Quick Quinoa & Queso

The website where I found this recipe called it “Cheesy Quinoa Mac and Cheese,” which I see what they’re getting at, but let’s be honest… that makes no sense and is a bit redundant! I do love her blog though… tons of yummy recipes! Anyways, this is similar to baked mac and cheese but has quinoa substituted in for the pasta. Easy. I even removed some of the ingredients from the original post so now this is literally the easiest meal ever.

For those of you who might not have had quinoa before or know what the heck I’m talking about, quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is super high in protein and is gluten-free. I know vegans, vegetarians, and those who are lactose or gluten intolerant love this stuff. It’s not considered a grain or a cereal or a rice and in my mental grouping it’s similar to couscous.

If you want to try quinoa, you might have to search your local grocery store for it. When we asked the guy at Hannaford he had never heard of it but we were able to find it at Stop & Shop in the natural/organic aisle (you know the one where all of a sudden the aisle signs are earthy green instead of bright orange or whatever… that one).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
    • Follow the instructions on the back of the package to cook
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of cheese (at least)
    • I used mozzarella which is apparently not right, according to Ben. He suggests cheddar… I liked it with mozz so figure out what’s best for you.
  • Optional:
    • Bread crumbs
    • Veggies
      • I’d suggest putting veggies in this recipe because it’s a great way to trick yourself into eating a serving or two of vegetables
Here’s what to do:
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350
  2. Cook your quinoa as specified on your package instructions. This normally involves boiling some water and pouring in the quinoa and letting it sit so while it’s sitting:
  3. Saute your veggies in some olive oil and garlic
  4. Whisk together your eggs and milk
  5. Once your veggies are sauted and the quinoa is cooked, stir them into your egg & milk mix
  6. Stir in cheese and let it get all melty
  7. Pour into greased 9″x13″ pan and sprinkle with more cheese
    • Add breadcrumbs if you so desire
  8. Bake the concoction for 30-35 minutes, until all the cheese is melted and starting to crisp up and the edges are golden brown
  9. Enjoy!
Saute your veggies! Yum!
Quinoa boiling
Milk and egg mixture–doesn’t look terribly appetizing yet
Don’t forget some minced garlic in your saute!
Quinoa+cheese+milk+egg
Now add the veggies
And spread it out… (and then sprinkle on more cheese)
Yum!! Enjoy!
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