Thursday, July 5, 2012

Quinoa Mac & Cheese

Since my sister is a vegetarian I have been trying to make more healthy vegetarian food for her. This Quinoa Mac & Cheese is a good recipe for her and something meat-eaters will like too. The orginal pin is from a really great blog Iowa Girl Eats.

I had never made quinoa before so I was surprised at the number of steps the recipe required but it was failry easy. I altered the recipe a little to make a little simpler for my irst time with the recipe. Visit the original recipe for a more flavorful version.

What you need:

2 tsp. Olive Oil
1/2 cup diced green pepper, red pepper or tomato
1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained (I unknowingly bought a pre-washed kind which was very convenient)
1 clove garlic
3 cups water
2 large eggs
1 cup milk of choice
1 1/2 cups of grated cheddar cheese ( I will use more next time, it wasn't as cheesy as I thought it would be)


Heat the oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add vegetables (mine were green peppers). Cover and cook 5 minutes.  Stir in quinoa and garlic, continue cooking uncoverd for 3-4 minutes until the grains turn opaque.

Add 3 cups of water  and cover and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has absorbed. Remove from heat and let it stand for 5 minutes.

Now preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then coat a casserole dish with cooking spray.  Whisk the eggs and milk in a large bowl and fod in the quinoa and cheese. Stir very well and let some of the cheese melt. It looks soupy but it will soak up.  Bake for 25- 35 minutes.

I made so much quinoa I needed to mix it up with the leftovers and I really liked it with salsa. I think adding some more veggies would also be really good.


  1. This looks really good. Quinoa is also great as a cold salad... I mix it with some cut up chicken, pineapple chunks, a can of mixed tropical fruit, some red onion and some sesame oil.. it is yummy!

  2. Yum! I'm gonna try this for dinner tonight. Thanks!

  3. Thank you for this recipe. I accidentally grabbed couscous but still made your recipe and it still was very good. I used tomatoes so next time I'll put them on right before I bake it in the oven Bc they cooked down to nothing in the pan and double if not triple the veggies and cheese.

  4. This looks really good. Going to try this weekend and use broccoli as the veggie. Adding chicken sounds good, too.

  5. Yummy!! I am a huge Quinoa fan! I will have to try this out! I have also done blended up cauliflower mixed with potatoes for mashed potatoes. Just sneaking a little extra vitamins in there:) Would you link this up to our blog hop?? I think our readers would love it! Thanks!
    xoxo, Jordan

  6. Our daughter is a vegetarian and this will be a nice recipe to try out. Loves quinoa so let's hope so.

  7. Looks great! I love it when The quinoa when it gets crispy when it gets toasted or baked. It's a great texture! I'm sure baking it and then finishing it off on Broil would make a beautiful crust and nice and crispy and crunchy and add a different texture to the dish!