Tobins' Tastes: Quinoa Mac & Cheese

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Quinoa Mac & Cheese


We have been trying to experiment with quinoa at our house. We received a bag of it for free in an amazing Bob's Red Mill sampler promotion this summer and I have been trying to find ways to prepare it that we like. We experimented with a few different things and then I saw this recipe on Monica's Fitness and I knew we had to try it. If I can find a way to incorporate a health food into something like mac & cheese, that would be quite a success.

As I was making the recipe I was a little skeptical about how it would turn out. I made a few changes to the original recipe (when don't I?) and I was totally afraid it was too liquidy going into the oven. But I think the extra liquid allowed it to stay nice and moist even after baking. 

We had it for dinner with a salad and Honey Cornbread. Justin topped his with a little salsa and we heated it up for lunch the next day too. Justin even tried it for breakfast with a fried egg on top. All in all, we loved it and will be making it again for sure. 

Quinoa Mac & Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes (or you could use red peppers)
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk ( I used low-fat)
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese (I used reduced fat), more for topping if you like
  • Panko Bread crumbs for topping
1.)  Heat 2 tsp of oil in med. saucepan over med. heat. Add tomatoes (or any veggies you want); cover and cook 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in quinoa and garlic, and cook, uncovered, 3-4 mins. (quinoa won't be fully cooked yet, it's ok.)


2.)  Add 3 cups water and season with salt and/or seasoning salt ( I used Lawry's). Cover and reduce heat to med-low and simmer 5-10 more minutes, or until most liquid has been absorbed. Turn off the heat and let stand 5 minutes.
Right after the water was poured in

After I had finished step 2
3.) Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat 13x9 inch dish with cooking spray. Whisk together eggs and milk in large bowl. Fold in quinoa mixture and cheese. Combine well.  Pour into baking dish and top with panko and I used a little extra cheese for topping too.


4.) Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until top and edges start to brown.



Enjoy!

28 comments:

  1. That looks really good.

    I have some quinoa and never tried doing anything with it besides boiling it. Gonna save this recipe and try it this weekend. Thanks!

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  2. That's got potential :) I just used quinoa once and didn't like it :)

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  3. I have never had quinoa. This looks like something my kids would eat (they LOVE mac n cheese). Thanks for linking up to Fabulous Friday.

    I'm now following you!

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  4. dude quinoa is awesome. i don't know how i'd survive without the stuff. i think a lot of people don't realize you should soak and/or rinse the quinoa before you use it - it often has a bitter "husk" on the outside that needs to be cleaned away. Once that's done, I usually boil it like rice and then give it a toss with some quality balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper and serve.

    that being said.... mac & cheese is my all time favorite food. ever. i'd love to combine the two. you're so clever!

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  5. I never thought to use Quinoa in Mac N Cheese. Great idea. Funny enough, tonight's dinner is Stuffed Chicken Breast with Quinoa :)

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  6. Your recipes look fabulous. Thank you for adding them to the Foodie Friday linky party.

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  7. Hi Kaylee,
    I just love your idea for this awesome Mac N Cheese. We would really enjoy this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  8. This sounds wonderful! I eat quinoa frequently - love a new recipe! Consider sharing with my readers at http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/02/sasss-sunday-salvation-show-lucky-13.html

    Hugs,

    Kathy

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  9. What a fantastic idea. I would not have thought of it but I am glad, you did. Thanks for sharing this with My Meatless Monday.

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  10. such an interesting idea using quinoa. I must give this recipe a try. thanks so much for sharing at Homemaker Monday.

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  11. Fabulous idea! So much healthier than pasta and gluten free too. Thanks for the recipe.
    I just started followin you and would love a follow back on Google friends and Linky!

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  12. I am definitely going to have to try this! Looks yummy! (pinning it now!) Thanks for linking up to Pinned it, Made it!
    Jennifer
    findingmywayintexas.blogspot.com

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  13. ooh, this looks really good! I've been wanting to try quinoa, but I've been a little nervous. This looks like a great starter recipe. Without the Panko, it's gluten free, too, which is perfect for me.:)

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  14. This is a great alternative. I don't use quinoa often (hard to find in my store) but I do like it once in a while. Thanks!

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  15. This sounds really good, I have some quinoa in my cupboard now, so now I'll being able to use. Also makes a great alternative to pasta. Thanks for the recipe.

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  16. Yummy! I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via: www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  17. Saw your link on Adventures of a DIY mom.
    This looks yummy! I'm a new fan of quinoa and can't wait to try this.

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  18. What a clever recipe! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  19. This looks so yummy! I'm always looking for new Mac n Cheese recipes. I'll be trying this one soon!
    -Brandy

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  20. Looks great. I think I'll try it. At 40 something, I haven't had quinoa. This will be something new for the whole family. Wish me luck...

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  21. This is a new twist. I like it! We loved having you join us at "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back next week! -The Sisters

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  22. Thanks so much for linking up with the Recipe Party! I'm following now & hope to see you again Sunday :)
    <3 Ashley

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  23. Thanks for linking up with the Recipe Roundup! This looks like a great, healthier recipe for mac'n'cheese! Quinoa is wonderful!

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  24. I have recently learned to love quinoa. This sounds like something I will for sure make. There is a Blackbean and Quinoa Burger on my blog that you will really like also. Healthy is always good.

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  25. Yum! What an absolutely wonderful healthy twist on a classic!


    It was an outstanding week of talent at Rook No. 17. Thank you for being a part of the creative energy and spirit that gives “A Little Birdie Told Me…” wings. Hope to see you again at this week’s party!

    Jenn

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  26. I really love this idea and it looks so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

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  27. I'm dropping by as the guest judge on The CSI Project this week. This looks amazing. I love quinoa and love mac & cheese so this is perfect. And it uses ingredients I generally have on hand. WIN! I'm pinning this for future reference.

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  28. This was delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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