Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Casserole

Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Casserole

This is a vegetarian dish that I adapted slightly from the original recipe found on ifoodreal.comDSC_0156DSC_0161DSC_0163

Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Casserole

  • Servings: 8-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced thinly
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups milk (I used 1%, but any type of milk is fine)
  • 2 cups artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 4 large handfuls fresh spinach
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Cooking spray (I use Pam Olive Oil cooking spray)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized pot, add quinoa, water, and a pinch of salt. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 12-15 minutes
  3. Preheat a large, non-stick skillet on medium heat and swirl extra virgin olive oil to coat. Add onions and garlic, saute for about 2-3 minutes, until translucent.
  4. Spray 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together milk and cornstarch. Add to skillet with the cooked garlic and onion.
  6. Add artichoke hearts, spinach, parmesan cheese, ½ cup of mozzarella cheese, quinoa, pepper and salt to the skillet. Stir until cheese is melted.
  7. Trasnfer mixture to sprayed baking dish, level and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.

Zero Motivation…but got it done.

Hi, all!

I worked Saturday night, slept about 4 hours on Sunday before getting up and getting things done, and then went to bed early after the Superbowl. Needless to say, I was EXHAUSTED when my alarm went off this morning, and I definitely hit snooze more than I’d like to admit…

So I didn’t get my workout in this morning.  Spent the whole day feeling sluggish and tired, despite my morning shakeology.  Did I let that stop me?  Almost…I had NO motivation and thought about skipping my workout.  But you know what made me come home and hit play?  My CHALLENGE group.

Yes.  It’s true.  Challenge groups give you motivation and accountability that you would never have on your own.  I knew my challengers were expecting a post from me, especially since one of my biggest rules is to NEVER miss a Monday workout!  So, I came home, and hit play.

I’m SO glad I did!  Another Hammer & Chisel workout done, and I have felt strong, energized, and accomplished since then.

I host challenge groups monthly – so if you want to make healthy lifestyle changes, improve your fitness and nutrition, please contact me!  My challenge groups provide motivation, inspiration, accountability and guidance in a JUDGEMENT-FREE zone.

~Coach Michelle


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Hi there! 

My name is Michelle and I am a Team Beachbody coach committed to helping others reach their health and fitness goals.  I’m new to the blog world, but going to give this a shot!  On this site you’ll find:

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