Quinoa pilaf with roasted asparagus and mushrooms is a healthy, satisfying side dish, or meatless main meal. You can make this easy recipe in less than thirty minutes! It’s one of my favorite gluten free asparagus recipes!
Whether you are celebrating the flavors and ingredients of the season or planning menus for springtime holidays and events, #SundaySupper has over 5o Recipes Welcoming Spring. I think you will love this Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Quinoa Pilaf.
You guys, I have a serious problem. Like, no joke, there must be something wrong with me and my body chemistry or something. I need your help!!!
You see, I made this absolutely fabulous quinoa pilaf recipe on a Sunday. It has one lousy shallot in it. Not a giant onion. Not five cloves of garlic. One. Little. Shallot. On Tuesday, after I had taken, what, at least two or three showers and washed my hands approximately 632,520,472,603,831 times (I have the dry skin to prove it), my hands still smelled like shallot!
I’ve tried the whole rubbing your hands on the stainless steel faucet thing. Obviously there had been repeated soap usage. Other times I’ve resorted to lemon juice, but given the current condition of my hands, I deemed that entirely too painful to attempt. HELP! Seriously. What are your tips? I think I’m just going to start doing all of my chopping of fragrant ingredients with rubber gloves on.
So you’ll notice that most of my recipes aren’t too onion or garlic-heavy. Why? Well not only do my hands seem to absorb those smells, but I also tend to taste those flavors for, like, a week. But sometimes I need just a bit, because it tastes so good. Like in this quinoa pilaf!
This Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Quinoa Pilaf is absolutely the dish you want to make this spring.
Roasting the asparagus and mushrooms together intensifies their flavor. And while they are working magic in the oven, all you have to do is simple saute some shallots, add a little white wine, then toss in the quinoa and stock (I used chicken stock, but a vegetable broth or stock would make this totally vegan) and let it cook.
Everything should be ready right around the same time, so just toss it all together with a little lemon zest to freshen it up and some sliced almonds for crunch. When I was enjoying the leftovers, I also sprinkled on a little feta cheese and it was dreamy. I swear I could have eaten the entire bowl, but my three guys who aren’t the biggest fans of asparagus or mushrooms or quinoa actually enjoyed their servings as well. I was pleasantly surprised!
Whether you are roasting a chicken, tossing some pork chops on the grill, or making some shrimp or scallops, quinoa pilaf is a perfect side dish. We actually enjoyed it with some roasted salmon.
But quinoa pilaf also makes a satisfying meatless main dish, and I enjoyed it as a light lunch over a salad with a little olive oil and lemon juice, plus that feta I mentioned.
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Roasted Asparagus Mushroom Quinoa Pilaf
A simple recipe for a springtime side dish or meatless main that is ready in less than thirty minutes.
- about 1 lb asparagus spears, woody stems removed, cut into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces
- 10 oz. white or baby bella mushrooms, quartered
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
- kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock
- zest of a lemon
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Toss the asparagus snd mushrooms with 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet, and roast until tender, about 20-25 minutes.
- While the vegetables are roasting, heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Add shallot and a pinch of salt, and cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the quinoa and toast for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the wine, and cook for a couple of minutes to reduce the liquid a bit.
- Add the stock and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and cook 15 minutes, until the quinoa cooked
- Remove from heat and leave covered for 5 minutes.
- Fluff the quinoa with a fork and stir in asparagus, mushrooms, lemon zest, and almonds.
- with salt and pepper.
Enjoy this Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Quinoa Pilaf Recipe!
Here’s some more springtime sides…
- Cornmeal-Crusted Asparagus
- Browned Butter Peas and Carrots
- Lemon White Wine Green Beans and Mushrooms
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