Vegan MoFo: Quinoa Casserole

Eating whole foods can make for an energy-sapping day if not done correctly. What I'm learning in my Whole Life Challenge is that there needs to be a balance with fresh fruits and vegetables with other high-protein foods, since grains and gluten are out of the picture. I have been taking advantage of the great staying power of legumes and quinoa lately and exploring different ways to prepare them.

This week I have been snacking on Pizza Quinoa Casserole, a quick & simple dish that satisfies on a comforting level as well as keeping my tummy happy and energy high during the day. All sorts of ingredients can be added to this recipe to mimic your favorite pizza toppings - all without the gluten and with tons of protein!

I also made Lentil Sloppy Joe's. Although not being hugged by wheat buns, this mixture is great on its own. It reminds me of the Sloppy Mac & Cheese made at the wonderful, local Ms. Julie's Kitchen, which I miss so dearly...

What protein-powerhouses do you stick to when you need to curb your hunger?