Monday, June 16, 2014

The Cheesy Baked Dinner That's Taken Over My Kitchen



My baby is due on Friday people. Friday! What do you think. Will she make it fashionably early? (fashion and time tables are backwards for babies, just in case you were confused) or will she take after me (already?) and be late to everything? I am getting so anxious just waiting. 

I'm excited to share this recipe. I've been making it and craving it all through pregnancy. I love this meal because it is full of all kinds of goodness. Like cheesy goodness and fresh basil goodness and that subtle sweetness of a cherry tomato goodness. Basically it is the perfect meal for the summer.

And....I don't know if people did this to you or not when you were pregnant,. but it seems as if every hour on the hour someone asks me if I am getting enough protein. Apparently that is the only nutrient you have to worry about getting when you are pregnant. And yes all you concerned people, I am getting lots of protein thanks to meals like this, full or protein goodness.






Ingredients

3/4 uncooked quinoa
1 1.2 cup water
1 cup Prego pasta sauce
1/3 cup milk (I use 1%)
1 cup Mozzarella
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 bunch basil
1/2 package cherry tomatoes
2 T garlic
Pepper to taste
2 Large chicken breasts

Directions
1. Cook chicken breast on stove top.
2. In separate pan Add the quinoa water and prego sauce. Cook about about ten minutes or until quinoa is tender.
3. While those are cooking, cut basil into ribbons and cherry tomatoes in half. Add about 3/4 of these and the milk to the quinoa as it is cooking. When it is done, add half of the cheese.
4. Pour the quinoa mixture into a 9x9 baking pan. Add chicken on top. Add the rest of the cheese, cherry tomatoes and basil on top. Bake at 350 about 10 more minutes. If you want the cheese to be extra stringy and have that mouthwatering toasted look, broil for just a couple minutes before taking it out.

I like to serve this with a side of veggies. Right now my favorite is parmesan garlic broccoli. I'll get you a recipe for that soon! 

35 comments:

  1. Ahhh I am so excited for you, good luck with your delivery, I am sure you will have such a beautiful baby! and that recipe looks so yummy!

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  2. Cheesy, basil, and cherry tomato goodness are 3 of my favorite things! I should definitely try this!

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  3. This looks so yummy! We would love for you to come and link up with us at Your Designs This Time! http://elizabethjoandesigns.com/2014/06/designs-time-no-14/

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  4. give me all of the cheese please!!!!

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  5. Yum this looks so good!! I'm going to make it next week. Do you have to use Prego sauce when you're prego? (Hahaha, such a dad joke) Also, I once had a girl I didn't know ask me how I cleaned my teeth after throwing up while pregnant. She was studying to be a dental hygienist and wanted to make sure I wasn't destroying my enamel. People worry about weird things.

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  6. This looks like something my boyfriend would love!!

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  7. Pinning this for sure! Looks so yummy!

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  8. Wow that Quinoa looks delicious! I really want to try that!

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  9. I have never had an interest in Quinoa but that looks really good. Also, she will come when she wants to! Mine were both late, and now they are punctual little people. Weird how things happen like that.

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  10. I'm always looking for new ways to cook quinoa, and this is amazing!! I'm saving this recipe :)

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  11. I hope you have a happy delivery! This dish looks so, so yummy!

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  12. How exciting, not long now! This looks really tasty - I have loads of quinoa and lentils in the cupboard at home. Maybe I could mix the two!

    Katie <3

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  13. Yum!! This looks so good. I've made something similar to this before but not with tomatoes. I definitely want to try this with tomatoes in it.

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  14. Good luck with your baby!! So soon!! This looks absolutely delicious - I am pinning this to make soon! <3

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  15. oh man.. you must be really excited!! and the food looks really yummy! i love cheesy foods. :)

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  16. Yummy! Pinning for later!

    And no, after three pregnancies I've never been asked if I was getting enough protein. Now water... broken record. lol

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  17. My husband would love this, or anything coated in cheese.

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  18. My husband would love this! I'm with Jessica, he loves pretty much anything coated in cheese!

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  19. Oh, how delicious! I just want to try this out! I love everything with cheese, yum!

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  20. That looks so good and I love your photos

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  21. Oh my gosh, can please have this now? I've been looking for more healthy alternatives to pasta and this looks like it fits the bill perfectly. I'll bet I could even trick my boyfriend into eating it, haha.

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

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  22. Dang son, that looks delicious! I am pinning and putting it on my menu for next week so I can try it! Cheese, quinoa, chicken, and tomatoes? Yummy!

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  23. I think this is a dish my husband would love

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  24. I would love to make this. Love quinoa and chicken and it looks so easy to cook.

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  25. Yes! SO excited to try this! We just recently tried quinoa and I've been meaning to try it in other ways! Thanks!

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  26. Ohhh man, this looks too good! I definitely will have to do this without the cheese! Delicious !

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  27. This looks great! We need to get better with the quinoa at our home.

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  28. This looks fantastic. I have never tried quinoa, mostly because the pics never made me want to try it. But this, this I will try and sure the kids and hubby won't mind it either.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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  29. Oh my goodness, this looks so yummy! Can you send me some?! ;)

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  30. Mmmm! This sounds and look delicious. Saving this to try it myself.

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  31. Yum!! I love quinoa but my husband does not!!

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  32. This looks great I cook loads of quinoa as my son loves it so much. Might need to try this :-)

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  33. OMG this looks so good. I need to start cooking more and love quinoa so I will definitely be trying this.

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  34. Finally made this last night. Everyone of us enjoyed it (even Elizabeth, who refused it at first). We'll be having this again.

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