Saturday, March 9, 2013

Brussels Sprouts & Mushroom Saute with Quinoa

I had been thinking about this dish all week before I actually made it. There were some mushrooms  in the refrigerator along with some Brussels sprouts. For some reason the idea of sauteing them together sounded good and the dish evolved from there. It ended up exactly how I imagined- better actually. I love combining different textures, so this dish does not disappoint. There is a base of quinoa, the wilted greens, and some crunch from cashews and a little bacon. When I was done eating I wished I could eat it all over again. This is a very simple, yet satisfying meal. Enjoy!

Brussels Sprouts and Mushroom Saute with Quinoa
Serves 2 (the picture above was amounts for 1 serving)

3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 tbsp oil (I use grapeseed)
1 1/2 cups chicken broth/stock
~1 pound Brussels sprouts, cut into strips as above (~ 4 cups)
1 1/2 cups mushrooms, roughly chopped
2 slices bacon, diced (optional)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup cashews, toasted
splash of white wine (optional or chicken stock)

1. In a pot heat oil and add quinoa and cook until lightly toasted. (This adds more depth of flavor to the quinoa). Once toasted, add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
2. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp and then remove pieces to a paper towel. Leave enough fat in the pan to cover the bottom. If not using bacon, heat 1 tbsp oil or enough to coat the bottom of the pan.
3. Add Brussels sprouts and mushrooms and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes or until greens are slightly wilted and mushrooms are cooked. Add splash of wine and/ or chicken broth and cook until liquid is gone, 1-2 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Fill bottom of a bowl with cooked quinoa, top with Brussels sprout mixture, garnish with bacon (if using) and cashews.

Nutrition Analysis: Per serving-Calories 390, Total Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 10mg, Total Carbohydrate 51g, Dietary Fiber 13g, Sugar 7g, Protein 17g
Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 330%, Calcium 8%, Iron 20%


  1. I have been hearing a lot about probiotics lately. What are your thoughts regarding them? Helpful or waste of money?

  2. Yes I think probiotics are very good for the digestive system. Many health problems and even cancers stem from an unhealthy gut, so probiotics can definitely help promote gut health.I don't think you have to buy the most expensive brand though and I have also heard from gastroenterologists that it is good to use different brands because they each have different strains of bacteria.


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