quinoa hash with apples and chicken sausage recipe

You can make quinoa hash with just about any ingredients and it almost always turns out delicious. Just don't get too weird with it... Quinoa is such a versatile whole grain, and is actually a seed, which makes me feel even less guilty about my carb intake. Though quinoa provides a ton of protein, I often pair it with an animal protein and veggies in varying versions of quinoa hash. This dish was created when I was playing - you guessed it - Refrigerator Roulette on a Monday night. I hadn't gone food shopping over the weekend so I worked with what was left in the fridge and pantry. And let me tell you, this is actually really delicious. Who knew the standard lunchbox fruits - apples and oranges - could contribute to a tasty and well-balanced dinner recipe? Always enter the kitchen with creativity, adventure and throw caution to the wind. Four out of five times, you will impress yourself with the most simple yet interesting meal to keep the dinner routine from getting boring. In fact, this can even be a breakfast dish! Find a new combo that can be made in 20 minutes or less?  #jackpot

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes if quinoa is pre-cooked; 15 minutes if cooking quinoa

Ingredients:

Fresh From the Market:

  • 1 Red Apple, diced
  • 1 Green Apple, diced
  • 1 Orange, juiced
  • 4 Links Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage

From the Pantry:

  • 2 c. White Quinoa, cooked (1 c. uncooked)
  • 1 tsp. Grapeseed Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt

Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Skillet
  • Saucepan

So, I don't know about you, but I think it's pretty awesome that these unusual suspects are the secret ingredient to such a delicious dinner. The apples add an unexpected crunch which makes a hash more satisfying. I chose red and green to balance the sweet and tart taste but you can go with whatever makes you happy. To be specific, I chose a Gala and Granny Smith, which paired together perfectly. The orange adds a sweeter citrus taste than lemon, while the grapeseed oil is lighter than olive oil. All in all, amazing.

Cooking Instructions:

  • You know the drill. Anything that involves boiling water is the first step, no matter what. I hope you read my blog often (if you don't, there is no better time to start than now :) - if you do, you know that I love to either keep a mason jar of cooked quinoa in the fridge or buy the microwaveable pouches from Trader Joe's. It makes life that much easier to cut down on the cook time. Especially when the sun has set and your tummy is rumbling. Either cook according to instructions, microwave according to instructions or simply take the quinoa out of the fridge.
  • You know the other drill. Wash that fruit! I like to keep the skin on my apples for added fiber and flavor but that is your prerogative. Slice and dice those apples into cubes or matchsticks and toss them into the skillet (spray just a little coconut or olive oil to keep the skillet from sticking).
  • Next up is the orange. Slice it in half and juice each half into a dish. Add the grapeseed oil and sea salt. Keep that to the side for now.
  • Slice the chicken sausage and throw it into the skillet with the apples. The Trader Joe's Chicken Apple Chardonnay Sausage is fabulous - pre-cooked, minimally processed and lean. Add the quinoa, orange oil and cook everything for just about 5 minutes on a low to medium flame, careful not to burn it.
  • And there you have it - Quinoa Hash. Super simple, super delicious and super nutritious. Enjoy!