Quick fix Monday with quinoa! (Say that five times fast!!!) or Meatless Monday Side dish

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Quick fix Monday with quinoa! (Say that five times fast!!!) or Meatless Monday Side dish

 

 

photo 4My mother is always suggesting I try new things. While I had heard of quinoa before I had always been skeptical about trying it. When I saw or heard or even thought of it I thought of little seedy,hard yucky grains…like sand and I was not open to trying it…let alone serving it to others 🙂

I promised mom I would try it one day, so I took a minute bag from her house and decided to prepare it and serve it when company came. I checked out the ingredients…quinoa and brown rice…I figured it can’t be that bad, but I did want to ‘doctor it up’ just a tad.

Here’s what I came up with.

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1 package of ‘Seeds of Change’ quinoa and brown rice

1 sliced clove of garlic

1 handful of sliced mushrooms

A dash of course black pepper

1 sprig of shallots/spring onions

1 small handful of craisins

2 tablespoons of light olive oil

1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

A dash of sea salt

Instructions:

1.Microwave your bag of quinoa & rice for :90 or boil a pot of water and once water comes to a rolling boil add contents of bag.

2. Add olive oil to a small frying pan and once oil is hot add garlic first (you want your oil to have a garlic flavor and to light brown your garlic), then mushrooms, craisins, sliced shallots and allow to cook for :5-;10 minutes occasionally stirring with a slotted spoon.

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3. Once you’ve allowed your ingredients pictured above to cook well, add a dash of salt, pepper and balsamic dressing and allow to simmer for another:5

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4.Once you’ve mixed the above ingredients well, put the contents of your quinoa bag into a bowl and add contents of frying pan, slowly folding your mushrooms into your quinoa.

Last but not least…serve and enjoy !

And that’s your quick fox Monday with quinoa ! As always this can be cooked as a meal or a side dish. Either way its more than enough and very filling.

I try to always leave you guys with the health benefits of my ingredients, so please see below:

quinoa

brown rice

shallots

Balsamic Vinegar

mushrooms

Craisins

olive oil

#BonAppetite

Jaythefoodie

 

 

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