Quinoa Mac & Cheese

Do you ever get bored with the same sides over and over again during the week?

I am constantly looking for fun, new ways of transforming the simplest ingredients into something delicious because there’s only so many nights I can have a Cesar salad or green beans! This quinoa mac and cheese is super healthy and won’t affect the weeknight budget!

 

Ingredients :

  • 1 butternut squash
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 3 – 4 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 2 cups cheddar (I used an aged sharp cheddar, but anything will work)
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

Directions :

  1.  Preheat oven to 375°
  2.  Cook quinoa according to package directions (I cook quinoa in chicken stock rather than water — better flavor!)
  3.  Peel and seed butternut squash. Cut into bite size chunks and add to pot of boiling water. Cook for about 15 – 17 min or until the squash is tender.
  4.  Once tender, drain and transfer to a blender. Add almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer) and mustard and blend until silky smooth (the texture should be thick, but pour-able – you may have to adjust the amounts)
  5.  Transfer to a baking dish and add in the cooked quinoa and cheddar cheese. Mix until everything is coated
  6.  Bake for about 30 minutes and enjoy

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