Quinoa & Cheese

Quinoa & Cheese is a healthy alternative to traditional mac & cheese (one of my favorites!)

Quinoa is high in protein and it is, in fact, a complete protein!!  woohoo!:-)  It is gluten-free, high in the B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, folate, thiamin and riboflavin and is a moderate source of calcium.

Serves 8

Prep Time: 10 min,   Cook Time: 20 min


  • 1-2 Tbs coconut oil
  • 2-3 Tbs butter
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (optional)
  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa 
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or water, but broth is yummier! (yes, that's a word! ;0)) 
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup milk
  • salt to taste



  1. In a medium pot melt coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Add carrots, broccoli and garlic, and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add quinoa and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover pot and reduce heat to medium low, cooking for 10-15 min. until liquid is absorbed.
  5. Stir in butter, cheese and milk.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. IF you have the Instant Pot, you can cook this in it on the "saute" setting. 

Enjoy! :)                                      

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Adapted from the Nourishing Herbalist