Thursday, March 27, 2014

Quinoa, Cheese, & Bacon (GF, SF, DF)

Once I realized I was too acidic I started incorporating quinoa some how into one meal a day. I made up a batch at the beginning of the week, so I had plenty on hand. I made one cup, which makes three, if you have never made quinoa it is easy.

One cup of quinoa, make sure you rinse it with water, or it will taste very bitter. Add two cups of water to a pot with the quinoa, and cook like rice. You will know it's done when you see a small tail like shape inside the quinoa.

I am a big meat eater, and meat is acidic, so I figured I could balance out the acid in the bacon by creating a dish with my quinoa, which is alkaline. Crispy bacon, love it, oh and I need to mention I don't eat pork bacon I use turkey bacon.

You can use how much bacon you want, along with quinoa. I have often mentioned my love for cheese which no longer likes me. Due to my tremors I discovered nutritional yeast,  and found a great recipe, but it was for nachos, and a enough to feed your guests at a party. I wanted just enough for my new creation, and found a recipe from Oh She Glows. As always I revamped it to meet my needs.

Cheese Sauce  

3/4 Cup of water, or milk of choice, I used filtered water
6 Tbsp of nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp of choice of butter, used Earth Balance
1 Tbsp of gluten free flour, used corn
Sea salt, and pepper to taste

This was enough for my dish, and I added some of my other favorite seasoning to it. This is just the  basic recipe, once this is complete you can add whatever seasonings you want. Next time I will add some broccoli to it, oh and I forgot to mention that I sprinkled chia seeds on top. That's the black stuff you see on the top.


  1. I have been wanting to try nutritional yeast for awhile now. Is it close enough to cheese for my husband to "buy" it?

    1. Coming from a huge cheese lover I'm going to say yes. However, the cheese sauce tastes more like cheese than just adding to foods, but seeing as how I can't eat cheese anymore I love it.

  2. I really need to start cooking with quinoa. Thanks for sharing with the Let's Get Real party!

    1. Gaye, this is one of those foods that you can do so much with.

  3. Hi Joyce,
    I love to cook and eat quinoa. I am always trying new ways to prepare it. Your recipe is an intriguing and different way to enjoy this healthy grain. I would substitute milk, cheese and bacon with vegan alternatives and I think it would work out well. I already use nutritional yeast quite a bit! I am going to try this recipe soon! Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up!

    1. Yes, Deborah it is so versatile, I use it as a binder in meatloaf, add to soups, and recently made some pudding with it.