Hi Friends! I’m Natalie Mason. I live in Charleston, SC and I am mom to Sterling 12 , Frances Moon 8 and our mini golden doodle Dolly.



Browse my easy, family-friendly recipes and get some dinner inspiration!


Check out my outfit ideas and family finds for inspiration.


My best beauty tips and tricks for glowing skin and shiny hair.


Visiting Charleston?

check out my faves!

Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Feb 15, 2012

I have been wanting to make quinoa mac and cheese for awhile now. I finally went for it last weekend. This dish was super easy to make and so tasty. The recipe I found called for a few sauteed veggies added in but you could totally do it without veggies if you want. I used tomatoes, shallots and spinach and thought it was the perfect combo. Next time I plan to add in a few different types of cheese to spice things up. I think it would be killer with feta or goat cheese added in. I am actually eating the leftovers as I type this post, it reheats perfectly! I served my quinoa with an arugula salad and fresh toasted bread. I thought it was the perfect meal (side note- The hubs disagreed about this meal and said we needed some meat). Enjoy!

•2 tsp olive oil
•1 med. leek white and pale green parts halved and sliced (1 cup)- I used one shallot instead
•1/2 cup diced tomato (I also added in a few handfuls of fresh spinach)
•1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
•good pinch of salt
•2 cloves garlic, minced
•2 large eggs
•1 cup milk
•1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese, more for sprinkling
•Optional- Panko Bread crumbs for topping (I used Panko Bread Crumbs)
•Toppings (optional)- salsa, hot sauce, sour cream, scallions (you get the picture)

1.Heat oil in med. saucepan over med. heat. Add leek and tomatoes (or any veggies you want really); cover and cook 5 mins or until tender. Stir in quinoa and garlic, and cook, uncovered, 3-4 mins, or until grains start to turn opaque. (They will not fully be cooked yet.)

2.Add 3 cups water ( I used two cups water and 1 cup chicken broth for added flavor) and season with salt and pepper. Cover and reduce heat to med-low and simmer 5-10 more, or until most liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand 5 mins.

3.Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat 13×9 inch dish with cooking spray. Whisk together eggs and milk in large bowl. Fold in quinoa mixture and cheese. Stir very well and let some of the cheese melt. Transfer to prepared baking dish and if using Panko Crumbs or Bread crumbs add now and bake 30-35 mins, (or until browned around edges.)

+ view comments

Leave a Reply

  1. Mwahahahah!! Finally! The recipe is mine. I am going to be making this asap, no doubt. Just bought a brand new super sized bag of quinoa last night and proceeded to drop it all over my entryway floor. Winning.

  2. This looks so yummy. I *heart* mac and cheese and quinoa so I need to try this STAT. Did Sterling enjoy it too? What is it with men and meat? Happy Hump Day!

  3. Kyle says:

    Can't wait to make this one. Thanks, Natalie!

  4. Oh my gosh,that's brilliant! I love that and will definitely be making this ASAP!

  5. I'm really really excited about this recipe!! I think that absolutely looks like a perfect meal! But I know my husband would've said the same thing yours did. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  6. um, yum! thanks for posting! I'm totally making.

  7. This looks delicious. I totally am going to make it!! Thanks for sharing.

  8. MMM I love mac & cheese…this is such a fun take on a classic!

  9. I love mac and cheese (we even had a mac and cheese station at our wedding!) I'm excited to try this version.

  10. I have a package of quinoa and I've been waiting to "stumble upon" a recipe to use it, I think I'm going to try this 😉

  11. Pris says:

    Wow, looks so good! My husband would say the same thing about needing meat!

  12. Meg says:

    OMG HUGE fan of mac&cheese & now quinoa, so this would be perfecto! my hubs would hate it too! 🙂

  13. Mae says:

    What?! this is amazing! it looks delicious and so perfect that it's with quinoa! can't wait to try this! xx

  14. Taylor says:

    yummy. this makes me feel like I'd be being "healthy" eating bowl after bowl of this!

  15. This puts light on the fact that the cost of producing such cheap miu miu handbags is not as high as they are priced. This is the reason why so many cheap chanel handbags
    manufacturers are venturing into the handbags business in a big way. They use the same hermes birkin kelly handbags quality material and employ the exact stitching technique to produce bags that look exact replicas of high-priced louis vuitton monogram canvas. More importantly, these manufacturers offer their omega speedmaster watches at extremely cheap prices. This gives an excellent opportunity for people to purchase top-quality find a christmas gifts that look similar to handbags of designer labels. Also, these manufacturers offer wholesale designer handbags with heavy discounts.