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Woah, guys. This recipe is some serious awesomeness, if I do say so myself.

It’s so good that it doesn’t really need an introduction. It’s jam packed full of protein from chicken and quinoa, and has a ton of flavor from the pound of cheese… sorry for those of you who have lactose intolerance… this won’t be a good one for you.

Not my healthiest recipe – but easily one of my favorites. I like to think of it as a healthier version of soul food (which probably would have used 2 pounds of cheese instead of just one!)

Buffalo Chicken (Quinoa) Mac n’ Cheese

We baked this in a 9×13 baking dish and only had about a third of it for dinner (Alex was extra hungry). Plenty for leftovers!

Ingredients

2 C Dry, Uncooked Quinoa
4 C Water
1 lb Bag Shredded Cheese
8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
8 oz Hot Sauce (we use Frank’s)
2 Large Chicken Breasts, cooked and shredded

Pre-heat your oven to 350. In a large pot, add your quinoa and water, stir, and bring to a boil. Then, cover and simmer until all of the liquid has steamed off – about 10-15 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix up your quinoa, cream cheese, about 2.5 cups of shredded cheese and 1/2 C of your hot sauce. Place this mixture evenly into the bottom of your baking dish.

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Next, layer your shredded chicken over the top.

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Drizzle the rest of your hot sauce over the chicken layer.

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Top with the rest of your cheese (about 1.5 cups). Place in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and just starting to brown.

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Easy Peasy and delish. I recommend serving this with a WHOPPING serving of green veggies to balance out all of the cheese you’re eating.

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You may ask – why so much cheese? Well – quinoa has an interesting and almost bitter flavor that I don’t love on its own, but it’s much healthier for you than pasta or white flour, and it’s a complete protein. So, I add cheese for flavor.

I did try making a healthier version of quinoa mac n’ cheese once, but it just didn’t really taste right. The fix? More cheese. Plus, over 8 servings, this recipe yields about 1/2 C cheese per person. It’s more than the recommended serving, but really who eats the 1/4 C serving size anyway?

Whatever. It’s good, trust me.

 

Cheers!

Jen

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