Marco looooves casseroles, and I have to admit I do, too…because it’s kinda like the slowcooker, you just throw a bunch of crap in there and cook it. Done.
So, I usually keep on hand bags of frozen broccoli and spinach from Trader Joe’s. They’re a pound each and less than $2. And when I really don’t know what to cook for dinner, this is what I do (modified from this recipe):
1 bag (16 oz.) of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 bag (16 oz.) of frozen broccoli, thawed and drained
2 cups of milk (I use either almond or Lactaid)
1/2 cup of onion, diced
2 tablspoons of butter
3 tablespoons of rice (or other gf) flour
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup of mayo
1 to 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (I buy Trader Joe’s brand sharp chedder, around $2.50 a block)
Salt, pepper, garlic powder
1 cup of rice cereal, crushed
Take out your frozen veggies and place in the sink to thaw. Preheat the oven to 350.
In a pot on the stove, melt the butter and saute the diced onion until translucent, then add the flour and stir until absorbed. Let it cook for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly to keep from burning. Then add the 2 cups of milk, plus some salt and pepper to taste (I find Lactaid to be quite sweet, for example, so I always add a little extra salt). Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, stirring often until it starts to thicken. (This is a gf substitute for the cream of mushroom soup called for in the original recipe, and can be used for “cream of” anything.) Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, mayo, cheese, more salt and pepper to taste, and garlic powder. Add in the broccoli and spinach and combine to coat. When the “cream” sauce has cooled, add it to the broccoli and spinach and stir to coat.
Lightly grease a baking dish (I think mine is 7″X9″), pour in your casserole stuffs, and cover with the crushed rice cereal. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until set and the rice topping has browned. Let cool for a good 10-15 minutes before you cut into it, give it time to settle and thicken or else it might be a bit runny. And hot.