Quinoa-roni with Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Quinoa-roni with brussel sprout slivers Quinoa-roni with brussels sprout slivers

This is a healthier spin-off of the famous Rice-a-Roni. The main components of Rice-a-Roni are pasta and rice. I used orzo for the pasta portion, and quinoa instead of rice. Quinoa (pronounced “keenwah”) is a super food that provides an abundance of nutrition, like fiber and protein. Quinoa is my new favorite grain. I absolutely love it with fish, chicken, mixed in salads, and now, in this funky/healthier version of Rice-a-Roni. This dish gave me the energy and gusto to get through my last holiday week before we were inundated by friends and family Christmas day, which by the way was so much fun!


I never really though about how Brussels sprouts grew until I saw this behemoth at the store. I was surprised to find out that these little cabbage-like cuties grow on such a huge stock.  So if you happen to find something like this in the store, please get it. Not only do they stay fresher on the stock, it’s pretty fun to pluck them off yourself.

so delicious...

Optional:  To make this vegetarian or vegan; replace chicken broth with vegetable stock

Quinoa-roni with Brussels Sprouts Recipe


2 cups of Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced lengthwise

1/2 cup quinoa

1 cup orzo

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup chicken broth/vegetable broth

1/3 cup toasted pine nuts

Pinch of salt to taste

*Optional - use a dash of soy sauce for extra flavor, but a dash at a time as this also adds a little saltiness to the recipe.

Toss orzo into boiling water and boil for 9 minutes. Strain and set aside in a mixing bowl. For quinoa, bring 1 cup of broth to a boil. Stir in quinoa and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until quinoa gets fluffy. In a frying pan, saute minced garlic in butter. Slice Brussels sprouts in half, lengthwise, and lightly brown them in frying pan with a little olive oil. Add all ingredients into the mixing bowl with the orzo and stir. Salt and pepper to taste.

Mix in a dash of soy sauce if you like, I personally love the extra flavor it gives the dish.



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  • Posted December 29, 2009 at 6:08 PM | Permalink

    just wonderful recipe…

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