Spicy Quinoa with Peppers and Sausage

Just because it has Quinoa in it, it doesn’t mean it’s going to taste pretentious. This dish involves some veggie chopping, and throwing the rest of the ingredients in a saute or skillet pan – it’s really pretty easy. See the easy steps below to make this Spicy Quinoa with Peppers Onions and Sausage dish:

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 chicken sausage links
  • Quinoa (2 cups uncooked)
  • 2 bell peppers (seeded and chopped)
  • Grape tomatoes (1/2 cup)
  • Onion (half of 1, chopped)
  • Garlic (2 medium cloves diced)
  • 1 small jalapeño (seeded and chopped)
  • Veggie juice (1 cup)
  • Coconut “milk” (3/4 cup)
  • Coconut oil or Olive oil (1 tablespoon)
  • Honey (2 tablespoons)
  • Garlic powder ( 1 teaspoon)
  • Paprika (1 teaspoon)
  • Chili powder (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Cumin (a pinch)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

1. If you’ve never cooked Quinoa before, it’s a lot like cooking rice – the only difference is you have to rinse off the quinoa after it cooks. But besides that, there’s really no other major differences. Cook your quinoa while you’re prepping your veggies.

To get your veggies ready for the skillet pan, clean off the outsides of the jalapeño and bell peppers. Then, cut open your bell peppers and get the seeds out of there. Chop up the bell peppers and onions about the same size. Cut the grape tomaotes long ways. Dice up the jalapeno and garlic much smaller.

2. Once you’ve finished the veggie chopping, slice up your chicken sausages. You’ll want them on the thin side, since they’ll brown and carmalize easier. This should take about 6 minutes on medium-high heat. Side note: for this specific recipe, I used Al Fresco’s Spicy Jalapeño with Roasted Peppers Sausage, but they have a variety of flavors, including Roasted Garlic, which could work well here too.

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3. Saute your veggies with some coconut oil or olive oil in the same pan as the sausage for another 10 minutes.

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4. Add in all your spices (listed above) and stir. Now, you’ll create the sauce. Add the veggie juice of your choice and coconut milk and turn up the heat on your stove. You want the sauce mixture to bubble for a few minutes. Then, lower the heat and add in the honey. Mix all the ingredients together well and then take off of the heat while waiting for the quinoa to finish cooking. Taking the sauce off of the heat will allow the sauce to thicken as well.

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5. Add in your quinoa and coat well with the sauce. That’s it!

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