Good as Grandma’s Broccoli and Biscuit Casserole

Good as Grandma's Broccoli and Biscuit Casserole
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INGREDIENTS
  • Broccoli Casserole
  • 2 inch medium organic yellow squash sliced into 1thick rounds (approximately 2 lbs)
  • 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes use a jar that has them soaking in oil
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 teaspoon salt
  • cups low sodium organic chicken broth sub vegetable broth for vegan
  • 1 inch large head broccoli cut into 2 florets (approximately 3 cups)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup bulgur wheat sub quinoa for vegan/gluten free
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet white onion small dice ( ½ inch)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ounce roasted chicken meat pulled and roughly chopped (approximately 3 cups. Sub 1 15can chickpeas for vegan)
  • Almond Flour Biscuits (adapted from Elana's Pantry)
  • 2 ½ cups almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 organic, free-range eggs sub flax eggs for vegan: 2 tbsp flax meal plus 6 tbsp water, sit 10 minutes
DIRECTIONS
Broccoli Casserole
  1. In a high speed blender, combine squash, sundried tomatoes, tahini, nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon salt and broth. Puree until completely smooth.
  2. Cook broccoli: Fill a large pot with 4 quarts water and heat to boiling. Add 1 teaspoon salt. When water is boiling, add broccoli florets and cook for 90 seconds. Empty into a colander and rinse with cold water until florets are room temperature. Set aside.
  3. Cook bulgur: Heat 1 cup water and 1 cup broth to boiling. Add ½ teaspoon salt and bulgur. Stir quickly, cover and remove from heat. Allow to sit 20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Use a fork to fluff.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Heat a large dutch-oven or deep sauté pan to medium-high. Add olive oil. When oil is shimmering, add onions and garlic. Sauté until translucent and fragrant, approximately 3-4 minutes. Take care not to leg garlic burn.
  6. Add broccoli florets, chicken, bulgur and 2 ¼ cups squash mixture. Stir together.
  7. Top with almond flour biscuits and bake for 35 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown around the edges.
Almond Flour Biscuits
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, maple syrup and eggs.
  3. Add wet to dry and stir to incorporate. Form into a large ball and use a ¼ cup measure to make biscuits for casserole.
  4. Biscuits should be approximately 3 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick.
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  • Laura

    Laura, Everything looks so delicious! So my questions is, when you go out for dinners, how do you order? Do you tend to get what you want because you know you deserve a splurge and eat healthy the majority of the time anyway? Or do you lean towards ordering the healthier meal option? Or is it more about portion control? I am just curious about this for myself also because I want to start to try to not focus so much on calories (anyway it adds extra stress in an already stressful world!) So if you can give some tips on how you plan out your week/eating out nights- I think that would be so helpful!! Thank you so much. xoxo.

    • Laura Lea Goldberg

      Hi love! Great questions. I don’t really plan anything when I’m going out. I’ll look at the menu beforehand, but then I just choose whatever sounds yummy to me. If I want a burger, I’ll get it. I don’t think of it in terms of “deserving” or “splurging”–for me, this thinking creates a sense of right and wrong, good and bad. Food isn’t good or bad, it’s just food! And there shouldn’t be any guilt associated with choosing what you really want. So big picture, if I’m craving the healthy option I get it, if I’m craving something less healthy I get it, but I don’t “make up” for it the next day; I just go about my life as I usually do. I hope this helps xx

      • Laura

        Well this sounds like such a wonderful way to live! I recently put on 30 pounds from my honey moon believe it or not (we went to Italy and ate and drank everything!) Although it was the BEST time in my life thus far, It took 3 months of really hard work for us both to lose those 30 pounds and get back on track. I guess that is why I tend to stress more with my food. I love your answer and I think it’s great but let me ask, do you do this in moderation (portion control)? Or whenever you have a craving you indulge? Because I am a big time foodie! I have an Italian and Spanish family and food is a huge part of our life but reaching the age of 33 I had to learn to say no to a lot of things. And counting is truly what saved me. Exercise and counting calories. I have reached my goal weight and I want to live in a more relaxed lifestyle when it comes to food! Which it seems you do very well (not sure if you had any weight gain issues in your past). I appreciate you sharing this with me. And I am purchasing your cookbook right now actually! haha. I like your laid back way of thinking. And I am READY to be at that point.
        Just remember any tips you may have in this department could be very helpful for me and others. Thanks Laura!!! You’re the best!

        • Laura Lea Goldberg

          Hi again sweets!!! Truthfully, I really can’t give you specific tips, because I’m not a professional in that area. I’ve also never dealt with weight gain or portion control issues. I think maybe it would be great for you to work one on one with the dietitian, who can help you figure out the right plan for your body. Do you want me to suggest some people? Xo

          • Laura

            yes definitely! and I will just take that long last comment down hehe. thanks!

          • Laura Lea Goldberg

            Great! Email me and I’ll send Recs lauralea@llbalanced.com.