Easy Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a crowd pleaser and this crowd pleaser is a bit healthier than the usual mac and cheese since it is made with quinoa.  Quinoa is a healthy grain-like crop…it is actually a seed and can be found at your local super market.  It cooks easily and quickly. I found the quinoa mac and cheese recipe here. I made some changes to the recipe and have included my rendition of the recipe and directions below. Both husband and friends liked this one!

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1.5 cups of quinoa (we used organic quinoa purchased from Costco), rinsed and drained
  • 2-3 cups of frozen broccoli
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • seasoning of your choice – I used a hickory smoke seasoning
  • crushed red pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1.5 cups of grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 pieces of Ezekiel bread (sprouted grain bread found in the freezer section)

Directions

  1. Marinade your chicken in your favorite marinade, grill and cube
  2. Cook quinoa according to the package instructions
  3. At the same time steam the frozen broccoli
  4. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 13×9 inch casserole dish with butter or coconut oil
  5. Toast the 2 pieces of Ezekiel bread and put into a blender (we used a Cuisinart drink blender) and create bread crumbs
  6. Whisk together the eggs, milk, seasoning, crushed red pepper and garlic. (you can choose to add or subtract any seasoning you would like)
  7. Mix the whisked ingredients with the quinoa, cheddar cheese, broccoli and chicken in the greased casserole dish. (You can choose different meats or vegetables or omit them all together.)
  8. Top with the bread crumbs you created and sprinkle with a little extra cheese
  9. Bake 30 – 35 minutes
  10. Enjoy
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