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Baked Quinoa & Cheese

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Comfort food made healthy!

Ingredients

  • 1-½ cup Quinoa, Uncooked
  • 3 cups Water
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
  • 8 ounces, weight Shredded Low-fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • ⅔ cups Evaporated Milk Or Half And Half
  • 5 Tablespoons Smart Balance Original Butter Spread
  • ¼ cups Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Place the quinoa in a mesh strainer and rinse with cold water for about 2 minutes. Place the quinoa, water and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat, and simmer until cooked, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool just a bit.

In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, cheese, evaporated milk and butter spread. Pour into a 2-quart casserole dish and sprinkle breadcrumbs on top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and breadcrumbs have turned a golden brown. Serve warm.

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rinabeana on 4.8.2014

My boyfriend and I LOVE this recipe! For an occasional treat, we whip up a batch with whatever cheese we have on hand. I know we’ve tried it once with Swiss and once with Gouda. I use a little less Smart Balance and sub a lower amount of milk (fat free) and it comes out just fine. Last time I sprinkled nutritional yeast on top instead of bread crumbs. (We’re a pretty low-carb household.) It’s a great versatile recipe and we feel like we’re eating something really naughty and delicious, even though we’re not! Thanks for sharing!

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