Quinoa, Spinach, and Kale Lasagna #SundaySupper

      I still find it surprising that my little brother likes to cook and is actually pretty good at it.  He is 30 years old but up until he was 25 or 26 he went to my parents house 4 or 5 days a week to eat dinner with them.  He then had either a frozen meal or a peanut butter sandwich for lunch everyday.

     Nowadays he is cooking all types of different foods and actually coming up with recipes on his own.  In fact, one day last year we went shopping in the Strip District and then made a meal together for my parents.  So when he told me about his quinoa lasagna I was game to try it. We were going to make it while I was in Pittsburgh over the summer but we ran out of time.

    It’s been a rainy, cool fall so far this year and I’ve been looking for a warm and comforting dish.  This week #SundaySupper is all about comfort foods so my brother’s lasagna definitely fits in with the theme.  We’re also excited that Lee Woodruff will be joining us at 7pm for our Twitter chat this week!

     So after deciding to give my brother’s recipe a try he sent it to me and I made a few changes, including cutting the recipe in half so that it fit in an 8 x 8 baking dish.  His original recipe just had kale in it but I had several cups of fresh spinach I needed to use up so I used both in my dish.

     The lasagna smelled amazing.  The combination of the vegetables, quinoa, and seasonings was fragrant and inviting.  It looked pretty coming out of the oven as well.  I did have some trouble getting it out of the pan because the bottom layer was quinoa, but finally managed using a spatula and a wooden spoon.  I thought the flavors and texture of the lasagna worked well together and were a great twist on classic lasagna.  I didn’t miss the noodles at all because the quinoa was filling and starchy.  It was warm, gooey, and comforting on a cold fall night.  I would most definitely make this again so thank you to my little brother for the great recipe!

Quinoa, Spinach, and Kale Lasagna (adapted from my brother’s recipe)
1 c. quinoa, uncooked
2 c. vegetable broth
1/2 onion, diced
2 c. marinara sauce
2 c. kale, cleaned and destemmed
2 c. spinach, cleaned and destemmed
3/4 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
1 c. part skim ricotta cheese
2 T. low fat sour cream
1 T. olive oil
1 t. rosemary
1 t. cayenne pepper
1 t. black pepper
1/2 t. salt
1 t. parsley
1 t. oregano

1.  Cook the quinoa in the vegetable broth per the instruction on the box.

2.  While the quinoa is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add in the garlic and onion and saute for 3-4 minutes.

3.  Add the kale and spinach to the onion and garlic and cook until just wilted.  Sprinkle with rosemary, cayenne, pepper, and salt.  Mix well and remove from heat.

4.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray.

5.  In a small mixing bowl combine 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, the ricotta cheese, and the sour cream.  Mix in the parsley and oregano.

6.  Place half of the quinoa in the bottom of the baking dish.  Pat it down to flatten it.  Layer half the spinach and kale mixture evenly on top of the quinoa.  The layer half the sauce and finally half of the cheese mixture.

7.  Repeat the layers of quinoa, spinach, sauce, and cheese.  Sprinkle remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top.

8.  Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before cutting. 

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  1. My daughter will love this one. You cant go wrong with lasagna.

  2. Lasagna is so comforting. The quinoa and greens in this one is a nice twist to traditional.

  3. Love all of the comfort and healthy things wrapped up in this recipe! YUM!

  4. I love the addition of quinoa and kale/spinach to the lasagna dish! It all sounds delicious!

  5. Lasagna is such a comforting dish, and this sounds different and wonderful! Love the quinoa with the spinach.

  6. I love quinoa–I am so trying this recipe, thanks for sharing!

  7. Awesome, that is clever to use quinoa!!

  8. Lasagna with quinoa instead of noodles? Yes please!

  9. Never thought of doing lasagna w/ quinoa, how awesome!! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. This is such a creative way to make lasagna. I love the addition of quinoa. Yum!

  11. This is such a cool recipe. I’ve never heard of doing it with quinoa. Totally original and fabulous. I love that you can cook with family. That’s awesome.

  12. Love this twist on Lasagna. And I dig quinoa…so I’m gonna give it a shot! Suggestion for how to make it easier to get out of the pan the next time you make it?

  13. I just bought some quinoa with no specific recipe in mind. This sounds perfect. Healthy and delicious! Win win.

  14. What a great combination of ingredients for a healthy and comforting lasagna. Looks amazing!

  15. Love this! How simple, nutritious and perfectly easy! We’re going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you made it, and your photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on greens like kale, chard, beet, mustard, turnip, collard, escarole, dandelion and other green leafies. https://www.facebook.com/Cut.n.Clean.Greens

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  16. I was intrigued when I saw your title. This is a healthy dish that I can’t wait to try. I know it’s chock full of vitamins with all those greens!

  17. Love that you used your brother’s recipe, that’s awesome! how was using quinoa in place of noodles?

  18. You totally have my vegetarian heart, completely. This flavor combo looks delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  19. What a great recipe! It looks so good – thank you for sharing :)

  20. Lasagna is so comforting! I love that you added quinoa and kale. This sounds terrific! :)

  21. I love quinoa so this is going to be a must try for me.

  22. I love Lasagna. I’m thinking I may give this recipe a try.

  23. I always like to eat lasagna. Just the look of it makes my mouth water. This one’s a unique version!

  24. Kudos to your brother and his wonderful lasagna! :)

  25. Quinoa and Kale…yes, please! Grest recipe, thanks for sharing.

  26. What an inspired idea! I adore quinoa and I bet its quite tasty in lasagna.

  27. We’re having lasagna for dinner. I think I might pick up some Kale, we’re overdue to try it. Thx for the share!

  28. Anything topped with cheese is comfort food! This lasagna sounds fantastic…such a great idea from your brother!

  29. This dish could probably make a quinoa believer out of me!

  30. Love this! I’ve been on the lookout for creative ways to use quinoa. Kudos to you and your brother on this tasty creation!

  31. I love how you used quinoa here for your layers. What a great idea!!

  32. I have never ever cooked with quinoa, but this sounds really good! My husband will be SHOCKED, but I think I’ll try it this weekend!!

  33. What a healthy alternative to a regular lasagna. I love quinoa and kale so I am sure to love this dish!

  34. oo some of my favorite things in one dish! Looks great!!

  35. I have never tried Quinoa but it sure looks good.

  36. Recently started cooking with quinoa and always looking for new recipes. This on looks & sounds fab ! Thanks for sharing :)

  37. Fabulous idea for our gluten-free family!

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