Turkey Sausage & Cranberry Quinoa {Clean Eating}

24 January 2013

Oh lawdy.

Quinoa is a power grain. It's packed with protein and is extremely versatile.
First off, quinoa is pronounced:




It's ok, I walked around saying it wrong until I actually tried it a few years back.
Well, I've been making some "clean" recipes.

I will be eating this at least twice a month now. It was SO good.

Because we aren't "clean" fanatics, I added some feta cheese to it, but it was delicious before mixing it in, so you can totally leave it out.

Turkey Sausage & Cranberry Quinoa

serves 2-3

16oz turkey sausage
1 cup dry quinoa
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt (can leave out & salt to taste if you prefer)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped onions (I used frozen)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup juice sweetened, dried cranberries
2 tsp ground sage
1/2 cup feta cheese (optional)

1// Rinse quinoa. In a small mesh strainer or large cup, stir quinoa vigorously for 2 minutes while running under water or immersed in water. Drain. This is VERY important and will get rid of the bitter or "soapy" taste.

2// Place drained quinoa in a saucepan over high heat. Drizzle with a little olive oil and stir constantly to get the majority of water to burn off - about 2-3 minutes.

3// Pour unsweetened almond milk, pepper, salt, & cinnamon in with the quinoa and stir. I used vanilla unsweetened and it was delicious. Bring to a rolling boil.

4// Boil quinoa for 5 minutes uncovered. Then cover and turn the heat down to low. Cook for 20 minutes.

5// In the meantime, brown turkey sausage in a skillet over medium high heat. Once browned, pour into a bowl and set aside. In the sausage drippings, sauté the onions and garlic until the onions are translucent.

6// Turn the heat down to medium low. Add in the sausage, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, cranberries and sage. Keep warm until quinoa is done.

7// Once 20 minutes has passed, keep quinoa covered and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes covered and then fluff with a fork.

8// Stir in the sausage mixture and add feta cheese if desired.

This turned out to be so good and the leftovers were just as fabulous. The almond milk gives the quinoa a creamier texture, so this tastes more like a risotto.


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  1. I hope this doesn't scare you off, but I just about came reading that title. I love anything involving quinoa and cranberries and turkey. I'm just being honest. I'm all about honesty.

    -- dysfunctionaleverafter.com

  2. This is something I would love! My husband doesn't like quinoa or cranberries though...Guess that means I will make it when he's out of town! ;-)

  3. Feta is actually used in clean eating a lot. It is considered a clean cheese. So really your dish is clean :)

  4. I use to pronounce it kee-no until one of my roommates about had a heart attack at my pronunciation haha. Needless to say, I learned!

  5. I love quinoa! My husband has Celiac so we have to do gluten free at home and so we only eat quinoa pasta. It's good for so much, quinoa! Have you ever had quinoa chocolate cake? Heavenly!

  6. Hi Kaitlyn,
    I absolutely love quinoa. I've made many recipes with it. I will soon be trying quinoa patties. I'll also have to try this dish as it looks amazing! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays. Pinning and sharing on my Facebook page. :)

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  7. I love quinoa in salads but have never thought to use it like this...it looks yummy! I have pinned for later - thanks for the recipe!


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