Guest Post: Jessica of ‘How Sweet It Is’ Presents Roasted Garlic, Red Pepper and Mushroom Quinoa

by Jennifer on February 15, 2011

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One of my favorite ways to make a dish taste indulgent without lots of calories is to add roasted garlic. When roasted, garlic becomes caramelized, sweet and buttery, adding a burst of flavor to any dish.

Recently, I paired it with the protein-packed grain, quinoa, which has become a favorite in our house. Along with caramelized red peppers and sautéed mushrooms, this mix has become a staple during our busy weeks. It tastes great hot or cold, it works perfectly as a side dish, and can even become a main entrée with the addition of more veggies or your favorite lean protein if desired.

Vegetables aren’t my favorite, so I find pairing them with something that I really enjoy – such as the creamy roasted garlic or the quinoa – not only allows me to enjoy them, but also helps me get in multiple servings a day. I’ve also sautéed a bit of spinach before and added it to the dish, which gives it a nice pop of color and a slew of vitamins and minerals.

I hope you enjoy this quinoa as much as we do!

Roasted Garlic, Red Pepper and Mushroom Quinoa (makes about 2 cups worth)

1 head garlic
1 cup of quinoa
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop the top off the garlic and peel away the loose outside paper. Drizzle olive oil on cloves, wrap in foil, and roast for 20-30 minutes, or until golden. Let cool.
Cook quinoa according to directions on package. While quinoa is cooking, heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add red pepper and mushrooms and saute until soft, about 6-8 minutes. When quinoa is done, fluff with a fork and add peppers and mushrooms. Squeeze the entire head of garlic cloves into the quinoa, mashing some with a fork and leaving others whole. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.

Jessica’s highly addictive blog ‘How Sweet It Is’ is full of so much prettiness and yumminess, you would be remiss to not run over there right now!

RJ Flamingo February 15, 2011 at 9:22 am

Seriously? Yum! You’ve got all of my favorite flavors in one spot. 🙂

Jennifer February 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

Hi Renne – thanks for coming by!

Eliana February 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

Roasted garlic will make anything taste super delish. This quinoa looks wonderdul.

Tammi Kibler @keenonquinoa February 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

Oh, I have never roasted garlic, but I know I would love this quinoa dish. I have plenty of mushrooms, but I’m off to buy garlic now. Thanks!

Jeanette February 15, 2011 at 11:56 am

This sounds so simple and delicious, great for a weekday night!

Aggie February 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I love quinoa but for some reason haven’t made it in months! What a great flavor combo, I would love this.

Cookin' Canuck February 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I just finished eating a southwestern quinoa salad for lunch. We can’t get enough of it and I can’t wait to try your version.

Kristy February 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Looks delish, my heart beats for roasted garlic! 🙂

marla February 16, 2011 at 12:16 am

Fun quinoa recipe Jessica! We love roasted garlic over here too 🙂

Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls February 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Yummmm! That looks so delicious!

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xx
Delightful Bitefuls

Jaime {sophistimom} February 19, 2011 at 11:24 am

This looks delicious. It’s so good to get new recipes for quinoa. Sometimes it’s hard to be inspired by a bag of healthy grain when you also have cupcakes sitting on the counter.

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