Cajun-Spiced Quinoa

People around the world seem to be becoming more and more health conscious as time passes, and with the proven health benefits that quinoa brings, it’s no wonder that people have recently flocked to the wholesome grain. The versatile quinoa can be shaped and built upon much like regular rice can, however with less calories and more protein! With this Cajun inspired recipe, quinoa is transformed into a spicy mouthful bursting with Southern flavor that everyone at your dinner table is sure to love.

Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
2 chopped green onions
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium orange bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
2 links cooked andouille sausage, halved lengthwise then sliced
2 cups chopped kale
½ tsp Cajun seasoning
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ cup milk
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2 cups chicken broth

Aroma Professional 8-cup rice cooker
5-6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Directions
Set your Aroma Professional 8-cup rice cooker to the Sauté-then-Simmer function and add in olive oil. When hot, add in the green onions and both red and orange bell peppers. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until tender.

Add garlic and once the garlic browns, mix in the tomatoes, sausage, kale, Cajun seasoning, paprika, salt, cayenne pepper and milk. Mix well and then let cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat, move mixture to a different bowl and set aside.

Add the quinoa and vegetable broth to your Aroma rice cooker and press the Quinoa or White rice function.

Combine the cooked quinoa and veggie/spice mixture together in a large serving bowl and let stand for 5 minutes to thicken before serving. Enjoy!

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