Healthy Recipes

Quinoa and Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is an all-time, crowd-pleasing, comfort-food favorite, and it’s no surprise why. If you’re looking for a guilt-free option, substitute the empty-calorie pasta for nutrient-rich ingredients like cauliflower and quinoa. Then add cheeses like ricotta, parmesan and cheddar for an extra boost in protein, calcium and vitamins.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 head cauliflower chopped into florets
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 4 cups dried and rinsed quinoa
  • ¾ water
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, pick your favorite
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What you’ll do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Steam the cauliflower for 10 minutes or until tender. Remove and drain. In a blender, combine the cauliflower, salt, pepper and mustard. Blend until smooth, adding milk slowly until the consistency is smooth and thick.
  3. In a small pot, boil the ¾ broth or water. Add the quinoa and cook for 12-15 minutes or until fluffy.
  4. Transfer quinoa into a large mixing bowl. Pour cauliflower mixture on top. Fold in 1 cup of cheese. Transfer mixture into a baking dish. Top with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is toasted.
  6. Let cool and enjoy!
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