Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

We love a good casserole here at Fit Mama In 30 especially when it contains quinoa, cheese, and oh yeah... crispy broccoli with panko bread crumb topping! This is a family favorite, and hopefully one at your home as well! It is a little longer than 30 minutes but totally worth it! * Add shredded rotisserie chicken for more protein! 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth or water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed under running water in a mesh sieve for a minute and drained
  • 16 ounces broccoli florets, either pre-packaged or sliced from 2 large bunches of broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • few twists freshly ground black pepper 
  • *optional ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces (about 2 ½ cups) freshly grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  •  1 cup whole wheat parmesan panko bread crumbs (enough to top casserole)

DIRECTIONS:

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper...
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