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Monday, March 26, 2012

Quinoa n' Cheese

This fantastic dish gives you all of the yummy flavor and cheesiness of Mac n' cheese, but with more nutrients, fewer calories, and less work. The one thing to be aware of is that quinoa has a slight bitter, earthy taste, but if you rinse it thoroughly, it's not too noticable.

Quinoa n' Cheese
makes 2 large servings
modified from Around the Table

3/4 cup dry quinoa, rinsed well and drained (instructions)
a pinch of salt
1 clove of garlic, minced or crushed
1 egg
1/2 cup of milk
3/4 cup cheddar cheese

Seasoned breadcrumbs
Parmesan cheese (or other toppings of your choice like BACON)

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
2. After rinsing and draining quinoa, cook it according to instructions on box
3. Whisk egg, salt, garlic, milk; add cheese
4. Gently combine quinoa with egg mixture until consistently mixed
5. Portion mixture into oven-safe bowls or ramekins and top with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, or whatever other things you want
*Protip: Put your ramekins on a cookie sheet so they're easier to put in and out of the oven
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until breadcrumbs are browned, let cool for about 15 minutes and serve

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