You may have seen quinoa around and even started cooking with it without really knowing what it is. Quinoa is a grain-like crop that is grown for its edible seeds. It is considered a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal. It can be used in place of pasta in gluten free dishes or as a source of protein in vegetarian dishes. It is a super-food because it is a whole-grain that is a complete protein, high in calcium, fiber, phosphorus and iron. Quinoa can easily be substituted into regular dishes instead of pastas or rice to add protein and fiber.
This recipe puts a more nutritious spin for everyone’s favorite mac and cheese. It would make a great side dish for your family this Thanksgiving!
- 1 ½ cups quinoa
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- 1 ½ C grated cheddar cheese
- Optional: Try adding a veggie such as broccoli in this dish to make it more nutrient dense.
- 1. Cook quinoa to packaged instructions until fully cooked (about 15 minutes)
- 2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat 13 x 9 inch baking dish with oil or butter.
- 3. Whisk together eggs and milk in large bowl. Add quinoa, garlic and cheese and mix together. 4. Transfer to prepared baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes until cheese starts to bubble.