Quinoa Spinach Mac ‘n Cheese

Quinoa Spinach "Mac n Cheese"

I’m doing a three day juice cleanse Wednesday – Friday of next week. It requires a lot of planning! For example for three days before the cleanse I can only eat salads, fruit and vegetables (steamed or raw). Tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday are my three preparation days to get my system ready for the three days of juicing. I can have some fish tomorrow but no meat on Monday or Tuesday. The only other thing I can have is some brown rice (or quinoa) or a sweet potato. I also can’t have coffee, sugar or dairy. Coffee, sugar AND dairy.

COFFEE, SUGAR AND DAIRY…ahem. I’ll get over it.

I used that as an excuse to make something cheesy tonight. Cheesy but still healthy. Quinoa and spinach are healthy kick start to the next six days of me being good 🙂

I ate this for dinner tonight along with a baked sweet potato.

Quinoa Spinach "Mac n Cheese"

I plan to make posts for the next six days documenting what I eat (and don’t eat) and how I feel during my cleanse. Follow along if you’re interested!

Quinoa Spinach Mac ‘n Cheese

  • 3 tablespoons butter 
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 dashes nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces, shredded white sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 bunches fresh baby spinach (I used a 16 ounce bag of Whole Foods brand organic frozen spinach)
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium saucepan add 3 tablespoons of butter and flour and heat over medium heat. Whisk continuously until a paste forms. Whisk in milk. Increase heat to medium/high and bring to a boil whisking the whole time. Stir in the nutmeg, salt and cheddar cheese. When cheese sauce is smooth remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl mix together the cooked quinoa, cheese sauce and spinach.
  • Transfer the mixture into a casserole dish. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  • In a small bowl mix together the butter and bread crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole. (I skipped this step because I was out of panko. I just topped the casserole with parm cheese and left the extra butter and panko off. I’m sure they would have added a nice crunch!)
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, until bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and enjoy!

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7 thoughts on “Quinoa Spinach Mac ‘n Cheese

  1. Interesting! I’ve known (or read blogs about) other people who have done a juice cleanse, but never done one myself. I think you should expect to feel low-energy (and also hungry) during those three days. It seems to be a common consensus among stores I’ve read. Good luck!

    • ElissaM says:

      The brand of juice I ordered says that energy level can range from fatigue to having a ton of energy and being really productive. I chose to buy it this time because the juicer I wanted is $400 and then buying all the veggies/fruits needed for the juice itself…I wanted to make sure I like it before I invest in a juicer.

    • ElissaM says:

      I honestly just start cooking with it and I love it! Can’t wait to try your quinoa stuffing! And some of the juices you do. I read your blogs for over an hour last night 🙂

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