Three Cheese Quinoa Skillet Mac & Cheese

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Mac and cheese that is actually GOOD for you!?! Yep. It’s True.

This mac and cheese recipe is so easy, ready in less than 30 minutes, and prepared all in one skillet! It is also ooey gooey & packed with fiber and protein! Not a fan of quinoa? This recipe might change your mind, but if not, I also provide a version made with high fiber macaroni noodles! You can also put your own spin on it by replacing the broccoli with whatever veggie you’d like! Enjoy

Prepare the Broccoli: If using frozen broccoli, de-thaw broccoli florets (or if using fresh, lightly steam broccoli florets), and blot any excess moisture out using a kitchen towel or paper towel. Chop florets into small pieces. Set aside.

To Make the Quinoa: In a large skillet, sprayed with cooking spray, sauté onion and garlic over medium heat until translucent. Add uncooked quinoa to pan and toast for about 1 minute.

Add water and additional seasoning. Lower the heat and let the quinoa simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the quinoa is cooked and fluffy looking, and the liquid is fully absorbed (if your quinoa is not fluffy or cooked through yet, and the water is already absorbed, add 1/2-1 cup more water and continue to cook until quinoa is fully cooked and water is cooked off.) Turn off heat and stir in broccoli.

Note: If you are using macaroni noodles, you may need more water to cook the noodles.

To Make the Cheese Mixture: Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, add the milk, egg, and yogurt, and grated cheese. whisk to combine.

Put it All Together: When the quinoa mixture has cooled for a minute or two,(so it wont cook the egg when you add the milk mixture), add the milk/cheese mixture to the skillet and stir to combine. It should be very creamy at this point. Top with additional cheese and bread crumbs if desired, and bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted on top. Enjoy!

Note: Be sure your skillet is oven safe. If it has a plastic handle, cover it with foil before placing in the oven! 

You could swap the broccoli out with whatever veggie you prefer, but make sure it is steamed or sautéed before adding it to the mac, and also be sure it is blotted dry, so it is not filled with tons of excess moisture!
2 Or high fiber macaroni pasta noodles.

Nutrition Breakdown:

6 Servings (1 cup per serving) 205 Calories per Serving
8 g Fat 23 g Carbohydrate
4 g Fiber 3 g Sugar
15 g Protein 7 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving

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