I think it's safe to say that I despise New Year's Resolutions. Not because the idea of them are bad, but why do we reserve making positive or healthy changes for the start of a new year? I get it...the new calendar does bring a freshness that makes change in that moment seem a little more attainable. But how often do we start a new trend, tradition, or habit just to break it by January 2nd? I know I am guilty of this. That is why I am skipping the resolutions this year.
This dish was so satisfying. Enjoy it alone for a light lunch, or have it accompany some grilled chicken breast for a nice dinner. Whatever you decide, just make sure you make enough for seconds. So...stinkin...good.
Caprese Inspired Quinoa Bake
1 cup Quinoa
2 cups Water
1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
Large handful of Basil
4 oz. Mozarella cheese, diced into small pieces
1/4 Cup Parmesean cheese, grated
1 clove garlic, minced
Aged Balsamic Vinegar, for drizzle
In a saucepan, combine Quinoa and water. Bring quinoa to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Place a lid over the pot and cook for 15 minutes, until water is absorbed and the Quinoa has spiraled out. Set aside.
Halve all of the cherry tomatoes and place on a baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Roast in the oven, 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, just until the tomatoes soften slightly and some juice is released.
In a large bowl combine the cooked Quinoa, tomatoes and garlic. Tear the basil leaves into the mixture, add more salt and pepper to taste, and another little drizzle of olive oil. Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven, 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbling. Remove from heat and drizzle with balsamic. Serve immediately and enjoy.