After arriving home from yoga I was starving but determined to try this recipe because I wanted to see how it would come out.
Sausage and Quinoa One-Pot Supper
4 sausage links cut into cubes (I used Johnsonville New Orleans Andouille Sausage)
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup water
1 cup apple cider
2 cups kale leaves (or spinach leaves)
In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook sausage and onion until just browned (5-10 mins). Add cider, quinoa and water to pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and let simmer for about 25 minutes or until liquid is just absorbed. Add kale, cover and cook for about 5 mins, to warm kale. Remove from heat and then serve!
OH. MY. GOODNESS. This was the best dish ever. SO easy. SO good. And the best part was that Brian loved it. He was apprehensive at first because I had made quinoa mac and cheese last winter and it was a little different for him. But after one bite he was hooked and even went back for seconds!
The secret is the apple cider! It made this dish (especially with the andouille sausage) taste so, so good. I don't think I will ever cook quinoa in just water ever again because this came out just so delicious. I always thought that quinoa was similar to rice, it tasted good when made with water but was just a little bit more flavorful when made with broth. Either way you can't tell the difference when cooking rice. BUT with quinoa, there is SUCH a big difference. Cooking the quinoa in cider (or broth) just makes this dish out of this world good!
I definitely plan on making this again (and again!)