Quinoa is a new healthy foods staple for this southern girl’s kitchen. It looks like “Ke-no-a”, right? See, you thought so, too! But it’s “Keen-wah” I found out. Now I feel better about using the staple because in my neck-of-the-woods stomping grounds in Southeast Texas, “keen” means you’ve got good sense.
A person who eats quinoa does have good sense I think. First of all, it doesn’t take long to cook it. Second, one cup uncooked quinoa turns into about four cups cooked. Mixed with a medley of vegetables and lite soy sauce, it makes a filling dinner, and there’s plenty left over for lunches.
Yesterday evening I was craving vegetables. I like to cook them on a griddle. Usually they dwindle down to a measly portion so I decided that would not be the case for this dinner. Opening the refrigerator door, I grabbed every vegetable I could find. Yellow summer squash, red bell pepper, red onion, green onion, garlic cloves, cilantro, spinach, a carrot and Serrano pepper. I sliced and cooked the apple chicken sausage in a little olive oil and added it to the vegetable medley. Seasonings chosen were Garlic Pepper and Pepper and Herb, two herb mixes I buy in bulk.
I used spicy chili powder and a Serrano with the seeds. Go easy on these unless you totally love spicy food.
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup Quinoa
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1 Serrano pepper
- Handful of cilantro
- 2 garlic cloves
- Large handful of spinach
- 1 green onion
- 1/4 red onion
- 1 yellow summer squash
- Garlic & Pepper seasoning
- Garlic & Herb seasoning
- Spicy Chili Powder
- Boil water and chicken stock (turn burner on high).
- Add Quinoa to water and bring to boil again, turning burner to low.
- Cook Quinoa for 12 minutes.
- Let set for 15 minutes while you cook vegetables and sausage.
- Meanwhile chop and slice vegetables fine.
- Cut squash in quarters then slice thin.
- Cook vegetables in one or two tablespoons of coconut oil on a griddle.
- Add seasonings to taste.
- Slice chicken sausage and pan fry in a little of olive oil.
- Add sausage to vegetables.
- Put a large spoonful of Quinoa into a bowl or on a plate.
- Place vegetables and sausage on top of bed of Quinoa.