Pizza quinoa casserole is a one-pan dinner that doesn't even require pre-cooked quinoa! Everything gets cooked at once in the oven, making one delicious, convenient, weeknight dinner. (It's a great healthy freezer meal and meal prep option, too!)
2cupschopped boneless, skinless chicken breast(approx. 1 lb - chop into small, half-inch cubes)
½tsp black pepper
1cupshredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1ozturkey pepperoni (optional)
¼cupfresh basil, julienned (optional)
any other desired "pizza toppings" (i.e. mushrooms, peppers, onions, spinach, etc.)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine all "casserole base" ingredients in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 60 minutes.
Remove casserole from oven and fluff the quinoa mixture with a fork. Smooth into an even layer.
Spread the top of the casserole with a thin layer of tomato sauce and top with cheese and any desired pizza toppings (like turkey pepperoni).
Place back in the oven (uncovered) and bake an additional 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
Top with any fresh toppings, like fresh julienned basil, and enjoy.
Nutrition information is for the recipe as pictured, with turkey pepperoni and fresh basil.To make dairy-free, substitute your favorite dairy-free cheese or omit entirely.To make vegetarian, omit chicken (can substitute something else like cannellini beans).