Feeling uninspired for your Meatless Monday dinner? Even if you are not “in to” the Meatless perhaps you just need some inspiration. This recipe happens to be Vegan, but you certainly don’t have to be a Vegan or Vegetarian to enjoy this healthy and tasty meal! So let’s get on with the show.
Meatless Monday Idea –
Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Mushrooms, & Tomatoes with Quinoa
Don’t let the words Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa intimidate you! Roasted Brussels Sprouts is long way away from mushy overcooked/boiled/steamed sprouts. Quinoa is as simple to cook as rice – just has a fancier name (and more protein).
What you will need:
- About a pound (a few handfuls) of Brussels Sprouts
- I Portobello Mushroom (or one container Crimini or White Mushrooms)
- A couple of handfuls of Cherry Tomatoes (or Grape Tomatoes)
- 2 cloves of Garlic
- About 2 tbsp. Olive Oil (preferably Extra Virgin)
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 cup of uncooked Quinoa (makes 3 cooked cups)
What to do:
- Preheat oven to 425 F
- Rinse Brussels Sprouts and cut off stem and outer leafs. Cut sprout in half lengthwise. Place in rimmed roasting pan (cookie sheet/baking pan). (I had to use to pans – to fit all the veggies)
- Rinse and cut up Portobello mushroom – in to bite size pieces. Place in roasting pan.
- Rinse tomatoes and put in roasting pan.
- Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves. Sprinkle chopped garlic evenly over veggies.
- Drizzle Olive Oil over veggies. Toss vegetables (with your hands) with the olive oil and garlic
- Season with Salt & Pepper
8. Roast/Bake in the middle of your oven for 20-25 minutes. Until the veggies are tender, but not mushy, and the Brussels Sprouts are nicely browned, but not burned.
9. While veggies are roasting – cook the Quinoa according to the package directions (takes about 15 minutes)
10. Take out your lovely roasted vegetables from the oven – and give them a stir (without smashing them).
11. Serve over the quinoa. (If you would like you could drizzle some olive oil over your quinoa first, or a little cream if you are not Vegan). By all means, again if you are not Vegan, sprinkle some Parmesan or other tasty cheese over the vegetables.
This would make a great side dish to chicken, steak, fish etc. And of course you could switch out the vegetables to your liking. Or switch the quinoa for brown rice, pasta… you catch my drift. It’s your meal – so make it the way you want it : ) But do try this version – I think it was quite delicious!
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