I am a HUGE Mac & Cheese fan. Give me any cheese, any pasta, and toss it together, and I'm a happy camper. But everyone knows that most any pasta is a carbalicious nightmare, so I was really intrigued when I heard about this quinoa mac and cheese.
If you have never tried quinoa, you are truly missing out. It's a sprouted grain with a lot of protein; actually it's considered a complete protein. What a novel concept. So if you think about it, offsetting the unhealthyish nature of cheese with a superfood really balances it all out, giving you a complete and healthy meal.
You can be really versatile with this dish; use whatever cheese you have on hand or your favorites. I also added a thin layer of bread crumbs using sprouted wheat bread, and that added a nice crunch. I like my pasta spicy in general, so I added Tabasco to this and it was divine. Next time, I think I'll try adding a veggie like broccoli or mushrooms.
Here's the recipe:
QUINOA MAC & CHEESE
1.5 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon garlic salt or minced garlic
2 large eggs
1 cup nonfat milk (or soy/ almond)
1.5 cups grated cheese (or combination of your favorites)...if you want to make it healthier, use nonfat cheese
1. Toast quinoa in thin layer and then cook as instructed (about 15 min)
2. Preheat oven to 350; grease a 13x9 or 8x8 pan
3. Whisk eggs and milk in large bowl
4. Fold in quinoa and cheese into eggs/milk
5. Stir well and transfer to baking dish
6. Bake for 35 minutes
|the fluffy quinoa. i never thought making quinoa would be so easy.|
|all the ingredients|
|the quinoa mixture before the breadcrumb topping and baking|