The other day my family visited my brother and sister-in-law and enjoyed quite a feast. Upon returning home I decided it was the perfect night for a healthy, quinoa dish.
There are endless ways to prepare quinoa. Hot. Cold. With veggies. With meat. Nuts, seeds, cheese….
I like experimenting with different combinations, and this time I scored a home run and couldn’t wait to share it with you! It’s the perfect mix of veggies with some crunch and a little sweetness to boot! (Don’t forget to check out the time saver tips at the end of the post.)
Veggie Quinoa Crunch
- 1 cup red quinoa prepared with vegetable broth (instead of water)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 10 ounce package sliced mushrooms, chopped
- 1 bag frozen cauliflower
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup blanched almonds
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Place the frozen cauliflower on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and brush with one tablespoon olive oil. Roast cauliflower for 45 minutes, stirring about 3 times throughout so that it browns evenly. (You can roast it more or less, depending on how browned you like it. I, personally, like it pretty browned.)
- In the meantime, prepare the quinoa according to package directions, using vegetable broth instead of water.
- Saute the garlic in olive oil for 2 minutes in a medium to large saucepan. Add the chopped onions and saute another 5 minutes. Add the chopped mushrooms and saute for another 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are completely cooked through.
- Drain any remaining water from the mushroom/onion mixture and put back in the pan.
- When the quinoa & cauliflower are finished, stir them both into the onion/mushroom mixture.
- Stir in salt, almonds and cranberries.
- Serve warm.
Time Saver Tips:
Because of the following time saver tips, the only ‘work’ for this recipe was chopping the mushrooms, which for some odd reason I actually really enjoy doing!!
- As you can see I used frozen cauliflower as a time saver. (no washing, cutting, dealing with cauliflower crumbles all over the place)
- I bought garlic already minced.
- I bought onions prechopped.
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