Y is for Yummy! Read past Blogging from A to Z Challenge posts here.
I’m attempting to end my Blogging from A to Z Challenge on a spiritually high note but wowsa, y-words are tough and dare I admit my creative juices are on the fritz right now? I thought about explaining why we no longer say or sing “Yahweh” during Mass, but Mr. Aggie Catholic Marcel LeJeune pretty much said all that needs to be said about that topic here. Then I thought about spotlighting St. Yves — the saint and patron of lawyers, not the line of facial products — but nothing caught fire there, either.
Truth is, between Joel’s deacon formation, this blog and other writing assignments, the radio show, a new Catholic media initiative I’m working on, pregnancy, and oh yeah, most importantly, living my vocation as wife and mom, I’m tapped and am simply asking for a little latitude to escape for a moment and share a recipe that claims to be a YUMMY mac & cheese knock-off.
Alrighty. Now that THAT’S off my chest …
My friend Dorian came up with an awesome blog link-up idea called “Pinisher” — a movement to get Pinterest slackers like me to actually finish something I’ve pinned. How many of you have actually baked, crafted, decorated, repurposed, reused, bought, planned, played, etc. anything you’ve pinned? Really … all of you?! Well kudos and more power to you because this meme pretty much sums up my success with Pinterest.
There is one recipe I pinned several months ago that I’ve been itching to bake, so I’m grateful to Dorian for providing the “pinspiration” to finally get ‘er done. Presenting: Cheesy Quinoa Mac & Cheese.
If you’ve ever bought a big ol’ bag of quinoa from Costco (ahem) and are trying to find creative ways to use it, this recipe may be just for you! The dish’s texture and flavor are so unique that I don’t think it’s honest to label it as a substitute for traditional mac & cheese — enthusiasts’ taste buds might be a little disappointed. I’m not a huge mac & cheese fan, yet I really enjoyed this dish. Not only is it simple to prepare, the final product is indeed yummy. I think the garlic gives it a subtle punch to push it over into the “oh this is surprisingly yummy” category. We served it as a side dish here, but it could probably be paired with a salad and used a main dish, too.
Ingredients: quinoa, garlic, eggs, cheese, milk, panko crumbs — I threw in leftover peas, too
Final Das Schmidt Haus verdict? Thumbs up from all including Joel (not-the-biggest-cheese-fan) and 4-1/2 year-old Lucy (can’t-seem-to-enjoy-anything-but-chicken-nuggets-these-days). Links to the recipe and my Pinterest page shared below.
Now let’s revel for a moment at my first-ever “Pinisher” badge of honor!
Link to Original Project: Cheesy Quinoa Mac & Cheese
Link to My Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/267119821619135613/
Follow me on Pinterest here: http://pinterest.com/lisaannschmidt/ (disclaimer: most likely I’ll be more “pinspired” from you than you from me)
See all the Pinishers this week at Scrutinies!