Recipe: Mac N Cheese and Quinoa Bites

Mac N Cheese
Serves 4 people

You’ll need:

  1. 1 bag frozen cauliflower
  2. ¼ cup butter
  3. 1 clove garlic
  4. Pasta (I prefer to use whole wheat pasta but use any shape or type that you have at home)
  5. 2 cups of grated cheese (any cheese or a mixture of different types)
  6. 1 cup milk (or milk alternative like soy or almond milk)
  7. 2 tsp mustard
  8. ½ tsp Pepper
  9. ½ tsp Paprika

Preheat oven to 375.

Step 1: Boil 2 cups of raw pasta until cooked. Once cooked strain off the water and leave it in the pot. (Check the box of pasta for more detailed directions)

Step 2: Add ½ bag of frozen cauliflower to a large frying pan and cook on low-medium heat for 5-10 minutes then turn off.

Step 3: Grate 2 cups of cheese. Any cheese will taste great but I like to use cheddar and mozzarella.

Step 4: Put warmed up cauliflower on cutting board and let cool. We need to chop it up soon.

Step 5: Put 1 minced garlic clove into frying pan, add the butter and cook on medium heat for 3 minutes then turn off.

Step 6: Chop up cauliflower and put it in the pan with the garlic. Turn on heat to medium and stir while heating for 5 minutes or until cauliflower begins to brown. Turn off heat and add the cooked pasta, spices, mustard, cheese, and milk to the cauliflower in a large bowl. Mix it up well and dump it into your cooking dish. (Use a casserole dish or a deep oven-safe pot)

Step 7: Bake in the oven at 375 for 25 minutes or until the Mac N Cheese starts to bubble up and get golden brown on top.

Additionally for a more advanced Mac N Cheese also prepare kale chips and top the Mac N Cheese bake with cooked kale chips during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

 

Broccoli Bites

Makes 12-16 bites

You’ll need:

  1. ½ head of broccoli
  2. ¾ cup uncooked quinoa
  3. 1½ cup water
  4. 1 medium size onion
  5. 2 cloves garlic
  6. 1 cup of grated cheese (any cheese or a mixture of different types)
  7. 2 eggs
  8. ½ tsp Pepper
  9. ½ tsp Paprika

 

Preheat oven to 375.

 

Step 1: Rinse quinoa. (It’s small- this is hard. I recommend rinsing it in the pot you’re going to cook in. Use your hands or a spoon to keep the quinoa in the pot when you dump out the water.

Step 2: Add 1½ cup water to your pot of rinsed quinoa. Turn the heat up to medium and let the quinoa boil for 12 minutes.

Step 3: Mince or puree (if you have a little blender or food processor) the onion.

Step 4: Chop the washed broccoli and garlic.

Step 5: Beat 2 eggs in a large bowl.

Step 5: Add the onion, broccoli, garlic, pepper, paprika and quinoa to the bowl of eggs and stir together. Add the cheese and mix it in well.

Step 6: Add your mixture (of all ingredients) into lightly greased muffin tins. Squish them down with a spoon or a plastic cup. Sprinkle a little cheese on top of each one.

Step 7: Bake in the oven at 350 for 13-18 minutes until the cheese on top bubbles up and gets brown and crispy.

Quinoa Bite recipe inspo credit: http://www.closetcooking.com/2014/04/broccoli-and-cheddar-quinoa-bites.html

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