Pumpkin is always calling my name. I know the festive orange vegetable is sort of splattered all over the place for the entire Fall season and you’re probably sick and tired of seeing it. Maybe you’re sick and tired of eating it. Or maybe, like myself, you have a can sitting in the cupboard and have absolutely no idea where to begin.
Fear not, my friend, I’ve got ya covered – and just in time to celebrate the first day of Winter!
Red quinoa, Brussels, sprouts, sundried tomatoes, and pumpkin are the #plantPOWER ingredients that serve as the base of the meal. Nutritional yeast, almond milk, and some savory spices make for a rockin’ sauce too!
Quinoa & Brussels Sprouts in a Savory Pumpkin Sage Sauce
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked (1/4 cup dry)
- 1 cup Brussels sprouts, sliced in half
- 1-2 tsp. coconut oil
- 1/3 cup pumpkin
- 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 3 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp. ground sage
- Dash of stevia
- Sea salt & black pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp. sundried tomatoes, sliced into thin strips
- Cooked quinoa as directed.
- In a sautee pan, cook Brussels sprouts in coconut oil for 6 minutes on medium heat, tossing every minute.
- In a separate sauce pan, on low heat, combine pumpkin, nutritional yeast, almond milk, and spices (including stevia, salt, and pepper). Stir until the mixture is well combined and allow it to cook for 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
- When quinoa is finished cooking, strain it before scooping it into the sauce pan containing the pumpkin sage sauce. Stir to combine.
- Add Brussels sprouts and stir some more. Allow the flavors to blend for about 5 minutes before transferring it to a serving dish.
- Top with sundried tomatoes and serve!
Oh man. This sauce is so good! It will create a savory party in your mouth. Hope you’re okay with that. I love this dish because of its comfort factor too. It’s perfect to make during the Winter time because it warms your body while nourishing it at the same time! Double win.
I hope you make this dish for your family…or just for you! It’s a great alternative to mac ‘n cheese or chili because it still has that creamy-meets-comforting effect. We don’t need to use extravagant and outrageously expensive foods and we don’t need boatloads of time to create a nutritionally dense meal. A real passion of mine is making functional recipes with ingredients most of us already have on hand. My goal in the recipes that I share with you is to inspire you to think outside the cupboard and create flavorful dishes with simple, whole foods!
What do you think – have I done it? If not, how can I be better? Leave a comment below telling me what you’d like to see more of from my recipes. You always inspire me to dig deeper!