Pinterest's Top Casserole Recipe Is Equal Parts Indulgent and Healthy
Quinoa + chicken + casserole = a Pinterest win. Over 325K people have saved this creamy casserole recipe, making it the top pinned casserole in the network. The combination of healthy ingredients (quinoa, broccoli, and chicken breasts) and indulgent ones (a milky sauce, bacon, and cheese) fuse together for a comforting weeknight meal we had to learn the story behind and then make ourselves.
Lindsay Ostrom, the blogger behind Pinch of Yum, developed this creamy chicken quinoa and broccoli casserole recipe (pictured left) because she knows the struggle to eat well during cold months is real. “I wanted [to make] something that was comforting but also loaded with good-for-you ingredients (quinoa, chicken, broccoli, etc.),” she tells Brit + Co in an interview. Also noteworthy: This casserole does not rely on any shortcut ingredients. She emphasizes the importance of making things “from scratch with minimal time and effort.”
The recipe has gone on to become a massive success on Pinterest, and the recipe page itself has sparked quite the conversation — 875 comments, to be exact. She says she thinks people have gravitated toward this recipe because it’s “comforting for those cold months but you don’t feel totally awful after eating it.” The intro for the recipe sums it up best: “This baked goodness is the antidote to winter.”
We did adjust a few things in this recipe (our version is pictured left). Instead of combining the milk and flour together in a sauce pot (which can sometimes lead to a lumpy gravy), we started with making a roux sauce, which requires whisking together equal parts fat and flour until it toasts up. We reduced the amount of liquids slightly because quinoa really only needs twice the amount of the milky sauce in order to puff up into tender bits. And then, because we just couldn’t help ourselves, we did add more bacon, cheese… and broccoli to the mix. We think it only improved things! Here’s our version, which we’re dying to make again already.