Thursday, August 9, 2012

Quinoa and Cheese {with Brocolli}

Just like the average Mac and Cheese, this recipe swaps out the noodles in replace of quinoa.  Chopped brocolli makes it the perfect side dish, and a thin layer of panko bread crumbs adds a slight crunch.
We all loved it, including my 3 and 6 year old boys.

Quinoa and Cheese {with Broccoli}
Recipe modified and photo from Around The Table

1 c. quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 c. water
1 chicken bouillon
1 1/2 c. chopped broccoli
salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic
2/3 c. milk
1 egg
1 c. grated cheddar cheese
1 c. grated pepperjack cheese
Pando bread crumbs

Bring water and bouillon to a boil.
Add quinoa and cover.
Simmer for 15 minutes over low heat.
Add broccoli to the top of quinoa, cover again and continue to simmer until quinoa is cooked, about 5 minutes more.

Meanwhile, whisk egg and milk together and grate the cheeses.
Remove pan from heat.
Stir broccoli into quinoa and add salt and pepper to taste.
Add egg/milk mixture and cheese to pan and stir until cheese is just melted.
Transfer to a greased 8 or 9" square baking pan.
Top with a thin layer of panko bread crumbs.
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes, until crumbs are just golden.

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