Cheesy quinoa and broccolini

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This is for all the grown-ups who want a more healthy alternative to macaroni and cheese. Quinoa is a grain, not a starch, and is full of protein!

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 oz. (1/2 block) cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 teaspoons onion powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • any seasonings (i.e. italian seasoning, garlic, herbs, etc.), optional
  • olive oil
  • broccolini

In a saucepan, combine quinoa and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

While quinoa is cooking, prepare the broccolini by adding 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in a pan. Add the broccolini and cook until tender, about 12 minutes.

Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reserving 1 c. of the sharp cheddar. Spread into a baking dish (or 4 individual sized baking dishes). Sprinkle in remaining cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 F for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Saute broccolini and serve, or choose any side of choice!

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