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Quinoa mac and cheesy

Posted Feb 13 2013 2:49am

I’ve been really excited about doing this post for awhile now. Not for any particular reason, but because I was kind of using it as motivation to try something new. If you asked me a couple of months ago if I would eat quinoa, I would have laughed in your face. Maybe thrown in a big eye roll for good measure. But not anymore.

Without further ado, I bring to you another recipe installment of WIAW, brought to you by Jenn @Peasandcrayons .


I asked my roommate if we could make this a few weeks ago after seeing it on pinterest and our schedules have just been off-the-chain opposite (that made sense in my head… just go with it). I’m pretty sure her eyes bugged out of her head at the request. I don’t ask to try new foods. I knew that if I made it with her, it wouldn’t seem as “scary” because if I don’t like it, there’s always someone else around for leftovers.

Monday night was the big day. She left me in charge of finding a recipe since I’m much pickier than she is, and I chose one that’s pretty plain. The closer it got to cooking time, the less excited I became. I was getting nervous, which is ridiculous since I had leftover pizza and a burger in the fridge waiting to be eaten as backup. I found this recipe and was instantly re-excited about it. Hellooooo it’s a Rhode Island food blog. What’s not to love? I love everything about RI and I love food so it just started out as a good sign.

  • 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 (we used garlic paste instead since that’s what we had in the house).
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup soy milk or non-fat milk (we used 2% since that’s what my roommate drinks and therefore what we have in the house).
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese, more for sprinkling
  • A large handful of skim mozzarella for topping (added by us to make it more “original”…jokes we just wanted more cheese)
  • Optional- Crushed Red Pepper, Panko Bread crumbs for topping
  • Toppings (optional)- salsa, hot sauce, sour cream, scallions
  1. Lightly saute any veggies you would like in this dish.
  2. Cook quinoa to packaged instructions until fully cooked. (About 15 minutes)
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat 13×9 inch dish with cooking spray (or butter).
  4. Whisk together eggs and milk in large bowl. Fold in quinoa mixture and cheese. Stir very well and let some of the cheese melt.
  5. Transfer to prepared baking dish (we used a brownie pan) and if using Panko Crumbs or Bread crumbs add now and bake 30-35 mins, until bread crumbs are browned.

It came out looking like this:

yes, it was a snapchat to one of our friends

yes, it was a snapchat to one of our friends

I started with a teeny tiny forkful of it on a small plate just to see how I’d like it. I went into it thinking I would absolutely hate it. At first I wasn’t really crazy about the flavor but then I was like… wait, this isn’t so bad. So I went back and got another more sizeable portion and ate that pretty quickly too.


And before you all throw things at me through the screen for using a “baby fork” like Chelsie almost did, hear me out. It began as a joke between my friends and I because I always complained about how big the forks were in the dining halls. I grew up eating with salad forks because my mom just preferred them and I really hate eating with a big fork. I got it for secret psycher or something and I use it occasionally but the majority of the time I eat with a regular sized salad fork since that’s what I’m used to.

I do not use baby silverware to “fill me up” faster or anything like that. It has nothing to do with disordered eating patterns and do not try to tell me otherwise because that is just flat out not the case. 

Whew. Glad I got that off my chest. I just had a feeling that if one person noticed it, others would notice too and get the wrong idea.

I won’t say I absolutely loved it and it certainly doesn’t replace my love for some good old fashioned mac and cheese but I tried it and didn’t hate it. I may even eat it again, who knows? Anyone who says it tastes exactly like the real thing is flat out lying to you but if you don’t really compare them to each other, it ends up being a pretty good meal!


Have you ever tried a recipe that you were really unsure of and ended up loving?

I need some more ideas ;)

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