Friday, January 17, 2014

Kale, Shrimp, Chicken Sausage, and Feta Quinoa Toss

Happy Friday!

I think Mother Nature was confused yesterday. I woke up to temps that barely carried a chill in the air. It left a longing for spring. :(

That warmer morning temps didn't last too long, though, because in the afternoon the wind was howling and snow fell at rapid speeds. This caused one heck of a commute home! What usually takes me 15-20 minutes, including picking up Kaydin, took me an hour last night. The whole city was in grid lock! Crazy!

Hopefully we won't be dumped on with too much more snow during what's left of winter (although this year we really haven't gotten too much) but you won't catch me holding my breath for that one.

In the meantime while we wait for beautiful spring to arrive, cozy up with this warm, simple dish! It features many of my favorite ingredients and couldn't be easier to throw together!

Kale, Shrimp, Chicken Sausage, and Feta Quinoa Toss

1/2 lb deveined, tail-off cooked shrimp
2 chicken sausage links, any flavor
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups fresh kale, torn into pieces, stems removed
2 tsp red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 tsp olive oil + extra for drizzling
pepper to taste

1. Add olive oil to pan and allow to heat. Add  kale to the pan and saute for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Add shrimp and sliced sausages to the kale. Saute another 4 minutes or until shrimp almost cooked through. (Sausage is already pre-cooked so that just needs heated.) Stir occasionally.
3. Add quinoa, vinegar, and drizzle of olive oil to the mix. Stir occasionally until heated. Remove from heat.
4. Add feta at the end of cooking and stir together. Season with pepper to taste.

*The vinegar addition could be left out if that's not your thing.

What are you up to this weekend?
We don't have too much planned. We'll be hitting up Glitterazzi and also may be taking a quick trip to Iowa City so Tim can check out a new car. I'm riding along because I hope he agrees to a pit stop at a few stores at the Tanger Outlets in Williamsburg and the Amish bulk grocery stores :)