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Sausage, Asparagus & Walnut Quinoa Pilaf with Cranberries.

  • 1 small bunch
    asparagus
  • ⅛ cup
    dried cranberries
  • 1 clove
    garlic
  • 3
    pork sausages
  • ⅓ cup
    quinoa
  • ⅛ cup
    walnuts
  •  
    black pepper
  •  
    Dijon mustard
  •  
    extra virgin olive oil
  •  
    salt
  •  
    white wine vinegar
  • 1
    In a small saucepan, combine quinoa and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
    ⅓ cup quinoa
    ⅔ cup water
  • 2
    Meanwhile, preheat a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 3
    Cut the sausages at an angle into 1-inch pieces.
    3 pork sausages
  • 4
    Once the skillet is hot, add oil and swirl to coat the bottom.
    1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 5
    Add the sausage to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides and almost cooked through, 8-10 minutes.
  • 6
    Meanwhile, wash and snap or cut off the woody ends of the asparagus; then cut into 2-inch pieces.
    1 small bunch asparagus
  • 7
    Peel and mince garlic.
    1 clove garlic
  • 8
    In a large bowl, prepare dressing by whisking together vinegar, oil, Dijon, salt, and pepper.
    1 tbsp white wine vinegar
    2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    1 tsp Dijon mustard
    ¼ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 9
    Roughly chop walnuts.
    ⅛ cup walnuts
  • 10
    When the sausage is almost cooked through, add asparagus, garlic, and walnuts; continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until asparagus is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. When done, remove from the heat, cover, and set aside.
  • 11
    Uncover the quinoa and fluff with a fork. Add quinoa and asparagus-sausage mixture to the bowl with the sauce and stir to combine.
  • 12
    To serve, divide the pilaf between plates and garnish with cranberries. Enjoy!
    ⅛ cup dried cranberries