Last night I was trying to think of something for dinner and didn’t want another salad just because it was easy.
While trying to think something up I remembered that I bought some quinoa a couple weeks ago and haven’t yet used it. I also had some Parmesan cheese that I should eventually start using.
So, what do you make out of that? Well, you make quinoa Parmesan “Mac & Cheese!” [I was going to make a Pinterest version of this but never got around to looking at it so I deleted the Pin. That just means I get to create my own variety. :))
I know quinoa is a protein packed seed but I also wanted to add some type of meat. I’m donating blood in a couple weeks so I need to start working on iron levels as last time I went in I was much too low and got a nice little lecture. Therefore I thought the addition of hamburger meat would be sufficient.
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 ½ cups water
- ½ cup (heaping) parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup milk
- ½ lbs. hamburger – I used 5% beef for this (Leave out to go vegetarian)
- Sprinkle of flour
- Garlic, optional (I didn’t put it in this time because I had just made some garlic olive oil, but I’ll definitely add it next time)
Directions: Cook the quinoa first. Bring the water to boil in a small pot and then add the quinoa. Stir to mix the quinoa around and then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
While the quinoa is cooking fry the hamburger meet and then place on paper towel to drain off any excess grease.
When the quinoa is done, set aside.
In a medium pot put in the Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with a little bit of flour in order to coat the cheese. Add milk. Turn burner onto low-medium heat and stir consistently. You’ll need to use a whisk for this, as Parmesan is a cheese that needs lots of stirring when melting.
Once the cheese is melted add in 2/3 of the cooked quinoa (I probably could have added it all, but I was saving some for something else). Mix the cheese and quinoa together and then mix in the hamburger and stir until everything is mixed nicely together.