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Garlic Cheese Quinoa


"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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1 h servings 238 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. 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.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Per Serving: 238 calories; 10 g fat; 25.7 g carbohydrates; 12.2 g protein; 67 mg cholesterol; 218 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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 wit...

This was BLAND and nearly tasteless, even though I'd used a pepper jack velveeta.