Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The secret to amazing quinoa

I made the best dinner ever on Monday night.  I had seen this recipe on another blog and decided that I wanted to give it a try because it had two ingredients that I don't cook much with - Kale and quinoa!

After arriving home from yoga I was starving but determined to try this recipe because I wanted to see how it would come out.

Sausage and Quinoa One-Pot Supper
4 sausage links cut into cubes (I used Johnsonville New Orleans Andouille Sausage)
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup water
1 cup apple cider
2 cups kale leaves (or spinach leaves)

In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook sausage and onion until just browned (5-10 mins).  Add cider, quinoa and water to pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and let simmer for about 25 minutes or until liquid is just absorbed.  Add kale, cover and cook for about 5 mins, to warm kale. Remove from heat and then serve!

OH. MY. GOODNESS.  This was the best dish ever. SO easy. SO good.  And the best part was that Brian loved it.  He was apprehensive at first because I had made quinoa mac and cheese last winter and it was a little different for him.  But after one bite he was hooked and even went back for seconds!

The secret is the apple cider! It made this dish (especially with the andouille sausage) taste so, so good.  I don't think I will ever cook quinoa in just water ever again because this came out just so delicious.  I always thought that quinoa was similar to rice, it tasted good when made with water but was just a little bit more flavorful when made with broth.  Either way you can't tell the difference when cooking rice.  BUT with quinoa, there is SUCH a big difference.  Cooking the quinoa in cider (or broth) just makes this dish out of this world good!

I definitely plan on making this again (and again!)


Amy said...

Ooo, I want to try that! The BF is apprehensive about Quinoa, but will eat anything with sausage! I'm trying to make a few new recipes every week, so this will be on the menu soon!

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

Thank you for this idea. I'm putting some quinoa on the stove right now to make for lunches the next few days. Also added a little broth. MMM... It is hard to always come up with different easy, healthy recipes for dinner.

mia79gbr said...

Looks delicious! Have saved your recipe so plan on making it at some point this week! Thanks for that!

Marlene said...

Okay I need to pick up a few ingredients and I am totally making this. Sounds and looks AMAZING! Love all of your experimentation in the kitchen lately!

Runner Leana said...

That sounds delicious! I love quinoa and I love kale so I'll have to give it a try (including cooking the quinoa in apple cider)!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I love love love quinoa but my husband really hates it. boo. I think I will try this recipe anyway.

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I love love love quinoa but my husband really hates it. boo. I think I will try this recipe anyway.