“Mac n Cheese” – Quinoa Style

May 13th, 2012

  It is definitely no secret that ever since I tried quinoa quite a few years ago now, I’ve been a huge fan.     I’ve never really got creative with it- but instead generally cook it in broth, and add a few sauteed veggies in to it and serve instead of rice.    I once ate it with gumbo instead of rice (which was delcious in case you’re wondering) and I recently added some seasonings that I got at a Morrocan store to the quinoa when it was cooking- (also delicous).    Aside from that, I really haven’t been really adventurous.

Not too long ago, a friend shared that she’d made a ‘mac n cheese’ version using quinoa and just how delcious it was. She shared Moni’s Quinoa Mac n Cheese recipe, which she had tweaked to her own liking and I filed it away in the back of my mind under “to make” in the near future.

Today was that day- I decided that I would also make my own twist to this recipe- and see how it turned out. The above picture is the result. I did change the recipe- I didn’t use leeks- but instead used yellow and red bell peppers, some pink onions and chives. I used low-fat milk and I lowered it to 3/4 cup, plus added a little hot salsa and some low-fat mexican type Velveeta (around a 1/4 cup). I used low-fat shredded cheese and baked as directed.

The verdict? We loved it. I baked it in a 9 x 13 pan as directed and cut it into 9 squares. There are 6 1/2 squares left over, so we’ll be eating it again this week. Marcel also loved it and said I definitely should make it again. I will.

I also think that it could somehow be made into a great breakfast dish using apples, cinnamon and maybe a few walnuts, so I’m going to see what I can whip up sometime this coming week. I’ll keep yall posted on that result.

4 Responses to ““Mac n Cheese” – Quinoa Style”

  1. Scott Park says:

    Quinoa? Not familiar with it, but if you can put hot salsa and spicy cheese on it, I’m game. :)

    S

  2. Maggie says:

    Sounds wonderful – even the breakkie version!! Yum!!!

  3. admin says:

    Scotttttt!!! You definitely should get some and check it out- It’s a tiny seed- technically but it’s considered a grain. It’s VERY good for you and a powerhouse of vitamins and proteins.. It’s delicious..

    I think Walmart sells it- and I know Whole Foods does, but it’s probably cheaper at Wal-Mart, but then at whole foods you could probably get a small amount to try- It’s really good.. trust me on this :) especially made like I made it above..

  4. admin says:

    Maggie I so love quinoa- it’s one of my favorites.. I also love amaranth, and there are so many grains out there that are delicious..
    and good for you!

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