“Cheesy” Quinoa

September 8, 2015

Hi everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! I just wanted to pop in quickly to share with you a super simple recipe that I have been loving lately.

I think we can all agree that there are few things better than a big bowl of mac and cheese. And not the fluorescent yellow fake stuff – I’m talking about the good, homemade kind with a zillion different cheeses.

Now, I certainly #treatmyself plenty, but indulging in rich mac and cheese on a regular basis would result in nothing good.

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What if I told you there was a healthy alternative for those days when you are craving a bowl full of cheesy, noodle-y, goodness? Because there is… 🙂

This “cheesy” quinoa makes for the perfect comforting side dish, and helps you get your mac and cheese fix without the indulgence! It gets its cheesy, buttery flavor from a combo of nutritional yeast and coconut oil that would make even the biggest cheese lover swoon.

(Cough, me)

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Before you get hung up on the name “nutritional yeast,” let me explain. Nutritional yeast is a yellow, flaky powder with a nutty, cheesy taste. It is used in a ton of recipes for vegan and vegetarian recipes as a substitute for cheese, and is a nutritional powerhouse. Just check it out:

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7 grams of protein and tastes like cheese?! I promise you’ll forget the less than appetizing name once you give it a try.

Enjoy this dish as a side for your favorite main meal, or use it as a base for a bowl with veggies and protein mixed in. The possibilities are endless!

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Cheesy Quinoa

For one serving:

  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • Coconut oil
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper

Cook the 1/4 cup of quinoa on the stovetop in 1/2 cup water according to the directions on the package. Once the quinoa has cooked, fluff it with a spoon. While the quinoa is still in the pot, stir in a little spoonful of coconut oil, two big spoonfuls of nutritional yeast, and salt/pepper to taste. Stir the quinoa until everything is combined, adding more nutritional yeast, salt, or pepper to taste. Optional: adding in other spices like garlic, turmeric, red pepper flakes, etc. can switch things up!

Enjoy!!

XO, Bailee

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