Quinoa & Sausage

One of our new family favorite grains is quinoa. It’s hearty and has a great flavor. Even the kids eat it up!

3 TBSP olive oil, divided
1 c. uncooked quinoa
4 chicken apple sausages, either uncooked or cooked
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. slivered almonds, divided
6 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
1 c. frozen peas
1/2 c. chicken broth
1 tsp 5-spice powder
Favorite condiment sauce like soy sauce or Louisiana hot sauce

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and add carrots. Cook until tender, then set aside. In another medium pot, bring 2 cups of water and 1 TBSP olive oil to a boil. Add quinoa and cook for 20 minutes, covered. Heat 1 TBSP olive oil in a frying pan and add sausages. If they are cooked, cook until warm. If they are uncooked, cook until no longer pink and cooked thoroughly through. Once the sausages are cooked, set aside. In the same pan, add the remaining 1 TBSP olive oil and the onion. Saute onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cooked carrots, and peas. Saute for 3 minutes. While the vegetables are cooking, slice sausage into bite-size pieces. Add sliced sausage, cooked quinoa, chicken broth, 1/4 c. almonds, 5-spice powder, and salt & pepper if needed. Cook until all liquid has been absorbed and serve. Top with your favorite sauce and remaining 1/4 c. of slivered almonds.


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