diet! 😛 I’m working on it, very slowly!

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 21, 2010, 9:39 am

    *You’re — I hate it when I make those kind of mistakes!!!

  • Sarah (Enjoying One Meal at a Time) May 21, 2010, 12:49 pm

    Ah, I’m going to have to try that! It looks yummy, healthy and quick. Safe travels!

  • Amanda May 22, 2010, 12:13 am

    Either pronunciation of quinoa is correct according to Merriam-Webster. 🙂


  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 24, 2010, 7:24 pm

    That is a very pretty casserole!!!

  • Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) May 28, 2010, 3:28 pm

    I made this for dinner last night – it was excellent! Huge portions too – I also calculated the NI, and it was pretty great as well.

    Thanks for a great recipe! 🙂

  • Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) May 28, 2010, 3:28 pm

    I made this for dinner last night – it was excellent! Huge portions too – I also calculated the NI, and it was pretty great as well.

    Thanks for a great recipe! 🙂

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