Mushroom Quinoa
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Roasted Mushrooms with Herbed Quinoa

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

Roasted Mushrooms

  • 16 ounces Baby Bella mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Herbed Quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed in a fine-mesh colander
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley divided
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions green parts only
  • 1 clove garlic pressed or minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling on top
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pepitas

Instructions

  • To prepare the mushrooms: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup (the rim is important, as the mushrooms release a lot of juices while roasting—use a large baking dish if you don’t have a rimmed baking sheet).
  • Quarter the large mushrooms, halve the medium mushrooms, leave small mushrooms whole, and place them all onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over them and sprinkle the salt on top. Toss until the mushrooms are evenly coated in oil. Roast until the mushrooms are tender and somewhat condensed in size, about 15 to 18 minutes, tossing halfway.
  • Meanwhile, to cook the quinoa: Combine the rinsed quinoa and water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat a bit to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water, about 15 to 20 minutes. Reduce heat as time goes on to maintain a gentle simmer.
  • Remove the pot from heat, cover, and let the quinoa steam for 5 minutes. Then, remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Add the Parmesan, most of the parsley (reserve about 1 tablespoon for garnish), green onions, garlic, salt and olive oil. Stir to combine, then add 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice to the mixture and black pepper, both to taste.
  • To assemble, pour the quinoa into a small serving platter or medium serving bowl. Top with the roasted mushrooms and their extra juices, then sprinkle pepitas and the remaining parsley on top. Finally, finish the dish with a light drizzle of olive oil over the mushrooms. This dish is best when fresh, but leftovers keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days.

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