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Bacon & Broccoli Quinoa

  • Author: Mix and Match Mama
  • Yield: 4 servings as an entree 1x

Description

Whether you make this as a side, a light supper or lunch, you’ll love it!


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups of quinoa
  • 3 cups of water
  • 8 pieces of bacon (I used turkey bacon), chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups of broccoli florets
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Before you begin, rinse your quinoa off under cold water.  Rinse and then shake dry.
  2. Next, add your quinoa and water to a pot over medium-high heat on the stove.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to low and continue to simmer covered about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. While your quinoa simmers, place your bacon pieces in a drizzle of EVOO in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Allow bacon pieces to crisp up.  After they’re crispy, add in your chopped shallot and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Saute the shallot a minute or two.
  4. Next, sprinkle in your flour and whisk a minute.
  5.  Next, whisk in your milk and continue to whisk until sauce begins to thicken up.  Once sauce starts to thicken up, whisk in your cheese and continue whisking until incorporated.
  6. Take your cooked quinoa and pour it into your skillet with your bacon cheese sauce.  Stir in the quinoa and stir in your broccoli florets.  Sprinkle in your Parmesan cheese.
  7. Remove from heat and serve immediately with maybe a little more Parm.