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Red Beans, Sausage and Quinoa Review

Friday, February 01, 2013

Here's my next review for the "What's Cookin', Good Lookin'?" recipe challenge for the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. I made the following Red Beans, Sausage and Quinoa recipe in celebration of Carnival, which has kicked off here in Venice:


I only made two changes to the original recipe: I used two cans of red beans to save time and 10 ounces of pork sausage instead of the turkey sausage since the recipe makes 10 servings. Because I didn't have to cook the beans down, I threw the entire cans of beans in (liquid and all) plus a little extra water and put all of the ingredients in together at the same time. I simmered everything for about half an hour. I found red quinoa at my local health food store and it worked beautifully with this. I toasted it in a bit of canola oil then let it simmer in some chicken broth until the liquid absorbed. I mixed half a cup of the finished product into my stew.

The result? Pure Cajun deliciousness! I added the Tabasco sauce as suggested like I do with the other Cajun-style stews I make and it definitely added something. This was great right off the bat and I'm really looking forward to having some leftovers tomorrow. I love how easy this was to put together yet so full of flavor. I give it top marks!
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