This sort of dish is a catch all for vegetables. You can interchange and mix the veggies according to what's at hand. Frozen peas, spinach and corn go very well with it. All the vegetables are optional. Of course, real milk can be used or any unsweetened non dairy milk. Flax seed in added as extra nutrition and as a substitute for when I didn't have enough eggs. It worked out so well that I kept on using it and didn't have an "eggie" taste to the dish so it's not like a quiche.
Fresh Parmesan cheese tasted better then pre shredded. This dish works very well with fresh herbs. Basil works as well when accompanied with thyme so if you have it feel free to add it in but not necessary. I had to double the recipe to fill up a 13 x 9 baking dish. Can easily be cut in half. The images shown here are of the 1/2 recipe. Expect your serving to be more then shown in picture.
- Can be made ahead of time and reheated easily.
- Fezzes well.
- Will take whatever vegetables you throw in!
VEGETARIAN QUINOA BAKE !
1 c chopped spinach
1 c uncooked quinoa
1 c onion chopped
2-3 tbs thyme
1 cup corn
4 garlic cloves
2 fake sausage sliced (optional)
2 tbs flax seeds (optional)
2 c almond milk
1 tbs salt
1 tbs ground black pepper
4 oz Parmesan cheese (fresh is better)
Baking time: 45 min covered, then 15 - 30 uncovered
Preheat oven to 350 °
Butter / oil / spray dish and set aside.
Cook onion and garlic in a pan until soften. Remove from pan into medium bowl. Cook fake sausage to brown or to desired darkness. Remove from stove and into medium bowl.
In large bowl combine eggs, milk and whisk together. Add salt, pepper, thyme, and remaining ingredients into bowl and whist together, including the uncooked quinoa. Pour mixture into sprayed baking dish and tap a few times. The qunioa will fall to the bottom of pan. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of mixture.
Place aluminum wrap over the baking dish. Bake for 35 - 45 min. At this point the dish should be stiff. Check the middle and top of dish for any softness with a fork or a knife. It needs to be free of liquid and firm in the middle. Remove aluminum wrap and bake for 15 - 30 min or until it starts to brown on top.
Serve whole hot!