Asparagus Quinoa Mash

Here is yet another addition to my box of recipes that is made up of food I am trying to use up that has been in my fridge. Frozen sausage, chicken broth, quinoa, cherry tomatoes, and asparagus. The vegetables being pretty fresh, and the onion and garlic being a staple in the home. I’m slowly learning, by looking at and reading other blogs and online recipes, what the kitchen staples are. Garlic, onion, parsley, onion powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, chili and curry powder, rosemary, thyme leaves,chicken broth, canned tomatoes, canned beans and breadcrumbs. What am I forgetting?

Once I’ve gotten through everything, I will finally be able to go to the grocery store again. And you should see my list. I used to think grocery shopping was the most stressful and overwhelming task. But it’s all about how you prepare. Plan your meals. Think about snacks. Make a list, make an ORGANIZED LIST. And do not, I say DO NOT go to the grocery store hungry. If anything, please keep an emergency snack in your purse and eat before leaving for the store, or in the car. There is nothing worse than shaking of hunger through the aisles as you pass by sour cream and cheddar Ruffles, sushi, thick rounds of Genoa salami, rotisserie chicken spotlighted in that orange glowing light, and bags of frozen meals, steaming with an empty promise of quick satisfaction, rows of mouthwatering dressings, endless displays of rainbow colored fruits, taco kits, Magnum bars, and pre-made lobster rolls. You know what I mean.

Other grocery store success story tactics are: never go shopping with a friend. Really take this time to be independent, responsible, breathe deeply, and focus on your thoughts. Friends will mess that up and unintentionally encourage you to pursue more than needed. 

It’s amazing to me how many things I forget that I have at home (Like ketchup. You think you have it but you don’t. It’s one of those things) or forget to buy. Always look in your cabinets, fridge and freezer before you depart for this journey. And make sure everything is crossed off your list before you get in line at checkout. And if there is a 2 for $1 chocolate bar deal near the gum at the cash register, then yes, get it. Market Baskets raspberry filled dark chocolate bars are exquisite.

You’ll need:

Tbsp. olive oil

2 garlic cloves

1/2 red onion

2 sweet Italian sausages

Handful of cherry tomatoes

Batch of asparagus, cut into thirds

1 1/2 cup quinoa

2/3 cup chicken broth

Italian herbs, salt and pepper to taste

Chop onions and mince garlic. Add to oiled and heated pan. Let simmer, and add sausage.

Once the sausage looks cooked and has a crisp dark brown color, add tomatoes, asparagus, chicken broth, and quinoa. Cover and let simmer until the rings have emerged from the quinoa and is cooked all the way through.

Sprinkle with Italian herbs, salt and pepper to your liking.

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