Roasted Vegetable Cheesy Quinoa Mac

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Hey there, I have been working hard at this eat clean reset but have been enjoying it, trying out new dishes that are healthier not only for but for my family too. Was looking around for a great side dish recipe and thanks to a referral to https://www.facebook.com/jasonsfunctionaltrainingstudio, I found some great dishes and decided with a little tweaking of my own to share this dish with you first!

I served this dish with a main course of baked chicken thighs from Blue Goose.

http://www.bluegoosepurefoods.com/#home

Blue Goose is raised with out the use of antibiotics and animal by-products.

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees put  salt & peppered chicken on a bakers rack (which helps the chicken from baking in it’s own fat) Bake in oven for 40 minutes until skin is crisp. For those of us that are watching our calorie intake remove the skin. 😉

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You will need:

  •  3 cups Cooked Quinoa (cooked According To Package Instructions)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, chopped into small chunks
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 raw carrots, sliced thinly
  • Handful baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup corn peas
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, mince
  • 3 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used half skim mozza as it is lower in fat and half cheddar)
  • Kosher Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Panko breadcrumbs (optional)

Roasted Vegetable Cheesy Quinoa Mac

Cook your Quinoa as per the directions on the box. I cook mine in a rice cooker with chicken stock!

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Prepare a large baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil and coating with a little olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.

Place prepared veggies on the baking sheet.

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Bake for 20 minutes, or until vegetables have softened. Remove from oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and cook 30 seconds.

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Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute

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Gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly until mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from heat

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 Stir in cheddar cheese until well distributed and melted. Add salt and pepper and additional spices as desired.

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Mix veggies, cooked quinoa, and cheese sauce together.

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Place mixture in a baking dish or ramekins and sprinkle with panko breadcrumbs. Place under the broiler in your oven (500 degrees) for 2-4 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

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After broiled it is ready to be served and enjoyed.. Guilt free and healthy!

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Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I love to share my recipes with you all with the hopes that you make an attempt to cook them for yourself or for your family and friends. If you have any comments or any ideas on a new recipe I should try out I would love to hear from you. I can be found on face book at https://www.facebook.com/SchoonerpixiesKitchen or by sending me an email to schoonerpixie@hotmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Until next time Happy Cooking & Cheers!

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