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February 17, 2012 10:04 AM
Ok, not to toot my own horn, but I made some OMG quinoa mac and cheese the other night, and had to share. SUPER good for you, and SUPER low in calories. Here's what I did:

Cooked two cups of dry quinoa with 3 cups of chicken broth. (If you're vegetarian, or don't have any, skip the broth, and just add water. Be sure to rise the lil guys off first well!)

Let the quinoa cool for a bit. I put it in the fridge while I got the second part together.

Chop up one leek
Chop up one bell pepper (feel free to add more/less veggies)
chop up and cook/strain 4 pieces of bacon (I used the real deal, but you can sub/omit)
1 cup of soy milk (I used soy, but you can use rice/almond/real/whatever milk too!)
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (I used kraft cheddar with a touch of philly cream cheese)

When Quinoa is cooled, add to the milk/egg/cheese/veggie mixture and fold in.

Spray 9 X11 glass dish; spread mixture evenly.

Bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes (depending how golden brown you want it to be)

slice into 8 pieces. 1/8th should yield about 206 calories.

Sure, it's not super ooey gooey like the mac and cheese from our youth, but it sure hits the spot!

ALSO, I added some leftover crock-pot chicken breasts and added a little bit of buffalo wing hot sauce to leftovers, and ZOMG. Super tasty!
February 17, 2012 10:39 AM
Mmmmm...This sounds Delish! I can't wait to try it out!!!!
February 17, 2012 10:57 AM
This is very similar to a quinoa burger recipe I just tried!

2 cups cooked quinoa
3 eggs
3 tbsp Flour
1 carrot finely grated (or sub zucchini)
1 small onion finely diced
1 cup grated cheese
1/2 cup cottage cheese or sour cream (I didn't have any of either so I left it out...made no difference)
Seasonings...I used 1 tsp chili powder, dash of curry and a tsp of garlic salt...very versatile for any flavor you're looking for

Mix it all together (after letting quinoa cool a bit)..if it's too wet, add a little more flour. Use a 1/4 cup to drop into a hot oiled pan (i spritzed with olive oil between each batch) and flatten to about half an inch thickness. Fry until golden brown, then flip.

You can serve on a bun like a real burger, or a lettuce bed. I just ate mine on their own. Suggested toppings were mayo/ketchup (fry sauce), tatziki...could be anything depending on your flavorings.

When I made it I ended up with 11 patties at 120 calories each (not including the olive oil for frying). Super yummy!
February 17, 2012 10:58 AM
Wow, that sounds amazing! :D Thanks for sharing!
February 17, 2012 11:01 AM
Bump...just bought some quinoa and these sound yummy!
February 17, 2012 11:21 AM
Can't wait to try the burgers!!!
February 17, 2012 11:26 AM
Great idea on the quinoa mac and cheese. Also can't wait to try the quinoa burgers.
February 17, 2012 11:33 AM
February 17, 2012 11:36 AM
Never heard of quinoa! What is it and where can I buy it?
February 17, 2012 11:39 AM
sounds great - thanks for sharing!!
February 17, 2012 11:40 AM
Bump!!!! Can you do this with couscous you think? I need to use up couscous i haven't eaten!
February 17, 2012 11:40 AM
Wow. Never ever thought of anything like this, but I love mac & cheese, but using quinoa instead of noodles...brilliant!
February 17, 2012 11:40 AM

quinoa is a grain (gluten free) you can find it in the gluten free section of the supermarket or with the rices and also in health food stores
February 17, 2012 11:40 AM
February 17, 2012 11:41 AM

Never heard of quinoa! What is it and where can I buy it?

I keep hearing about it but not sure what it is :-)
February 17, 2012 11:42 AM
Ok I am trying both recipies asap!! Yummy!
February 17, 2012 11:43 AM
February 17, 2012 11:43 AM
February 17, 2012 11:43 AM
February 17, 2012 11:43 AM
Sounds yummy :) can't wait to try!
February 17, 2012 11:46 AM
February 17, 2012 11:47 AM
February 17, 2012 11:47 AM
bump was lookign for more quinoa recipes!
February 17, 2012 11:48 AM
February 17, 2012 11:48 AM
I just tried quinoa for the first time this week. WOW - best invention ever! Can't wait to try these recipes.

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