I hate when my battery dies midway through taking pics. It doesn’t happen often with my Rebel, so it caught me by surprise. I hardly ever check the battery status because it holds a charge for so long—I haven’t charged it since Xmas. Probably should pay more attention to that! I’m getting more use out of my cell phone as a camera than as a communication device. ha!
I’ve been wanting to make cheezy quinoa for a long, long time now, and finally tried it yesterday. I didn’t make it dairy-free, but it was hallfway dairy-free, LOL.
Don’t be intimidated by quinoa. It’s so easy to cook that even pasta looks complicated compared to it.
1 cup dry quinoa + 2 cups water in 2 quart saucepan
Bring to boil; boil for 5 minutes with cover on pot. Shut off, remove from heat. Let sit for 10-15 minutes with lid on pot. Fluff with fork.
That’s it! So simple. You can even make it in the microwave. I highly suggest buying the pre-washed kind. The kind that needs to be washed is a pain if you don’t have a small enough strainer.
1/3 cup 1% milk (I used lactose-free)
16g (~1/4 cup) nutritional yeast (nooch)
1/2 TBSP butter
Drop of yellow mustard
Black pepper to taste
Salt or salt substitute to taste
In a small saucepan, add all ingredients. Warm on low heat, stirring continuously. When sauce starts to thicken, remove from heat.
1 serving, multiply ingredients for more servings
I mixed about 1/2 cup cooked quinoa with the cheezy sauce and 1/2 cup steamed peas, which I had along side my Sloppy Josephine burrito made on a La Tortilla Factory extra virgin olive oil tortilla (100 cal, 290mg sodium) and leafy greens bacon salad.
2 thin slices precooked Heartland bacon (50 cal) gives such a flavor boost to an ordinary salad. Yum!
This is where my Rebel battery went on strike and I had to switch to my cell phone camera in a pinch. Lackluster much lol
Inside the burrito: ~1/2 cup leftover Sloppy Josephine (Sloppy Joes with lentils), ~1.5 oz Jarlsberg light Swiss cheese, 6 Roland gherkin pickles
Deeeeeeeelicious all the way around! Loved the cheezy quinoa, burrito, and salad. So GOOD! The cheezy sauce is not an automatic appeal to all cheese-lovers. I love all sorts of cheesy flavors, so the pungent nutritional yeast flavor makes my taste buds happy, but some people can’t stand it. I guess it’s one of those things that people either love or hate. You have to try it for yourself as it’s not exactly like cheese, but can definitely pass as a cheezy-like sauce. Plus, it’s loaded with protein (8g per 70 cal serving) and B12 vitamins. I find it makes a great cheezy sauce when mixed with blended beans. I dig it!
Question: Have you ever made a sauce using nutritional yeast? Would love to see your recipes!