Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Quinoa mac & cheese

Review by Lyndee:

1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
Veggies of your choice (optional)
good pinch of salt
a few grinds of seasoning salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large eggs
1 cup soy milk or non-fat milk
1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese, more for sprinkling
Optional- Crushed Red Pepper, Panko Bread crumbs for topping
Toppings (optional)- salsa, hot sauce, sour cream, scallions

Lightly sauté any veggies you would like in this dish.  Cook quinoa to packaged instructions until fully cooked. (About 15 minutes)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat 13x9 inch dish with cooking spray. Whisk together eggs and milk in large bowl. Fold in quinoa mixture and cheese. Stir very well and let some of the cheese melt.  Transfer to prepared baking dish and if using Panko Crumbs or Bread crumbs add now and bake 30-35 mins, until bread crumbs are browned.

This was a bummer for me. I didn’t love it. It wasn’t “bad” but I think I was expecting something cheesier and a closer texture to mac and cheese. This is more like a rice casserole with a slight cheese flavor.  I would add more cheese and some of the optional ingredients or toppings for more flavor next time. I think I will continue to search for a different recipe that might be better as I have heard so many people that love the quinoa mac and cheese. Michael actually liked it and he can be a picky eater so I’m not saying it’s not for anyone, just wasn’t my favorite recipe ever.  

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