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Cheddar Quinoa

This recipes comes to us from Bri DeRosa at Red, Round or Green who writes on her blog: “This quinoa tastes very much like macaroni and cheese… it’s delicious, and I had to stop myself from eating it straight from the pan but it’s a quick fix, made with just a few ingredients, and  low-labor.” We agree! Plus, at $1 a pound, quinoa is a grain that’s both cheap and nutrient dense. Not only is quinoa a complete protein, but compared to other grains it’s higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc. This recipe is also a great gluten-free alternative to regular mac and cheese, so eat up!

 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed thoroughly and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa, milk, salt, and pepper
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Reduce heat to low, and allow the quinoa to simmer, covered, until cooked through and the liquid is absorbed (about 15 minutes)
  4. Stir in the cheese and butter until thoroughly melted and creamy
  5. Serve immediately

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