7.28.2014

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa Bake

Happy Monday readers!

I hope y'all had a good weekend!

I had a blast in Charleston with girlfriends for Caroline's bachelorette, but am really happy to be back home with Bryce after two weeks apart.

Soooo, I know I'm a bit late to the game, BUT, I've recently discovered a love for quinoa.  As y'all know, I'm a bit of a reformed picky eater.  When the quinoa craze first began, Bryce and I tried a recipe for a quinoa baked mac-n-cheese.  It was awful!  I'm talking terrible!  It was so dry and despite the addition of lots of yummy cheese, it was just lacking in flavor.

I'd been meaning to give quinoa another try, for a while now, but just hadn't gotten around to it.  A few weeks ago, however, I made baked chicken tenders with a quinoa batter and loved them.  Since then I have been so excited to try more quinoa recipes and wanted to share one that I came up with myself!

I was inspired by this recipe, but as you'll notice made quite a few of my own additions and changes...the most important being the additions of truffle oil and cheese. Because really, who doesn't love truffle oil and cheese!?

GARLIC MUSHROOM QUINOA BAKE



Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked according to directions 
  • 2 tbs truffle oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 cups chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 1/4 medium sweet onion, minced
    • By the way, if you struggle with tears while chopping onions, like me, you must get these!
  • 8 basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Directions:
  • Cook quinoa according to package directions (I cooked in beef broth).
  • Meanwhile, sauté the garlic, mushrooms, and onion in truffle oil for 3-4 minutes.  
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add basil to sauté and cook for about 30 seconds more.
My favorite part of cooking this: The sautéed aroma filled the kitchen and I knew it was going to be a good meal!
  • If desired, set aside a portion of your sautéed mushrooms, as well as some uncooked basil, for garnish.
  • Combine quinoa with sautéed ingredients and put in baking dish.
  • Top with parmesan cheese and broil in oven for 1-2 min, or until cheese has melted
Feel free to really cover that thing with cheese...I was trying to keep things as low-cal as possible and resisted the urge!
  • If you're trying to impress, serve garnished with the set aside sautéed mushrooms and uncooked basil.
  • Enjoy!

Are you a fan of quinoa?

Any recipes I must try?

Have a great day!

12 comments:

  1. looks great! I'm big quinoa fan. I like to saute it with kale, olives, and feta- a warm Greek salad! Will try this recipe!

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  2. yum & yum! pinning this for sure! xoxo Have a great week!

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  3. this looks so good! i'm late to the quinoa game too, but this sounds like a home run.

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  4. SO, I have not gotten hopped on the quinoa band wagon quite yet but this recipe looks right up my alley! I will def be giving this a try!

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  5. I made one quinoa recipe, and I didn't really care for it. This looks great though! I'll have to try it. :)

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  6. We LOVE quinoa! Being vegetarian we use it a lot of added protein. Consumer Reports printed an article on rice that made us a little hestitant to eat it, so we've started subbing quinoa in all our rice dishes. This recipe looks delicious!

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  7. Garlic and mushrooms?! My favorite things! Definitely making this next week when I'm back.

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  8. I'm still trying to get used to the "texture" of quinoa when it comes to eating it as a main dish. I can totally do grits, but this is giving me issues? Love mushrooms and truffle oil so maybe I'll try one more time ;)

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  9. Another great sounding recipe. I was planning to make chicken and a side of quinoa tonight, I think I will try this out.

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  10. I've been hearing lots about how quinoa is so good for you! I'll have to try this! :)

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  11. I sooooo need to try this out! I declare that I'm not a fan of quinoa, but maybe I need to give it another shot too! It looks absolutely scrumptious!

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  12. I am big into the quinoa/farro/barley game so this is a must-try. Thanks girl! And my email inbox misses you.

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