I grocery shop once a week (every Sunday). My boyfriend and I sit down, plan meals for the week, and make a grocery list based on that. Despite the thinking ahead, we always seem to end up with items at the end of the week that need to be used ASAP before they go bad - I'm sure you can relate. Thanks to this unfortunate weekly occurrence, however, this amazing dish was born!
This week's victims? Fresh basil and brussels sprouts. The basil started to brown and wilt in spots. The brussels sprouts were looking sad. I knew I had to rescue them and let them shine in all the glory they were meant to. So the brainstorming began and with the addition of quinoa and sesame these "victims" of my over-shopping became stars in their own right!
The nuttiness of toasted sesame seeds along with sesame oil plays really well with the herbacious flavors of basil. The brussels sprouts add a fresh crunch and the quinoa brings it all together as healthy sustenance!
I absolutely recommend making this dish like...right now. You won't be disappointed. I'm eating it as I write this and I am sooo far from disappointed. I know you're getting all jealous now and your mouth is watering, so I'll just cut straight to the recipe. Enjoy!
Sesame Basil Quinoa with Fried Brussels Sprouts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 as a meal, 4 as a side
You Will Need:
What's leftover in your fridge right now? What will you do with it?
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