right now a lot of things are kind of overwhelming to me. & cooking is one of them. I love to cook. but when you have school til 3:30 and a PTA meeting at 5:45… or school til 3:30 and tutoring at 5:30… getting to the grocery store & making dinner seems kind of impossible. if anything, it can only happen after all of the other things… which means you don’t eat til 8pm. sometimes I just eat out. but mostly I eat things like hummus, pita, apples, granola bars, oranges, spinach leaves. healthy & somewhat filling but all cold & kind of soul-less.
several weeks ago I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of shauna niequest‘s new book, bread & wine. even in the midst of teacher life, I devoured it. I’ve loved all her books, but I might love this one best. all of the stories connected so beautifully to the theme of the table without feeling forced. & the book was full of recipes… fancy sounding things like mango chicken curry & goat cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates, but also very do-able things. simple, homemade salad dressing. goat cheese biscuits. breakfast quinoa. & on one kinda icky night when I was definitely too tired & overwhelmed for a dinner party, david & I made this breakfast quinoa. quinoa, onions, chicken apple sausage, & eggs (scrambled for me, fried for him). it was warm & satisfying & exactly what we needed. & this morning, several weeks later, I made it again. & it was just right the second time as well.
I’m thankful for books that are comforting & inspiring all at once. & for recipes that are flavorful & delicious but attainable even on nights when you have three & a half commitments. I want to have dinner parties again soon. but for now, breakfast for dinner will do just fine.
breakfast quinoa for two
(adapted from “bread & wine,” by shauna niequest)
half an onion
2 links apple chicken sausage (it’s in the organic section at Kroger)
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
heat the olive oil in a pan over medium low heat. slice the onion as finely as you like (I like it pretty fine). after giving the onion a head start, slice the sausage links & add them to the pan.
pour quinoa & water in a small pot. bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer for around 15 minutes. fluff with a fork and let cool for 5 minutes.
divide the quinoa into two bowls. stir the onions & sausage into the quinoa. then, in the same pan as the onion (gotta love two pan meals), fry two eggs over easy* & slide one on top of each bowl. yum.
*as you can see, I prefer my egg scrambled. although david went for fried & loved it.