Fancy Adult Mac n’ Cheese (with Quinoa and Spinach)

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Quinoa Spinach Mac n' Cheese recipe

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Fancy Adult Mac n’ Cheese (with Quinoa and Spinach)

OK, kids will enjoy this too.

But seriously, who doesn’t like macaroni and cheese? Why not grow it up a little and make it more nutritious? Quinoa and spinach add not only nutrients but a unique flavor to this recipe.


  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 3 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • A few dashes of freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8 oz of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  •  2 handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 4 additional tsp of butter
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs


  1. Add 3 tbsp of butter and 3 tbs of flour in a pan over medium heat
  2. Stir until a paste forms
  3. Add milk and continue stirring
  4. Turn up the heat to medium/high and bring to a boil while still stirring
  5. Add nutmeg, salt, and cheddar cheese- When the cheese sauce is smooth, remove it from the heat
  6. In a bowl, mix the quinoa, the cheese sauce, and the spinach
  7. Added grated Parmesan cheese
  8. Place in a glass casserole dish
  9. Mix the butter and breadcrumbs in a different bowl and then sprinkle on the casserole
  10. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes
  11.  Enjoy like an adult 🙂

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