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.


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

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! 


  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!

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

  3. This looks so yummy! We would love for you to come and link up with us at Your Designs This Time!

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

  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.