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Best & Tastiest Quinoa Recipe Ever


So the quinoa craze. Everyone and their mother eats it. Do many of us like it? Let’s be honest. It’s like kale. Though my girlfriend Katie includes an amazing kale recipe on her beautiful food blog —> hoppppp on it like a bunny rabbit.

Back to quinoa. AA hates it. Loathes it. SuperBoy is four now and smart enough to not like it either. SweetPea, well you know, she’s a great eater so everything gets shoveled in eventually. The trick to feeding my family quinoa? RED quinoa. Don’t ask why this somehow tastes better?? Well apparently it does.

Here’s my quinoa:

quinoa recipe

Green bell peppers, sausage, cheese, black beans, walnuts, red quinoa, lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, done.

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{Take a weekend away from your big children and go to your family home in Wisconsin. Use your mom’s dreamy stove.}

Drain the beans (or if you work from dried beans do whatever that is . . . errrrr . . . canned beans over here).

Chop the cheddar. I love Prairie Breeze.

Chop the bell peppers. Green. From the garden.

Dole out the walnuts. Unsalted. Raw.

Cook the quino with a 2/1 ratio either with water or chicken stock. I always use chicken stock and throw in a tablespoon of butter for flavor while cooking. Bring to boil, dial down to low, simmer until cooked–it will taste cooked or crunchy. Cooked is not crunchy. Usually 15-20 minutes.

Chop up your sausage & cook it in a cast iron skillet (increases iron!).

quinoa recipe red quinoa

///mix together///

Squeeze your lime. Douse in olive oil. Sprinkle salt & pepper.

quinoa recipe


quinoa recipe


quinoa recipe


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  1. Katie on September 11, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Nell, this looks so yummy! I feel healthier just looking at the pictures of it, I can only imagine how good you feel after eating it – it is going on the list of must make soon dishes.

    • Natural Mama Nell on September 11, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Hahaha–it’s delicious–as are YOUR recipes!

  2. Designs By Katy on September 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    This looks sooooooo good!


    • Natural Mama Nell on September 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      I have to confess it is the only way i can get the men in the house to eat quinoa!

  3. Kelly Meagher on September 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Looks delicious! Maybe I can convince the hubs to try quinoa juuuussst one more time? And dreamy stove is right!

    • Natural Mama Nell on September 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Truly yummmmmmmmmmmmmy and yes, Le Cornue Fe. It’s a DREAM!

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