9.29.2014

7 ingredient quinoa "mac" & cheese

7 ingredient quinoa "mac" and cheese | realfoodsimple.com

I really wanted to name this post easy, peasy quinoa-aroni and cheesy. But I decided to go a more classic route - quinoa mac and cheese.

Not only is this recipe simple, it only has 7 ingredients. (Oh, you already know that from the title.) If you were to use regular pasta, it actually only puts you at about 9, so you could still add another veggie or spice.

My intention in using quinoa was not...
Because it is a single ingredient.
It was not for health reasons.
Not because it has all the amino acids.
Not because it is gluten-free.
Not because it is trendy.



The reason I made this with quinoa was simply because I ran out of pasta and had no desire to make some from scratch. So I decided to make my basic mac and cheese recipe with quinoa instead.

Ingredients

2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup milk
1 tsp dry mustard
1 egg
1 cup spinach - fresh or frozen
1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese*
salt and pepper to taste**

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter the inside of a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. In a medium bowl, dissolve the dry mustard, salt, and pepper in the milk.
Add the egg and whisk.
Add the spinach and quinoa and mix.
Mix in all but about 1/4 cup of the cheese.
Place mixture in the casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese.
Bake for ~35 minutes.

*White cheddar cheese has less ingredients since it is not colored. Yes, I totally cheated on this recipe and added some yellow cheddar since I did not have enough white. So I guess technically it is 8 ingredients as shown in my picture but you could totally do it in 7! 

** I hate when recipes say salt and pepper to taste. How are you supposed to know how much salt to add? This isn't raw cookie dough that you can taste. So I added about a teaspoon which seemed like a good amount of saltiness. 


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