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Broccoli Quinoa Mac and Cheese – Supper for a Steal

If you indulged in one to many tacos yesterday, or a chicken chimichanga with beans and rice, not that anyone here did…. then today’s post is for you.

Enjoy a family favorite on the lighter side with this Broccoli Quinoa Mac and Cheese. It’s got no pasta in it and instead is packed with quinoa, tons of broccoli, and a delicious cheesy sauce.

I have been seeing quinoa mac and cheese recipes float around for a while now, but honestly the lazy girl inside of me didn’t want to take the time to cook the quinoa before making the rest of the dish. Clearly you have to do this with regular mac and cheese so I’m not sure what the difference is. The thought of cooking the quinoa must have been too daunting. So I just keep suppressing this idea until the motivation struck.

Well I finally picked up a box of frozen quinoa at Trader Joe’s, just microwave for 3-4 minutes, and got to work on this recipe.

Broccoli Quinoa Mac and Cheese

This Broccoli Quinoa Mac and Cheese made for a fun twist on the traditional. It was a great and filling vegetarian dinner and wasn’t nearly as time consuming to make as my mind was setting me up for. Go ahead and buy the frozen precooked quinoa, it’s worth it!

Broccoli Quinoa Mac and Cheese
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Serves: 4

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 14oz frozen broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Microwave broccoli for 2-3 minutes until no longer frozen, set aside
  3. In an oven proof skillet (if you don’t have one just use a regular skillet and transfer before baking to oven safe dish) melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk and cook, stirring frequently until slightly thickened, about 5-6 minutes. Add onion powder, garlic powder, ground mustard, salt, and pepper. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of cheese, quinoa, and broccoli.
  4. Mix together ½ cup cheese, panko and olive oil. Sprinkle on top of broccoli and quinoa mixture.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and panko is browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Approx cost per serving: $2.02

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