Vegan cheesy broccoli quinoa is an easy, one pot dinner made with just a few healthy ingredients! A great simple week night meal that’ll leave you satisfied.
Hi, guys! Yes, you’re on the right blog, and I’m bringing you a savory recipe today. I know, I know, I can hardly believe my eyes, too! But sometimes I just have to accept that I probably shouldn’t eat something sweet for every meal of the day. Plus, with most of the US going through a freaking out of control deep freeze this past week, I’m welcoming warming, one pot, savory and spicy meals with open arms. Open mouth? Whatever.
You guys see all my sweet creations, but don’t get it twisted – ya girl LOVES dinner time, too! I’m especially in love with spicy food, so when I make this I cover it in hot sauce. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s talk about what’s in this lovely soul satisfying bowl of vegan cheesy broccoli quinoa!
For the base, I chose quinoa, but you could definitely use rice or your favorite grain/seed instead. I say seed because quinoa is actually a seed, and it’s healthy AF. High in protein, iron, fiber, and magnesium, it’s definitely one of my favorite foods for the health benefits alone. But the flavor is amazing, too! Also, when a non-vegan asks you the damn protein question for the twelfth time you can just throw a handful of quinoa on them. Actually don’t, cause that would be a horrific mess, but maybe they would actually listen to your response?! I don’t mean that in a rude way, but so many people just cannot accept that ALL PLANTS HAVE PROTEIN. I repeat. All. Plants. Have. Protein. More than enough protein, without all of the other garbage that comes with “animal protein.” But, I digress. let’s move on and talk about these lovely plants!
I cook my quinoa in vegetable broth, because it gives a little extra flavor, but you can use water if that’s all ya got! Stir in some broccoli, and cook until the quinoa has absorbed the stock. Doesn’t take long at all! A note about the broccoli – I ALWAYS use frozen. Because honestly, it’s so much cheaper and then you don’t deal with it going bad. There’s a misconception that frozen fruit/vegetables aren’t as healthy as fresh, but that’s not true whatsoever. You still get all the amazing nutrients as you do with fresh, but it’ll be cheaper and last longer!
Once the quinoa and broccoli are ready, remove the pan from the heat and we’ll add the cheesy components! Cheese made from animal products has been scientifically shown to be addicting, and NOT something you want to be putting in your body.
The health aspect alone is enough to avoid cheese, but then there’s horrible suffering animals experience. Many think the dairy industry is “better” for the animals than being slaughtered for meat, but many would argue the opposite is true. The dairy industry takes calves away from their mothers hours after they are born, so that their milk can be taken for human consumption. The mother calves will often chase trucks that take the calves and bellow and cry out for days. If the calves are male, they are sold to stand in tiny pens and eventually killed to make veal. If they are female, they go through the same misery their mother has experienced – a lifetime of forced impregnation to create milk that humans DON’T NEED. Cause we aren’t baby cows. Ya feel me?
Anyway, I’ve made vegan cheese sauce with vegetables like potatoes, butternut squash, and eggplant, and there are also lots of great store brands. But I have to say, my all time favorite, go to, cheesy flavor is nutritional yeast. Tell me you’ve tried it! It’s super savory, and you sprinkle it over literally any (all, if you’re me) savory food for a slightly cheesy flavor. I’m obsessed with it, and most other vegans will say the same. For this vegan cheesy broccoli quinoa, you’ll add the nutritional yeast along with some mustard and other spices to get that cheesy flavor, which we all know combined with broccoli is going to be a winner. Feel free to use more/less of the nutritional yeast, mustard, and spices – just go with what you like! We’re nooch and mustard fiends around here, so I like it strong.
I’m seriously so happy with how this vegan cheesy broccoli quinoa turned out, I really hope you guys try it! Whether it’s a busy week night dinner or a cozy weekend night in, it’s such a great option for a healthy, one pot, simple meal that’s SO so yum.
Hope you all have a happy, healthy, (warm) day!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!