Red Quinoa with Mushrooms and Kale

In my 35 years as an eater, I have found that moaning, eye rolls, sobbing, shivering, losing vision, hearing and balance are usually reserved for foods that contain a gloriously sinful amount of cheese, cream, and carbs. Or chocolate.

Am I right? Are we on the same page here?

I’m about to change that for you. Right here. Right now.




(what is she even talking about, you guys?)

Red quinoa. Red quinoa with onions and butter. Red quinoa with onions, butter and cooked in a rich chicken stock. Red quinoa with onions, butter, cooked in a rich chicken stock along with sauteed silky mushrooms. Red quinoa with onions, butter, cooked in a rich chicken stock along with sauteed silky mushrooms and perfectly wilted kale.

Suuuure I threw a little butter into this health trifecta. But this step simply ensures a skip in its step. A wink in its eye. A little shirt-off-the-shoulder bit, IF YOU WILL.

When you make this, I ask that you wear waterproof mascara. And keep your phone on silent. You shan’t be interrupted.

Trust me.

Red Quinoa with Mushrooms and Kale:

This is my Amelie -style shot. I actually do love to stick my hands in grains. OH YOU DO TOO.

What it took for 2:

* 2 Tbs. butter, divided
* 1/2 medium white onion, cut into a fine dice
* 1 tsp fresh oregano
* 1 cup red quinoa
* 2 cups chicken stock
* 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 5 oz shiitake mushrooms, rinsed of any dirt and sliced (leave the smaller ones whole)
* 1/2 bunch kale, cut into 2-inch strips
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat 1 Tbs. butter in a medium saucepan. Add the onions and oregano; saute until onions soften, 5 minutes. Add the quinoa and toss to coat; toast 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer until quinoa has opened into little spirals, 15 to 20 minutes. The liquid should be mostly absorbed.

Heat the remaining Tbs of butter and the oil in a medium skillet. Add the mushrooms and saute 5 minutes, until starting to brown. Add the kale, a pinch of salt and pepper, and saute 2 more minutes, until the kale is slightly wilted.

Toss the quinoa with the mushrooms and kale.

Serve her up and inhale.

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26 Responses to Red Quinoa with Mushrooms and Kale

  1. Shaina October 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm #
    Absolutely gorgeous, Bev. I adore quinoa, and yes, I agree that too many people moan only for the sinfully sugary sweet foods and loads of butter and cream. I'm all for groaning over a bowl of this dish. So, what time is dinner?
  2. Lauren October 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm #
    Beautiful photos, my dear! This looks divine. Mushrooms are one of my favorites! YUM!
  3. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray October 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm #
    Oh yum. This looks fabulous---will you come make it for me?
  4. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen October 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm #
    I've yet to try red quinoa, but this looks downright amazing.
  5. Tina@mylifeasamrs October 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm #
    believe it or not... i have NEVER tried Quinoa... but i'm totally intrigued - is it similar in taste to anything??
    • Bev Weidner October 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm #
      It's kind of hard to describe! Slightly nutty,'s REALLY good. And is so healthy for you you're liable to grow wings. Try it!
  6. October 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm #
    Bev, thank you for sharing the Quinoa Salad Recipe - I like cooking with quinoa, but haven't made it with mushrooms and kale before.
  7. Katie October 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm #
    I feel like I say this every single time I read your recipes...but I'm bookmarking this. It is a big pile of my favorite foods. My only question, where is that chocolate you teased me with??
  8. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm #
    I want to come over and eat all of your food and pick your brain on photography? Sound good? Okay. For me it does at least :)
  9. kelley October 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm #
    All of my favorite things. I heart quinoa, mushrooms, AND kale. A trifecta!!
  10. Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen October 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm #
    Butter in quinoa! Why didn't I think of that!? This looks awesome. I'm definitely adding butter to my next quinoa venture...thanks for the inspiration!
  11. Cassie//Bake Your Day October 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm #
    Yes, please. Beautiful colors. I'm on such a quinoa kick!
  12. Jen Jones October 24, 2011 at 11:25 pm #
    OK - This recipe was on my mind all afternoon so I rushed to my local store. They only had white quinoa (first time user) but I thought, what the heck. Just got done whipping this up. I am eating it straight out the pan - It is sooooo good. Thanks Bev! BTW - Is there a flavor difference between red and white quinoa?
    • Bev Weidner October 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm #
      I'm so glad you like it! I ate my leftovers today and my eyes were stuck in the back of my head. Ya know, I think if we were to test them side by side, we might tell a difference. But, I can't really describe any difference off the top of my head. I just love the nutty, grain-ish flavor. And the butter. Good heavens, the butter.
  13. Marly October 25, 2011 at 12:21 am #
    Oh man, that looks too good to be true! And that's saying a LOT for a recipe sans chocolate! Hey, I think I recognize that bowl. Could it have been a prop in some photograph workshop???
    • Bev Weidner October 25, 2011 at 12:29 am #
      HA! You're correcto! Good eye...:)
  14. DessertForTwo October 25, 2011 at 12:37 am #
    Omg please come to my house and make this for me! Plllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease?!?!?! If I whine loud enough, I just know you'll come! xo
  15. Brenda October 25, 2011 at 2:48 pm #
    This is delicious! I've never used red quinoa. Does it taste the same as the regular kind, the yellow one? AND I love KALE! So nice to see a great, nutritious recipe that doesn't include sugar...YUM! I will totally be making this!
  16. Deborah October 26, 2011 at 3:26 am #
    You've convinced me!! Now I just need to find some red quinoa!
  17. Mushrooms Canada October 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm #
    Yum! This looks delicious & nutritious! I have yet to try red quinoa, but this recipe might get me going! Thanks for sharing. - Brittany
  18. Chanteusecally May 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm #
    It IS DELICIOUS! Just made it with slight variations - had to use up all of the kale and lots more shiitake mushrooms, and mixed red and white quinoa, still fab! Thank you Bev!
  19. Rivka May 3, 2017 at 5:47 am #
    I had mushrooms, had kale and had red quinoa, so google gave me this recipe. beyond delicious. I keep kosher, so I substuted sunflower oil for the butter. Maybe with the butter, its even more amazing, but I did not feel that it lacked anything. Next time, I will try veggie stock and butter.
  20. David Brown August 13, 2020 at 2:29 am #
    Wow.. Yummy!! i will try it Thank you


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