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Quinoa with Wild Mushrooms and Mixed Squashes

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 45 min

Servings: 4 to 6

Recipe By: Nava Atlas

From:  Vegan Express
Used with permission of Random House

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Quinoa with Wild Mushrooms and Mixed Squashes

Earthy and hearty, this kind of grain and mushroom dish appeals to me most in the fall, though it can be served any time of year.

1 cup quinoa, rinsed in a fine sieve
1  natural, salt-free vegetable bouillon cube
1 tablespoon olive oil
1  medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup dry white wine or 1/4 cup water
1  medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
1  medium yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and sliced
6 to 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced or 6-8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, to taste or 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, or more to taste
 salt to taste
 freshly ground black pepper to taste
Combine the quinoa and bouillon cube with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.

Heat the oil in a skillet or stir-fry pan. Add the onioin and garlic and saute over medium heat until translucent.

Add the wine, if using, the squashes, and mushrooms, and saute over medium-high heat until the squashes are touched with golden spots.

Stir in the cooked quinoa, followed by the parsley, oregano, and cumin. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper, the serve at once.

Note: Molasses adds a more assertive flavor to the sauce. I prefer molasses to maple syrup here, but it definitely makes a statement.
Chef Suggestions
Salads with a little sweetness provide a nice balance to this dish.

You can also complete this meal simply with sauteed vegan sausage links and a salad of greens and tomatoes.

Substitute vegetable broth powder for the vegetable bouillon cube.

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