Liberty Market has quinoa elbows! No, not a skin condition, quinoa elbows are like macaroni elbows but they are made from quinoa! Quinoa is a grain-like seed native to South America with very high protein content and quinoa elbows are gluten-free!
Quinoa is a species of goosefoot, a close relative of the goosefoot ‘weed’ which is likely found in your yard in the warmer months. Quinoa is closely related to beets, spinach and….tumbleweeds!
In addition to an impressively high protein content (quinoa average protein content around 17%). Quinoa is high in dietary fiber, calcium phosphorus and even iron! Let’s see traditional macaroni match that!
I am very particular about my macaroni and cheese, and I will say that the quinoa elbows made a casserole that was every bit as tasty as my traditional macaroni and cheese, but the quinoa elbows gave the dish a better, ever-so-slightly firmer texture.
You can find quinoa elbows at Liberty Market, which is open Saturdays 9-4 and Monday through Thursday 5-8. Liberty is located near the northwest corner of Woodman Drive and Patterson Road in Kettering.
Quinoa elbows and cheese
- 3 T butter
- 2 1/2 cups raw quinoa elbows
- 1 quart milk
- 1/2# cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put butter in 2 quart casserole and place in oven to melt. Pour macaroni into casserole and stir to coat with melted butter.
Toss shredded cheese with macaroni. Pour milk over all of it. DO NOT STIR! Do not cover while baking. Bake for 40 minutes.
After 40 minutes, add the crumb topping and bake for another 20 minutes.
Melt 1/2 cup butter in skillet and stir in 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Toast until crumbs are lightly browned.
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