Garlicky Quinoa with Chicken Sausage

IMG_5456Quinoa has been hailed as a miracle food because it  is a complete protein.  This means it contains all the essential amino acids at adequate levels.  Most plants are not complete proteins and must be combined with other things in order to obtain all of the amino acids your body needs to function properly; however, quinoa provides all you need in one seed (or many seeds).

Sometimes a quick caloric meal is just what you need.  Like most, my comfort food of choice tends to be some kind of pasta dish.

Exam week was last week, meaning my meals consisted mostly of supermarket sushi (whole foods is right across the street) and turkey avocado sandwiches from one of the cafes I study at.

Anyways, when in study mode, dinner can no longer be a two hour affair, and you are faced with the dilemma of needing that ATP for brain function but not having the time to create a stunning balanced meal.  My solution one night was this quinoa dish with chicken sausage and roasted garlic.

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Quinoa with Chicken Sausage and Garlic

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • two tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • pinch salt
  • crushed red pepper to taste
  • 2 chicken sausages (I use red pepper)

Start the quinoa by combining quinoa and water in a pot and bringing to a boil.  Then turn down heat and simmer covered for 20-25 minutes.

In the meantime peal garlic and place in pan with oil over low heat.  Add red wine and reduce. Halve the cherry tomatoes and add them to the garlic and oil cook until tomatoes are soft and dark red in color.  Add chicken sausages and cook until quinoa is ready.

Pour add sausage/sauce mixture to quinoa.  Serve with parmesan cheese.

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