Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Casserole
Senator Kamala Harris was selected to be the Vice-Presidential running mate of Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden today. I had a feeling Vice President Biden would choose Senator Harris however I am not confident he chose an ally that will aid him in defeating Donald Trump. I am proud of Senator Harris potentially making history as a Black woman but have some concerns with her record as California’s former head prosecutor. Politico listed some essential facts about Ms. Harris, one being she loves to cook. I hope you will try my Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Casserole Senator as you consider my concerns about your political record.
I understand you do not relish being called “the female Obama” but I believe the phrase was coined, in part, because of your neoliberal stance on a multitude of issues – the decision not to prosecute current Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for financial fraud in 2013 being one. Mnuchin’s OneWest Bank “oversaw so many foreclosures he would later be dubbed the foreclosure king.” My impression at the time was you had decided to follow President Obama’s example by not prosecuting the Wall Street actors that caused the 2008 housing market collapse but to reward them at the expense of Main Street. The millions of primarily Black and Brown constituents who lost their homes and jobs, the people who still have not recovered financially, are the very same folks you are now asking to vote for your ticket Ms. Harris.
During the presidential debates last year Senator, you said you want to allocate $100 billion towards promoting African-American home ownership. I have to presume your proposal was designed to offset the misstep of allowing Mnuchin to avoid prosecution in California. But someone who should have probably gone to jail is now in charge of all of the nation’s banks. He has gone on to cause even more havoc which should have been expected. Some of his egregious misuse of our tax dollars could have been avoided. OneWest Bank concentrated their foreclosures in communities of color and now you are running on a platform of appealing to Black women. Condoleeza Rice is a Black woman too. But as the young people say, all skin folk ‘aint kin folk. Please let me know what you think of the Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Casserole and since I understand you love Roasted Chicken, try my version of that too or a satisfying Steakhouse Salmon.
Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Casserole
- 1 Medium Heat Resistant Spoon
- 1 Paring Knife
- 1 Cutting Board
- 1 quart Casserole Dish (make sure it is stove top suitable)
- 3 cups Water
- 1½ cups Organic Quinoa
- 1 tbsp Organic Olive Oil or Butter Vegan Butter also works
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Basil Leaves Fresh or dried
- 1 cube Not-Chick'n Bouillon
- ½ tsp Real Salt
- ½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 2 tbsp Organic Cream Cheese
- 3/4 cup Chopped Organic Broccoli
- 1 dash Black Pepper Optional
- Place the first six ingredients into casserole dish and turn the stove to high. Be careful not to allow to boil over.
- Once the quinoa is boiling, turn the heat down to low.
- Cook for about 20 minutes stirring periodically to make sure the quinoa is not sticking to the bottom of the dish.
- Chop broccoli.
- After about 15 minutes into cooking time, stir in chopped broccoli.
- Once all the water has evaporated, using oven mitts, remove the dish from the heat.
- Stir in the cheese and cream cheese.
- Add black pepper if desired. Serve immediately.