Cheesy Broccoli and Quinoa

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa

Originally Pinned by Mom, What’s For Dinner?  Check out the original Pin and full recipe for Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa here!

So here’s the thing, if you’re looking to make the most delicious recipe ever to impress guests, this isn’t it.  However, if you’re looking for a quick and healthy meal to add to your cookbook this Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa definitely fits the bill.  It only takes about 4 ingredients (unless you count salt and pepper, but common let’s be serious).

Cooking quinoa can be tricky.  If you don’t cook it long enough the little beads crack in your teeth Partially Cooked Quinoawhich is unappetizing.  But if you cook it too long you get a mushy goo.  This recipe instructs the chef to more or less steam the quinoa in chicken broth with the broccoli.  I found that this is a great way to ensure the correct done-ness of the quinoa.

The quinoa on this form is about half-cooked.  You can tell by the way the grains look.  The centers are still opaque and the little curly things haven’t separated fully.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about you will after your first experience with quinoa.

Definitely an easy recipe to make and inexpensive.  I did have to add a little bit extra chicken broth but I think I also over measured the quinoa so that solves that mystery.  Next time I think I’ll add some chicken…

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