Whenever I get a craving for something super decadent, my first thought is how to achieve the same taste but in a healthier way.
So immediately after an intense craving for macaroni and cheese, I took to Pinterest to find something that would satisfy.
I needed a mac and cheese substitution. It had to be healthy, simple and contain ingredients that I already had.
Quinoa? Check. Cheddar? Check. Veggies and garlic. Check, check.
This recipe for "Faked" Mac and Cheese tastes rich and decadent like real southern baked macaroni and cheese, yet is actually full of protein and much lower in white-processed carbs than the traditional pasta favorite.
Quinoa-source of complete protein, high in magnesium, phosphorus, and fiber.
Broccoli-protects against cancer, promoted stomach health, high in calcium, and boosts immune system.
Not only is it super easy to make, but it would make the perfect side dish to some of your other favorite comfort foods: meatloaf, roasted chicken, or even a light salad. But trust me, it's rich and satisfying enough all on its own!
And with all the health benefits of quinoa, you can feel good about eating this cheesy casserole. Give it a try!
"Faked" Mac n Cheese
- 1 cup veggies of choice, steamed
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa
- Pinch of sea salt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup of milk of choice
- 1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a casserole dish and set aside. Cook quinoa as directed on package. In a bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Add in hot quinoa, steamed veggies, and remaining ingredients. Fold mixture until thoroughly combined.
Transfer to prepared casserole dish, and top with some additional shredded cheddar.
Bake for 35 minutes, until top is golden brown.