{Today’s Lunchbox} Reinventing Mac and Peas

by Valerie on March 24, 2011 · 14 comments

Today I am at the Gluten-Free Homemaker discussing tips on packing lunchboxes – do visit.  And if you are visiting from GFH, thank you for stopping by and welcome! There are over a 120 lunchboxes here (all gluten-free and dairy-free, many of them vegan) and my thoughts on food, mindful living, organization, work, and living with food allergies and a modified diet.

Today’s Lunchbox

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We are totally out of sweet potatoes and winter squashes, which is unusual for us this time of the week – so it was time to resort to quinoa.  I decided to use it as an excuse to reinvent Mac and Peas. I have seen recipes over at the Twins’ and on HEAB where they use nutritional yeast and grains or pseudograins to make cheezy type dishes reminiscent of mac and cheese – of course, when I thought of this, it was late at night, so I went with my inspiration rather than following an actual recipe.

Lunch and two snacks:

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Recipe – Reinvented Mac and Peas

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Reinvented Mac and Peas (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free, Soy-Free)

Inspired by Pure2Raw and HEAB 

(Makes 3-4 servings)

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 Tbsps lemon juice (about one lemon, juiced)
  • 1 tsp to 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (depending on how rich you would like this to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Herbamare
  • 1/2 tsp mustard (I used Eden Yellow Organic Mustard – be sure to use a soy-free mustard if you would like this recipe to be soy-free)
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed

Cook quinoa according to directions (I like using my rice cooker and use 1.5 cups of water for 1 cup quinoa).  Combine lemon juice through nutritional yeast in a large bowl.  When quinoa is ready, add to bowl and stir to combine.  Add peas and stir.

I am submitting this recipe to:

  • Seasonal Sunday, hosted by Real Sustenance.  The seasonal ingredient is peas!
  • Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, hosted by Amy of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free
  • Gluten-Free Wednesday over at the Gluten-Free Homemaker

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