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Chicken Apple Sausage, Mushroom, Spinach & Quinoa Bowl

Hey, I made this, and it was pretty good! It was a recipe I thought up all in my head – sometimes the things I think up there turn out…ok.

This tastes like a big bowl of deliciousness, a good meal for transitioning into fall. It was my first time actually making quinoa, and I’ll admit, I had couscous in mind for this dish up until I dumped the quinoa out and noticed “Yep…that’s not couscous”. Oh well.

Here’s what you’d need if you were to attempt something like this at home. Feel free to make it even better – I won’t feel bad.

Chicken Apple Sausage, Mushroom, Spinach & Quinoa Bowl2

Chicken Apple Sausage, Mushroom, Spinach & Quinoa Bowl


  • 1 package – Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage (I used the ones from Trader Joe’s)
  • Sliced Mushrooms
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Cooking Sherry
  • 1 package Garden Vegetable Quinoa or other suitable flavor – possibly even couscous
  • 1/2 cup mirepoix (I used Trader Joe’s – sub finely diced celery, carrots and onion)
  • 1 handful dried cranberries


Start your quinoa by boiling the amount of water the package calls for in a saucepan.This stuff takes longer than couscous to cook, so be careful. You’re looking at a good 20 mins to boil the water and cook the quinoa. When your water begins to boil, throw the mirepoix in the water. Simmer for a few minutes, then put in the quinoa, turn the heat down to a simmer, and cover.

While your quinoa is doing it’s thang, brown the chicken sausages on medium high heat in a frying pan with a dash of olive oil or cooking spray. You can cook them whole or cut them into bite size pieces before you cook them. When the sausages start to develop some color (around 5 mins), throw in your mushrooms, and keep cooking. Stir occasionally. When the mushrooms start to brown, throw in some sherry. It’ll boil off. At this point, throw in whatever spices and herbs you’d like to the sausages and mushrooms. Turn heat down and simmer. If things start to dry out, there’s always more sherry, or you can toss in a little water or broth.

Check that quinoa! By this point, it’s probably close to ready. Throw in the cranberries. Trust me – it adds even more of that sweet and savory note. Stir in and cover.

When everything is starting look ready, throw in a 2 big handfuls of spinach on top of your sausage and mushrooms. Cook on low for a minute, then turn on off heat and remove from burner. Try to have your spinach retain more of a brighter green color. If it looks like the stuff Popeye would eat, you’ve probably overdone it.

Remove everything from heat, put the quinoa at the bottom of a bowl and layer the sausage, mushrooms and spinach mix over the quinoa. Take a bunch of pictures, and blog about it later.

…oh wait. Not that last part :)

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I’m not quite certain how this blog turned 4 years old (Um, what?!? This blog is 4 years old?!) without me talking to you about my absolute, unwavering, unconditional love for Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe's LogoHave you been to a Trader Joe’s? If not, let me paint a picture for you: Imagine yourself in a magical land of grocery items, many of which are specialty items, unavailable at your local grocery haunts. Now imagine all the employees are super happy to see you and are actually helpful in a friendly way. Sounds good, right? Absolutely, now imagine yourself walking through a magical aisle of wine – wines of an astounding variety, wines with super cheap prices ($2.99), wines that magically end up in your cart and typically add up to at least a case. Apply this scenario to almost every aisle in Trader Joe’s, and you could understand how it’s one of my most favorite places to shop for my most favorite of all things: food.

We’ve arrived at late September, and around this time of year everything’s coming up pumpkin/pumpkin-spiced. Not to be outdone in the fall pumpkin explosion, Trader Joe’s had a big sign near the entrance stating they’ve stocked over 50 pumpkin/pumpkin-spiced items throughout the store. Yes, you could tell walking down the magical aisles – lots of pumpkin stuff. Lots of pumpkin stuff I’d love to eat. Lots of pumpkin stuff I also probably can’t be trusted around.

Then I stumbled on these little gems, which somehow also magically ended up in my cart:

Trader Joe's Mini Ginger Pumpkin Ice Cream Mouthfuls - Dining at My Desk











MINI GINGER PUMPKIN ICE CREAM MOUTHFULS!! Rejoice! Since I’m TPALD and BATPALD, pre-portion controlled snacks are always a winner, and I’m actually really good at following the recommended serving sizes when food comes packaged as such. In case you’re wondering, here are the nutritional stats:

Trader Joe's Mini Ginger Pumpkin Ice Cream Mouthfuls Nutrition & Calories


















Not bad at ALL for little ice cream sammies! Here’s how they really look:

Trader Joe's Mini Ginger Pumpkin Ice Cream Mouthfuls2 - Dining at My Desk














These particular mini mouthfuls look like they may have melted a little on the way home, but they tasted FANTASTIC! They’re a gingersnap with delicious pumpkin ice cream inside. It was love at first bite for me, and I’m particularly excited to be dog sitting, meaning I don’t have to share these with anyone this week. I did think as I chewed along, that the ginger overpowered the pumpkin ice cream just a bit, but they were still delicious nonetheless.

Would I buy them again? You bet! I’m not sure how long they’ll last at Trader Joe’s, so you might want to head over and scoop some up. I imagine they’d pair nicely with any fine Charles Shaw variety. #TwoBuckChuck


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