This versatile dish can be served as a meal or side because its made with quinoa (keen-wah), a complete protein. This fabulous grain tends to pick up surrounding flavors and in this case, GARLIC and CHEEEEEEESE!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring water, quinoa, garlic, and onion powder to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Whisk milk and eggs together in a large bowl. Stir Cheddar cheese and processed cheese food into quinoa mixture until cheeses begin to melt; season with salt and black pepper. Mix quinoa mixture into milk mixture. Transfer quinoa-milk mixture to the prepared baking dish; top with panko bread crumbs.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until topping is lightly browned, 30 to 35 minutes.

Cook's Note:

For more flavor, cook the quinoa in half water and half chicken broth and omit the salt. You can also pump up the flavor by adding ingredients such as tomatoes, red pepper flakes, sauteed veggies, bacon pieces, etc. The milk can be substituted with soy, almond, or skim milk.

The quinoa mixture can also be baked in 8 individual ramekins.

Nutrition Facts

238 calories; protein 12.2g 24% DV; carbohydrates 25.7g 8% DV; fat 10g 15% DV; cholesterol 66.8mg 22% DV; sodium 218.2mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2014
This was my first try at cooking quinoa and I am a convert!! I did saute some diced zucchini and red onion first which I added to the quinoa and some veggie broth as in step 1. (I tasted it at the end of 15 minutes... and I could have eaten it all right then!) I followed the rest of the recipe as written topping with bread crumbs rather than panko (dear hubby shopping foul noted). In the end a satisfying and healthy new comfort food! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/10/2015
This was BLAND and nearly tasteless even though I'd used a pepper jack velveeta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2014
This was my first try at cooking quinoa and I am a convert!! I did saute some diced zucchini and red onion first which I added to the quinoa and some veggie broth as in step 1. (I tasted it at the end of 15 minutes... and I could have eaten it all right then!) I followed the rest of the recipe as written topping with bread crumbs rather than panko (dear hubby shopping foul noted). In the end a satisfying and healthy new comfort food! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/10/2015
This was BLAND and nearly tasteless even though I'd used a pepper jack velveeta. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/19/2016
I added broccoli to mine and mixed red quinoa with regular quinoa. I also used a montery jack and cheddar mix without the processed cheese. Was super tasty. This was my first time cooking with quinoa. The technique is very similar to cooking rice. I will definitely cook this again. Read More
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