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#FoodieFriday - Healthy and Hearty Mac & Cheese

Posted on December 02 2016

Looking for a low-carb alternative for Mac & Cheese?

Using quinoa instead of noodles means less carbs and more protein! Additional plus... it's just as good as regular Mac & Cheese.

Bring to your next holiday potluck to wow everyone with this healthy and hearty dish!

Quinoa Mac and Cheese - A lightened up, protein packed version of the classic Mac and Cheese. It is much healthier but tastes surprisingly like the real thing! TheGarlicDiaries.com

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Serves: 8 servings
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese + ¼ cup for topping
  • 5 grates fresh nutmeg
  • ¼ cup whole wheat panko
  • Arugula, chopped (for garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Bring 4 cups of water and 2 cups of quinoa to a boil in a medium pot. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, covered
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt your butter
  4. Whisk in your flour and let that cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, stirring constantly
  5. Add your milk and whisk together
  6. Let this mixture come to a simmer and thicken slightly
  7. Remove from the heat, add your cheese, add your nutmeg, and season to taste with salt and pepper
  8. When your quinoa is done cooking, add it to the skillet with your sauce and mix together
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  10. Pour your "mac" and cheese into a 9x13 inch baking dish
  11. In a small bowl, combine the panko and remaining ¼ cup cheese
  12. Sprinkle this mixture over your "mac" and cheese, enough to coat the top (you don't need to use all of it)
  13. Bake for 10 minutes, turn your oven to broil, and broil for another 5 minutes, or until the top is golden brown
  14. Optional garnish - Arugula: I chopped some and topped the mac and cheese with it - we thought it was wonderful!
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