Quinoa Mac & Cheese

Hello friends 🙂

So last night I made another Pinterest recipe, and it was pretty good.  It wasn’t as cheesy and flavorful as I had hoped it would be, but I think with a few modifications it will be better. Here is the recipe I found on this site.

Quinoa Mac & Cheese

Serving Size: Can serve 6-8
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 med. leek white and pale green parts halved and sliced (1 cup)-OR chives are fine too
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato, or red/green pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained (OR you can just use pre-cooked and cut back on the water and cooking time)
  • good pinch of salt
  • a few grinds of seasoning salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups of water (or stock)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup soy milk, non-fat milk, or milk of choice
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese, more for sprinkling- NOTE: (You may find you need more cheese, BUT I use this amount to still keep the dish ‘lighter’ yet very flavorful.)
  • Optional- Crushed Red Pepper, Panko Bread crumbs for topping
  • Toppings (optional)- salsa, hot sauce, sour cream, scallions (you get the picture)
  1. Heat oil in med. saucepan over med. heat. Add leek and tomatoes (or bell peppers-or any veggies you want really); cover and cook 5 mins or until tender. Stir in quinoa and garlic, and cook, uncovered, 3-4 mins, or until grains start to turn opaque.  (They will not fully be cooked yet.)
  2. Add 3 cups water (or stock) and season with salt and the Seasoning Salt (I like Lawry’s or Everyday Seasoning)Cover and reduce heat to med-low and simmer 15-20 mins or more, (depends and also what kind of quinoa you use) or until most liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand 5 mins.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat 13×9 inch dish with cooking spray. Whisk together eggs and milk in large bowl. Fold in quinoa mixture and cheese (if you feel you need more cheese, add here.) Stir very well and let some of the cheese melt. (Will seem a little “soupy”, do not worry, it will all mold together.)
  4. Transfer to prepared baking dish and if using Panko Crumbs or Bread crumbs, add now.You can also sprinkle a bit more cheese on now if you prefer for topping. Bake 25-35 mins, (or until browned around edges.) 
  5. Now you can toss with many toppings, some ideas: salsa, scallions, sour cream,  and hot sauce!  I serve with a side of steamed broccoli or a salad and a nice slice of good hearty bread.
 Divided into 6 servings:  339 Calories per serving.
So modifications, I really think it needs more cheese, I know it won’t be as healthy, but it needs something.  We put a ton of hot sauce on top after it was done cooking, so good. Actually I think the suggesting toppings would have completed the dish, ie, sour cream, scallions, or salsa.  I think its a clever way to trick kids into eating veggies, you can add some shredded carrots in there (I used broccoli as my veggie of choice). Next time I think I will nix the broccoli and add some carrots, diced tomatoes and sauteed onions.
Going backwards in my day yesterday, I had a “preschool” lunch, chicken nuggets, and french fries from home. It was awesome.
Also yesterday I completed another one of my prints for Patti :). She is going to give it to her dad for Father’s day.
I am so happy with the new “H” I found at UVa. Ah its sooooo good! It is now framed and ready to go!
Sorry this post was sort of all over the place, I am kinda scatter brained today 🙂
I hope everyone has a great day!

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