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My favorite part about Valentine’s Day is February 15th, the day after, when ALL that Valentine’s day candy goes on sale! Yes, chocolate is my true love! But, this year, the dates are not working for me. This year, Lent happens to begin on February 14th and I seem to have gotten it through my thick skull to tame my food-vice/chocolate-addiction for the duration of it. Currently, Lent runs for 40 days, but Sundays are not included in that count, which results in 46 days – FORTY SIX days without chocolate! Currently, there is a tray of chocolate coated, chocolate hazelnut stuffed, strawberry truffles hanging out in my fridge for a get together tonight and am hoping it makes it to tonight because currently I am contemplating taking Fat Tuesday to a whole new level and eating ALL the chocolate I can – sale or no sale!
Y’all, I kid, I kid!
Or, maybe … NOT…
On a serious note, let’s get back to Lent. I grew up with my parents observing the 40 days of Lent by mostly abstaining from eating meat during it. So, over the years, my daughter and I have tried doing so as well. Over the recent years, my daughter and I have also tried to give up one of our food-related-vices during that time. As we tend to enjoy a mostly vegetable and fish rich diet year round, no meat is no big deal. Even on days when we have limited time to get dinner on the table – there’s convenient and tasty, Gorton’s Beer Battered Crispy Fillets we can bake up and enjoy with an Easy Turmeric Quinoa and Veggie Saute like the one you see here.
I usually have a few packages of Gorton’s Beer Battered Crispy Fillets and Gorton’s Seafood Appetizers – Mac n Cheese Shrimp Bites, sitting in my freezer after a weekend shopping excursion to Walmart – which can make dinner so easy! Gorton’s Beer Battered Crispy Fillets are not only quick and easy to prepare, but their appealing taste pairs so well with most grains and vegetables! Gorton’s range of products can handle any need in the reality of daily life. Gorton’s is the simplest pickup to use right when I get home, or any time.
Recently, I have been experimenting more with charring vegetables, and for this recipe, I charred up some mushrooms really well (crispy mushrooms to match Gorton’s Beer Battered Crispy Fillets), before mixing them with some slowly caramelized onions, carrots, celery, spinach, quinoa, and a symphony of spices! Have you tried charred mushrooms? In my opinion, they are so amazingly delicious – charing them seems to bring out flavors in mushrooms that I hadn’t tasted before. Move over chocolate, I think I’m developing a new food-vice for charred mushrooms!
Y’all, I kid, I kid!
Or, maybe … NOT…
On a serious note, no matter if you are or aren’t engaging in Lent this year, the next time y’all find yourselves at Walmart, please do pick up a couple packages of Gorton’s Beer Battered Crispy Fillets and Gorton’s Seafood Appetizers – Mac n Cheese Shrimp Bites to enjoy. I am hoping Gorton’s will become your guide for real, quality, delicious seafood on your table – like it has on mine! You can find more information as well as recipe ideas incorporating Gorton’s product on their website as well as social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!
This Easy Turmeric Quinoa and Veggie Saute brings together the flavors of crispy, charred mushrooms and caramelized onions in a delightful meal that would be highly enjoyable at lunch or dinner!
- 1 onion sliced
- 2 cloves garlic diced
- 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1 carrot diced
- 1 celery stalk diced
- 1/2 cup mushrooms
- 1/2 cup tri-colored quinoa
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 1 cup fresh spinach loosely packed
- 8 fillets Gorton's Beer Battered Crispy Fillets
- 2 tbsps olive oil
- parsley for garnish
To save time, I used 2 separate pans. You can use one pan to char the mushrooms and then use that same pan to caramelize the onions and make the quinoa and veggie saute, but that will add to the overall cooking time.
Add 1 tbsp oil to each of the pans (over low/medium heat) and make sure to spread it around (it's easier to spread when it's warmed up a bit). Add the mushrooms to one pan and the onion to the other and let saute. The mushrooms need only to be flipped a few times to get an even char on both sides (I usually let them cook about 10 minutes, then flip and stir). The onions need to be stirred a bit more often, make sure the flame/heat is low enough they don't burn - caramelizing an onion takes a while (about 35 to 40 minutes) so, you could always caramelize a batch of onions and set them aside to use as needed.
Meanwhile, prepare Gorton's Beer Battered Crispy Fillets according to package directions.
When the mushrooms are crispy, turn the stove off and set them aside.
When the onion is caramelized, add the garlic and ginger into the pan and saute a minute more. Then add in the carrot and celery and saute another minute or so. Add in the quinoa and coriander, turmeric, smoked paprika, quinoa and vegetable stock and let simmer -with pan covered- on medium heat for 10 minutes.
Then, add in the spinach and cover and let cook another 5 more minutes.
Turn off heat, toss in crispy mushrooms and stir well.
Serve Turmeric Quinoa and Veggie Saute with Gorton's Beer Battered Crispy Fillets, garnish with sriracha and parsley (optional) and enjoy!
*Nutrition values for quinoa and veggies only, please check Gorton's Beer Battered Crispy Fillets packaging for nutrition info on Gorton's Beer Battered Crispy Fillets.