Skip to main content

Bacon Cheeseburger Quinoa Casserole

Bacon Cheeseburger Quinoa Casserole

I love quinoa. It is a gluten free whole grain with a wonderful texture. This casserole is perfect for any potluck. It is easy to make, and a great get well gift for a sick friend.

1 package bacon, cooked, drained, and chopped, grease reserved
1 lb. ground beef
2 c. shredded co-jack cheese
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
2 cans petite diced tomatoes
1 tsp. ground pepper
1 tsp. Worcestershire
¼ c. mustard
½ c. ketchup
1 c. mayonnaise
2 c. quinoa
4 c. beef broth

In a medium sized saucepan, cook the bacon over medium heat. I usually cut the strips in thirds and cook the bacon, stirring often, until it is crisp. This takes about twenty minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan when it is cooked and put it on paper towels to drain. Reserve the bacon grease in the pan and add the quinoa and beef broth. Heat the quinoa on high until it comes to a boil. Turn the heat to low and cover the saucepan with a lid. Cook the quinoa until all of the broth is absorbed, about twenty minutes.

In a large bowl combine the rest of the ingredients. Finely chop the bacon and set it aside. When the quinoa is cooked, add it to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Transfer the mixture to two medium sized baking dishes and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Top with the chopped bacon. This recipe makes a lot of casserole. You will have one casserole to enjoy and one to share.


Popular posts from this blog

20 Things…you learn after moving to Florida.

20 Things…you learn after moving to Florida.
1.There is a big difference between a roach and a palmetto bug. Real roaches are the guys from New York. They infest, they are spooky smart, they are dirty and nasty, and you have to work really hard to get rid of them. Palmetto bugs however, are big and creepy and dumb. You usually see them outside at night and they will fly right at your face. They don’t infest because they are native and they can’t survive in our AC temps. 2.Every public indoor place will always be frigid. Most of your friend’s houses will be as well. I take a sweater with me almost everywhere that I go, and if I forget to I regret it. 3.Outside of weather emergencies, weathermen are superfluous. In the rainy season, which is most of the time, there is an eighty percent chance of rain, every single day. The weather man has no idea what time it will rain, how hard, or for how long, and there is no way for him to predict it. You just have to go out there with your fingers cr…

Resolve to be Happy

1. Stay In

2. Read Books

3. Let it go to Voice Mail

4. Write a Letter

5. Dance

6. Invest in Mood Lighting

7. Have Dinner with Friends 

8. Take Walks

9. Bake

10. Breathe Deeply

11. Enjoy your Morning Coffee

12. Play Board Games

13. Hug your Pillows

14. Adopt a New Ritual

15. Look Around

16. Give a Gift

17. Happy Cry

18. Smile at Strangers

19. Cuddle

20. Savor Small Portions

21. Stretch

22. Take Pictures

23. Use Profanity Freely

24. Give Hugs

25. Listen Carefully

26. Beautify your Space

27. Share your Favorite Movie 

28. Laugh Generously

29. Accept Gifts Gratefully 

30. Give Thanks

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

This sophisticated version of pumpkin pie is amazingly smooth & rich. It is also Gluten-Free & free of Refined Sugar. 


29oz pumpkin puree - 1 lg. can
1 stick unsalted butter - softened
8oz cream cheese - softened
5 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c. honey
1 c. GF flour 

Whipped cream:

1 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Honey to drizzle on top.

Making it Happen:

Combine all of the ingredients for the pie in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until well combined. When the batter is smooth, pour it into a greased 9x13 baking pan and bake in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees for one hour.

Allow the pie to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.

To make the whipped cream, blend the chilled heavy cream in a chilled bowl on high speed until it begins to thicken, add the vanilla and continue blending until the cream is thick. 

Plate pie with whipped cream & drizzle with honey. Enjoy!