Healthy twist on the cheesy broccoli casserole childhood favorite with broccoli, cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt and quinoa.

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A couple of months ago, Chobani reached out and sent a case of plain Greek yogurt (large cartons!) to our home to try. We had to reorganize the refrigerator just to fit them in. But I was thrilled. I start every day with a bowl of yogurt, fruit, granola and chia seeds to power through the morning and early afternoon. I also add yogurt to soups like Persian Yogurt Soup, this Pan-Fried Chickpea Salad with Curried Yogurt, my Farmhouse Strawberry Cake , and a little in my Blueberry Coffee Cake. I use a LOT of yogurt.

I spread the yogurt wealth to a couple friends. We all had the same take on Chobani Greek yogurt – fluffy and smooth with a feeling of luxury without the calories. It’s a little on the tart side of average, but that’s fine with me. It actually makes it a stronger flavor ingredient when baked into a recipe. And I’m switching to Greek yogurt, so the timing was excellent.

I had held out for awhile on this decision. Greek yogurt strains out more of the nutritious whey in yogurt, so I wasn’t sure the Greek style would be as healthy. But when I saw the difference in protein, I made the switch. Since I eat almost no meat and only a little fish, I need to be conscious of my protein, a critical building block our bodies need. I aim for 50 grams protein every day, so the extra 8 grams in Greek yogurt compared to regular yogurt is significant.

I’m currently doing some tastings of the various Greek yogurts out there to latch onto a favorite. I really liked Chobani, but I’m curious — What are some of your favorites?

Here’s a Broccoli – Cheese – Quinoa Casserole Tart I made for my column on The Weiser Kitchen on-line magazine using Chobani. It was so good, and full of protein from yogurt, cheese, and quinoa. It’s a grownup healthier version of the familiar gooey childhood favorite topped with Ritz crackers. In this version, mayonnaise is swapped out for yogurt and mixed with curry and cayenne for a warming touch. Heavy cream is replaced by a mere ¼ cup of half and half, and the crackers are nixed. Cooked quinoa is added for additional protein. Go check it out!

For the Vegetarian – Omnivore Table

Add 1 cup of chopped roasted chicken to make this a hearty entree for the meat – eaters at the table. I buy a pre-roasted chicken at the local store, making this a very easy addition for my husband, Carnivorous Maximus.


Note: I was not in any way compensated for this post other than the free product mentioned in the article. I was not asked to write this post, and all opinions contained here are my own.

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  1. apuginthekitchen January 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Really nice tart, delicious. I like Fage Greek yogurt. Chobani is good but I like the consistency of Fage better.
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  2. Rita January 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    Yumm Susan! I will definitely try your tart, thought I’ll use Angostura bitters instead of Worcestershire :o)

  3. Erika January 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    I agree with ^ I love the consistency of Fage. But Chobani is definitely a solid love of mine. Other than that, I haven’t really found any Greek yogurts that really stand out in a good way.

    Your broccoli casserole looks so tasty!!
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  4. The Wimpy Vegetarian January 29, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Thanks so much Erika!! I tried Brown Cow’s last week but I think Chobani still has the edge for me.
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  5. cheri January 29, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Does the quinoa change the texture a bit, maybe a little more chewy? Love this combination.

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 29, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

      Exactly. It gives the texture a little heft to balance out the creaminess of the cheese and yogurt. It really made a difference for me. Brown rice works too, but it give quite a bit more heft, but not nearly as a nice a protein boost. Thanks so much!
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  6. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes January 30, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    This looks so good!! I might add chicken!
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  7. Rebecca February 4, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    One of my teacher friends and I have been trying new recipes and then bringing them to share for lunch. I forwarded this recipe to her (She’s vegetarian; I just don’t particularly like meat.) and said MAKE THIS NEXT WEEK! We had it for lunch yesterday, and it was scrumptious!

    She added some leeks. Oh, my. :) And the curry really makes the dish POP.

    This one is going on my home “rotation” immediately. :)

  8. The Wimpy Vegetarian February 4, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    I’m so happy!!! This is the kind of comment that just makes my day. I made it last night for dinner and made it as a casserole in a casserole baking dish instead of in a tart shell. I ended up adding an extra cup of broccoli because it looked like it could handle it. Adding some leeks is a great idea too!! It’s such a malleable dish :-)
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  9. Oui, Chef February 5, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Love the idea of adding the quinoa here, never would have thought of it, but it makes so much sense.
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  10. cj February 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    Nice ~ Would love to see this submitted at FoodFotoGallery.com so I can share with all my foodie friends :-)
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