So, what we’re doing here is taking something healthy and making it slightly unhealthier. It’s still reasonably healthy if you make the right substitutions! :D
On average, divide this into 6 servings and each serving is 340-400 calories. :)
There are also fancy substitutions and quick and not-so-fancy substitutions!
What You Need:
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa
- 1 medium leek; both white and pale green parts halved and sliced, BUT if you want to cut back on time, just use chives
- 1.2 cup of red/green pepper
- 1/2 cup of diced tomato
- 1 cup milk (nonfat for healthy, 2% for slightly unhealthier; it’s all tasty to me!)
- OPTIONAL: vegetable [preferred taste] or chicken stock; water is fine too
- 1 1/2 cups grated cheese (less or more, this is for sprinkling)
- seasoning salt (or just sea salt to be healthier)
- 2 large eggs
- olive oil
- OPTIONAL: Panko bread srumbs for topping
- other optionals: crushed red pepper, salsa, sour cream, scallions, etc for toppings
What You Do:
- Heat oil in pan and Add the leek (or if using chives, wait till a bit later to add the chives), tomatoes, and bell peppers.
- Cover and cook 5 mins or until slightly tender.
- Stir in quinoa and garlic, and cook, uncovered, 3-4 mins, or until grains start to turn opaque. (They will not fully be cooked yet.)
- Add 3 cups water (or stock) and season with sea salt/seasoning salt. Cover and reduce heat to med-low and simmer 15-20 mins or more, (depends and also what kind of quinoa you use) or until most liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand 5 mins.
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat 13×9 inch dish with cooking spray.
- Whisk together eggs and milk in large bowl. Fold in quinoa mixture and cheese. Stir very well and let some of the cheese melt.
- Transfer to prepared baking dish and if bread crumbs, add those yummy bits now. You can also sprinkle a bit more cheese on now if you prefer for topping. Bake 25-35 mins, or until your once goopy mixture turns more solid and mac n’ cheesy like.
- Now add those toppings you wanted. I really like crushed red pepper.
- This meal goes great with a side of steamed broccoli in lemon juice!