Quinoa Mac & Cheese

Sorry for my lack of posts lately! The small girl has literally had a big plate these last few weeks.

I stumbled upon a Quinoa Mac & Cheese recipe a few weeks back on Pinterest (my new found daily source of procrastination) and I thought it was simply genius. There is no better feeling than being able to eat one of your favorite comfort foods- guilt free.

Mac & Cheese Quinoa (Serves 8 )

1/2 cup diced tomato

1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained

2 cups water

1/2 tsp seasoning salt

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 large eggs

1 cup milk

1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese (plus more for sprinkling)

1/2 cup of Panko or Bread Crumbs

 

Start by sauteing the garlic & tomatoes in a few tea spoons of olive oil. After a few minutes, add in your Quinoa (I always rinse mine before). Toast your Quinoa with the 1/2 tsp of seasoning salt for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

Next add in the 2 cups of water. Cover the pan & let the Quinoa cook for 15 minutes. Once ready, the Quinoa should be light, fluffy & tender at taste.

In the meantime- make your egg mixture by combining 2 eggs with 1 cup of milk.

Stir the cooked quinoa, eggs and milk together. Finally, melt in the cheddar cheese.

Transfer the Quinoa mixture to a casserole dish and top with bread crumbs & more cheddar cheese (if desired). My Quinoa fit perfectly in a 9 x 13 dish.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes (cover with foil for the first 20 minutes and then cook uncovered for the remaining 10 minutes).

..and voilla! Baked Quinoa Mac & Cheese.

 

-R 

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