Apple Almond Quinoa With Maple Sausage Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients

Quinoa: 1/2 cup uncooked

Liquid: 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth (use low-sodium if desired)

Sausage: 4-5 links of maple breakfast sausage.

Veggies and Fruit

  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small apple, chopped (choose a variety like Honeycrisp or Granny Smith)
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped

Flavor Enhancers

  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds (toasted for extra flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional: pinch of ground cinnamon

Instructions

1. Prepare the quinoa

  • Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a fine-mesh sieve until the water runs clear.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.

2. Cook Sausage

  • While quinoa cooks, heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Remove sausage casings and crumble the sausage into the skillet. Cook until browned and cooked through, breaking it up with a spoon. Drain off any excess grease.

3. Sauté Veggies, Nuts, and Fruit

  • Add olive oil to the skillet with the cooked sausage.
  • Add chopped apples and green onions. Cook, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes, or until apples start to soften.
  • Stir in the almonds and cook for a minute more to toast them lightly (optional).

4. Combine and Serve!

  • Fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork and transfer it to a large bowl.
  • Add the sausage and apple mixture, cranberries, and a pinch of salt and pepper (and cinnamon, if using).
  • Gently toss all ingredients to combine.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tips

Variations: Try pears instead of apples, pecans or walnuts instead of almonds, different types of maple-flavored sausage (chicken, turkey).

Make-ahead: You can cook the quinoa and sausage a day ahead. Store separately and combine before serving.

Add-ins: Get creative with other mix-ins like diced bell peppers, spinach, or a sprinkle of feta cheese.

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