Oh tangy artichokes, combined with ooey-gooey salty Parmesan cheese and tender spinach, how do I love thee?
Let me count the ways:
I can turn you into an adorable breakfast-bite of spinach artichoke mini fritattas, or hot spinach and artichoke dip for some pre-dinner munchin’, ORR I can even turn you INTO dinner with some spinach and artichoke stuffed chicken breasts.
I could go onandonandon with my love but, let’s stop there. Because we have a new obsession to add to the potentially-super-long-list: spinach artichoke quinoa casserole WITHHHH cauliflower alfredo sauce.
AKA: super smooth and luscious, melty cheese swimming in CREAMY, secret-hidden-vegetables-say-WHAA-garlic-y sauce, vibrant, FRESH, HEALTHY spinach and bites of tangy artichokes allllll swirled around with chewy quinoa.
Ummm HI, my name is Taylor and I want to shovel this quinoa casserole into my super-easy-recipe-loving self for all the dinners that remain in my life. ßBOLD STATEMENT. But, TRUF.
Cauliflower alfredo sauce, although it is not new and hot and trendy anymore, it’s still the kind of creamy, saucy happiness that fills your pasta-loving-tummy with all the cozy-feels of a big ol’ plate of BUTTER-CREAM-NOT-HEALTHY Alfredo sauce but, liiike, it ALL VEGETABLES YO’. If you’re one of those suspicious humans who is rolling their eyes at me as I sing the yummy praises of cauliflower turning into sauce and telling you it tastes like it’s cream-laden counter-part, and straight up thinkin’ “she’s lying,” well, I UNDERSTAND YOU.
I was one of you. I was on the outside of the cauliflower-can-do-all-things secret circle. I mean, I was pretty on board with cauliflower mashed potatoes and you KNOW I love me some cauliflower rice, but sauce?
Umm. Nope. Not happening to my face ever.
BUT temptation in the form of Pinterest happened. Real talk: If you see 32 bazillion cauliflower sauce recipes on your screen at once, something in your brain flips and tells you to MAKE IT RIGHT NOW. EVERYBODY IS DOING RIGHT?
The fear of missing out? This girl. RIGHT HERE.
F-I-N-A-L-L-Y stubborn Taylor was all “let’s just do this thang and prove to everyone that they are wrong and I am right about this sauce-y shenanigans”
Peeps. I’m gonna put my big-girl-pants on and admit: I was W-R-O-N-G.
There’s this odd thing that happens when you put a little bit of roasted garlic (<3 <3 <3) tender, golden brown onion, a dash of salt and pepper and a few healthy Tablespoons of salty stock into a blender….then add cauliflower. It’s odd in the fact that you’re eating pureed vegetables are you’re TOTALLY okay with it. Like, on its own. Maybe it doesn’t even need to be a sauce?
Don’t listen to the above sentence. In this quinoa bake, it NEEDS to be a sauce. It’s the kind of creamy that juuuuust binds the chewy morsels of quinoa, ooey-gooey melted cheese and all those bursts of juicy artichokes into that perfect casserole consistency that is scoop-able, warm + so so cozy.
Preeee much we need to just pinky promise that we will all make this for dinner tonight mmkay?
I meannnnn, there is just so much goodness that your face needs to be IN ON.