Quinoa is one of those grains that can really trip up people. This is mostly because although it looks and acts like a grain, quinoa is actually a seed, which makes it one of those nutritious proteins that is low in carbs but high in healthy things such as fiber. Plus, it's crazy delicious, especially when it's combined with other healthy ingredients such as artichokes and spinach, as in the recipe that follows.
For this casserole you could use a concentrated cream soup such as cream of mushroom or cream of chicken. But you've come this far in preparing yourself a healthy meal, so why not just make a quick béchamel? One quick cheat is with the artichokes. It can be very intimidated looking at those cone-shaped vegetables with lots of sharp, pointed (and largely inedible leaves), so save yourself the trouble and opt for jarred artichokes. If they're marinated, you'll boost the flavor profile of this dish even more.