I tried Quinoa, for the first time, a couple of weeks ago and I have to say I really like it! I love the texture of it and the subtle nutty flavor. Most of my kids enjoyed it as well. A couple of them were still a little unsure, so I decided to give it a go again. While shopping for groceries my little Lillee (5yrs) asked me to make my homemade Mac n’Cheese. Of course I agreed, I mean who doesnt love a bowl ofย  mommas homemade mac n’ cheese!!?? ๐Ÿ™‚ While grabbing the ingredients, my brain wondered and I thought hmmm I wonder what quinoa mac n cheese would taste like? We have done mac n cheese with wheat noodles, quinoa was a different flavor and texture! So I decided to give it a try! This yumminess below is what I came up with! My entire family (with the exception of my son Kaiden, who hates cheese) loved it. Kaiden did try it and didnt gag haha so that was good!
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Quinoa Mac n’ Cheese

  • 1cup dry quinoa
  • 2cups water
  • 2cranks of salt
  • 2 cups cheese sauce **
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese

Cheese Sauce

  • 3cups milk
  • 2Tbsp butter
  • 2Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 8oz brick extra sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 8oz. brick pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3tsp fresh cracked pepper

quinoamacncheese3quinoamacncheese2Please ignore the green milk! All the milk in our fridge was green from St Patrick’s Day on Monday! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Preheat oven to 400F

Rinse your quinoa in cold water and then drain.

Bring quinoa and the water to a boil in a medium sauce pan.

Let simmer, covered, for 15min. or until all liquid is gone.

Fluff with a fork.

Add the cheese sauce and mix together.

Pour quinoa cheese mix into a sprayed baking dish.

top with 1/2 cup of fresh parm.

Bake in the oven for 20minutes or until top becomes golden brown.

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ENJOY!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mmmm my mouth is watering for the yummy left overs of this in my fridge now! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy this as much as my house did!

HAPPY COOKING!!

Beth ๐Ÿ™‚

**the recipe for cheese sauce makes more then 2cups of sauce. I used the remaining sauce over regular pasta, in case my kids didnt like the quinoa ๐Ÿ™‚