Summery Corn Quinoa Casserole

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on July 11, 2012

So I lied about staying away from the oven.  I just can’t.  I figured baking this for lunch wouldn’t be as bad as baking it for dinner and the great thing is, it makes lots and it reheats amazingly.  Now that I think of it, it might be good cold too, we just haven’t tried it like that yet.

Every summer I tell myself to wait for local corn because it’s always delicious, where grocery store corn is only sometimes delicious, at least here.  I can never wait.  I should know myself by now.  We’ll be waiting a while longer for local corn so I don’t feel too bad treating myself to some corn from someplace else a little early.

I guess it goes without saying that I prefer fresh corn.  I’m sure frozen would work too, but I much prefer the taste of fresh corn.  We don’t often eat it straight off the cob, and since corn isn’t as sweet when it’s left to sit in between picking and cooking I usually cook it as soon as we get home.  Since I’m not a fan of huge pots of boiling water in the summer heat I usually bake it.  I don’t know if it’s any better but that’s what I like to do.  That way the corn gets a nice caramelized spot where it sits on the baking pan.  Yum 🙂  This would also be amazing if you had leftover grilled corn.

Doesn’t this look summery?  Golden and bright.  Ahh, I love summer food.  OK, I love fall foods more, but lets not get ahead of ourselves 🙂

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1 Heather July 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I love this! Corn at the store can be hit or miss too, but come august we get about 12 ears a weeks in our csa, we have corn coming out of our ears! This would be a perfect dish for all that corn!
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2 Joanne July 12, 2012 at 5:39 am

I really think corn has been especially sweet here this summer and I have been LOVING it! This casserole sounds like the ideal lunch to me!
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3 Kathryn July 12, 2012 at 6:05 am

This looks like such a great way to use corn and is full of such wonderful colours and flavours.
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4 Beth (kitchenminions) July 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Ohh, I was just looking for another make ahead veg casserole! This is added for next week, thanks!
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5 Saree Rentals July 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

I’m becoming acquainted with quinoa and looking for new ways to use it… looks like I found another one!

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