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dinner party with friends

Dinner With Friends

I don’t know if this is a typical 20-something problem, but I tend to get caught up in my own life and not always make enough effort to maintain friendships. Now that we’re all out of college, we don’t live two streets away and we have to make time to hang out. A few months ago my boyfriend and I had dinner with his college roommates and their girlfriends. Ever since, we’ve been trying to make a habit of getting together once a month for dinner to catch up and stay in touch. But with everything going on with Visa, I wasn’t really feeling very social and didn’t really want to go. But we’d had it on the calendar for weeks, and I felt guilty cancelling at the last minute.

So I shook off my funk [or least, I tried to] and made a new dish to share with everyone: Broccoli Quinoa Casserole. I’ve been shamelessly using my Pinterest Board to organize recipes, and it’s been a lifesaver. I scrolled through all the pretty pictures and picked one that looked yummy, yet healthy. I’d never tried quinoa before, but I’d heard good things on some cooking shows I watch [who doesn’t love Chopped?!]. In case you’re unfamiliar:
Like oats, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it a complete protein source. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest. – Wikipedia
I slightly modified my recipe from original on Eating Well… Living Thin and it was a huge hit! I didn’t even have any leftovers to bring home; just an empty dish to clean! So if you’re looking for something fairly easy to make that tastes great and is healthy too, try this one out!

cooking Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole by Eating Well, Living Thin

(Slightly Modified) Ingredients

  • 1 can of low-sodium, condensed Cream of Broccoli Soup
  • 1/3 cup of reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of fat free milk
  • 1 1/4 cups of reduced-fat cheddar shredded cheese
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of broccoli, cooked
  • 1 1/2 cups of Rosemary/Olive Oil Quinoa
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, to taste

Cooking Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook quinoa mixture according to the instructions on the box (time: approx. 15 minutes)
  • In a large bowl combine: cream of broccoli soup, mayonnaise, milk and pepper.
  • Once cooked, stir in broccoli and quinoa mixture
  • Pour ingredients into a cooking pan
  • Bake for approx. 35-40 minutes