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Thursday, January 9, 2014

FOOD- Quinoa "Mac & Cheese"

Cheesy Quinoa... like Mac and Cheese, but better for you. Add veggies for an extra nutritional punch.--thinking as a small side dish for the g.f. and diabetics out there

I have never had quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), and I just recently learned about the nutritional value ( so I picked some up. I tried a less fancy variation of this recipe taken from the above link (under the picture). 
Serving Size: 8
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • Veggies of your choice (optional)
  • good pinch of salt
  • a few grinds of seasoning salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup soy milk or non-fat milk
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese, more for sprinkling
  • Optional- Crushed Red Pepper, Panko Bread crumbs for topping
  • Toppings (optional)- salsa, hot sauce, sour cream, scallions  
  1. Lightly saute any veggies you would like in this dish. 
  2. Cook quinoa to packaged instructions until fully cooked. (About 15 minutes)
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat 13x9 inch dish( or 8 individual ramekins) with cooking spray.Whisk together eggs and milk in large bowl. Fold in quinoa mixture and cheese. Stir very well and let some of the cheese melt.  Transfer to prepared baking dish and if using Panko Crumbs or Bread crumbs add now and bake 30-35 mins, until bread crumbs are browned. 
I put together the quinoa, eggs, milk, and cheese with breadcrumbs on top. 

It turned out pretty good! I think it was a little dry, so next time I will try to moisten it up somehow, but the kids liked it, and I liked it dipped in BBQ sauce. 

I'm excited to try other recipes that I've pinned using quinoa! 


  1. You make it so good kids will eat it? I have not had that kind of luck...going to try this way now:)

    1. Well, it may be deceiving because my 1 year old will eat almost anything! But it was pretty good, and with more cheese, I'm sure you could win kids over with it! Thanks for the comment!

  2. Sounds pretty good! I always wish that "quinoa" was pronounced "kwin-oh-ah".

    1. Haha! I agree! I had no idea how to pronounce it until I saw it when looking it up online. I would have said it how you described! :-) I thought it was "kee-no-ah".

  3. In the photo it looks really delicious. Are you saying it needs more cheese to make it so?

    1. The first photo (where I got the recipe from) look fluffier and more moist than mine. Mine was kind of good, but didn't have much flavor and was kind of hard to swallow. I think I did a smaller batch and cut back on all of the ingredients so maybe it dried it out because it was really thin in the big pan. I'm not sure. If you follow the recipe exactly I bet it will turn out great! Let us know if you try it!

  4. looks pretty good. never tasted this dish earlier.

    1. It was very easy! I'm excited to try it again! Thanks for the comment!