"Take the health benefits of quinoa and override them with a ton of cheese. You won't regret it!" — Dezzie
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bread, crusts removed and cubed
salt and ground black pepper to taste
sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
mozzarella cheese, shredded
tomato, cored and sliced
If you like the nutty quinoa flavor, you'll enjoy this decadent preparation.
I really wanted to love this, especially after reading all of the positive reviews. I love Quinoa, and I LOVE mac n cheese, so I thought this would be amazing. However, I really wasn't a fan of the unique Quinoa flavour combined with this dish. I made this twice--once following the recipe (except I used 2% milk instead of skim) and decided it needed a little bit more flavour, so the second time I added some paprika, garlic and onion powder to step 5. I also cut up the tomatoes and mixed them throughout the quinoa, and added some extra cheese, and crumbled bacon over the top. Whole family agreed it was much better with the additions! My husband and toddler both liked it, but as I wasn't a fan, I won't be making it again. Thanks anyway for the new idea!
I followed the recipe except I did not put the bread crumbs or tomato on top. It really was delicious. Very cheesy and creamy. The only thing I will do different next time is make a half recipe. It made a lot. Quinoa is much more filling than macaroni so our family of 3 barely ate a 3rd of it and we all had 2nd helpings.
YUM! Kids loved it!
fantastic! I made it exactly as recipe stated. Next time I will chop up the tomatoes more. Would be great with crumbled bacon w/ the tomatoes too.
Absolutely loved this recipe. Did not change a thing (except I did not add the tomatoes since I am not a fan)! Even brought leftovers into work and gave out 10 copies of the recipe. Before this, no one knew what quinoa was and now they are all running to buy it!
Wow! I just served this for dinner, and my hubby just said "mmm!!!" after the first bite. He'll eat almost anything, but that's a sure sign of a hit. I scaled it down for two, but it's so delish and rich that I split one serving between the two of us with a salad on the side. Oh, darn, we'll have to have this again, cause it took extreme willpower not to scarf it all up. I made it as written but used 2% milk cause that's all I had, and I sprinkled on some bacon lardons (which I always keep on hand, pre-cooked in the fridge) before the tomatoes (one large roma, seeded and diced). It kind of tasted like a classy BLT. Yummy, and a definite addition to the faves! I look forward to playing around with this by using veggie stock and adding diced jalapeños and cumin, then garnishing with cilantro. This is now my fave quinoa recipe. Thanks SO much for sharing!!!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Unhealthy Quinoa Mac and Cheese
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 285
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