It was “Meatless Monday” and the majority of my family was out of the house during dinner time, which allowed me to make any thing I wanted for dinner. I made the red, white, and blue quinoa I had picked up the other day, but had never tried. It’s actually called tricolored quinoa. I wanted to add something with a flavor pop: sun dried tomatoes. I also had an entire container of mushrooms calling my name, “ one else will.” I obliged. Call me a sympathetic, but when mushrooms ask for help, I answer. The rest just fell into place as I danced around my pantry looking for ingredients to toss in. It’s actually a beautiful dish in real life.

My youngest son is quite excitable, and when I said we were having quinoa he started chanting. “Keen-wa, Keen-wa, Keen-wa,” with fists in the air. I didn’t quite understand the excitement, but who am I to judge a half-naked toddler and his chants? I decided to join in (I kept my clothes on). Inevitably, he asked for cookies before dinner was completely eaten, and I found myself saying: “You can’t have any cookies until you eat your quinoa.” That was like a slap in the face. I had just unintentionally modernized the lyrics of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in The Wall ("you can't have any pudding..."). I like Pink Floyd....I was mad at myself long enough to make fun of myself and post it to Facebook, but I recovered. No Rowan, eat your dinner first.

Sun Dried Tomato and Mushroom Quinoa | Twisted Tastes

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Sun Dried Tomato and Mushroom Quinoa

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup olive oil
2/3 cups sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, sliced
4 cups portabella mushrooms, sliced
4 cups tri colored quinoa, cooked in vegetable broth
4 tsp garlic, minced
1/3 cup Italian dressing


  1. Prepare the quinoa as the bag suggests using vegetable broth rather than water; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. (I used the olive oil from the jar of sun dried tomatoes.)
  3. Sauté the minced garlic and mushrooms in the heated oil until golden brown.
  4. To the skillet, add the quinoa, tomatoes, Italian dressing, crushed red pepper, and salt.
  5. Turn the heat to low and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  6. Serve warm or cold.
Yields: 8 servings.

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