Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Balsamic glazed mushrooms and onions with some other yummy stuff..

A recipe made from leftover produce, beans and quinoa that needed to be used or tossed. The flavors might seem an odd combo, but they really marry well. And it was super easy. I have no idea what to call it. If you make it, submit your votes for a name :)

You need all the recipe items plus a can of fat free refried beans. You can also add salad greens, I did for my first serving but later that night I was too lazy to chop and wash. Good either way.

Ok, get cooking! Put some water on to cook some quinoa. 2 cups water to 1 cup quinoa. Bring water to boil, add quinoa, return to boil and cover, lower heat to simmer for about 12 min. Take off from heat and allow to sit for about 5 min.

While that was cooking, I "glazed" onion and mushrooms.

1TB olive oil
1large yellow onion, sliced
8 oz sliced white mushrooms
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup water

Heat oil in large sauce pan on medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent and starting to brown, about 10 min. Add mushrooms and cook for about 10 more minutes until the juices have cooked out. Add vinegar and water and cook for about 10 more.

Then layer it up! I did beans on the bottom, then quinoa, then greens, then the onion and mushroom mixture.

This took me a little longer than some of my "easy" recipes, but was still very easy, and the cooking times don't really require much stirring if you have the heat right. Virginia enjoyed  it, Noah wouldn't try it but that goes for just about everything these days...

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