Easy Cheesy: Quinoa + Greens

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You might remember this post of the original Cheesy Quinoa comfort food. TAKE TWO: Fall temps are here and I'm ready to dive back into full-on comfort food mode, starting by sharing this version of my Cheesy Quinoa Deliciousness. The season of raw foods has passed: according to Ayurvedic cooking, eating warm + cooked food balances the Vata dosha, which tends to go awry for most folks when the Autumn winds blow. 

If dairy isn't your thing, move right along. I suppose you could always sub your favorite non-dairy milk and whatever version of "cheese" you like to eat, but I can't guarantee the same heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth outcome. 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED: 

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup organic whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded raw cheddar (any cheese will do, but this is what I prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (or granules, more flavor!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon himalayan salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked fresh peppercorns

CHOOSE from the following green veggies, adding one, or a couple, or go crazy and add 'em all (woah):

  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 cup of steamed broccoli
  • 1 cup spinach (no need to saute)
  • 1 cup steamed green beans 

HOW TO PREPARE IT: 

  • Add milk + water to a medium sized saucepan, bring to boil. Add quinoa, onion granules, and ground mustard. Stir with whisk. Cover, simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. 
  • Transfer half of the cooked quinoa to a large mixing bowl. Add half the cheese. Repeat. 
  • GENTLY fold in whatever veggies you've chosen. Gentle is key - otherwise, your quinoa will get mushy. No likey mushy quinoa. 
  • Top with your himalayan salt + pepper. 
  • Wah-LAH! It's done. Now eat it up for any meal: breakfast, lunch OR dinner! 

Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments. Enjoy your comfort food!