18 April 2011

Fiesta Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

I'm a creature of habit.  If I like a dish, I'll make it over and over again (isn't that some sort of food blogger no-no? Hah!) without thinking twice.  But leftovers? Hear me out on this: I can easily make the same meal twice in one week but when it comes to eating leftovers the next day?  So not appealing!  This never used to be the case at all, I used to make EXTRA of every dish just so I had leftovers.  But lately I see them sitting there all neat and packaged in their cute pyrex containers and I just go BLAH!  Freezing would be a fabulous option; however, a move and other shenanigans might be in my near future.  As a result, I decided to try something new.  

Starting today, I'm going to practice taking leftovers from "Nay" to "Yay!!!!!!"

First up? An experiment gone oh-so-right!

Fiesta Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms
fiesta quinoa stuffed mushrooms
Leftovers shmeftovers! 

What's in it?
Leftover Fiesta Quinoa [click for recipe
Whole Button Mushrooms
Grated Cheddar Cheese
Lime Wedges

This Barely Counts as Cooking
Rinse and  remove stem from mushrooms, stuff with leftover quinoa.  Spray or rub olive oil on a sheet of aluminum foil to prevent sticking.  Top stuffed mushroom with grated cheddar and bake at 350F in a toaster oven or conventional oven for 15 minutes or until warm and golden brown.  Serve with lime wedges

So, how was it?
So amazing that I may or may not have seconds in the toaster oven as we speak =) I totally do! I'm stuffed but couldn't resist one more!  This makes a perfect lunch, dinner, or appetizer!  Hellooo easy party dish!  The spritz of lime on top makes it absolutely refreshing and the flavors of the black beans, quinoa and cumin make a perfect + flavorful stuffing for mushrooms.  Plus it's gluten free! Fabulous <3

fiesta quinoa stuffed mushrooms vegan

Leftover makeover #1? Total success!

What is your favorite way to use up leftovers?  
Is there one type of leftover you will ALWAYS eat no matter what?


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102 comments:

  1. Wow! This looks so darn good! Definitely putting this on my list for when I can eat cheese again!

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  2. That looks great! I wish I liked mushrooms haha. I need to experiment more with them.

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  3. I'm ashamed to say this, but I have never had Quinoa...It's on my TO DO LIST. Thanks for inspiring me. Happy Monday!

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  4. oh yum yum yum! i think i like this reuse idea better than the original. how about topping these with some of that guac from yesterday?!?

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  5. Those look so great! I have never had quinoa, but I've always wanted to try it. I'm a bit intimidated by it. You make it look so easy though, that I may try it. And you go girl for using your leftovers! That's always hard to do

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  6. I'm a creature of habit, too. If I like something, there's a good chance I'm making it three or four nights in a row...

    LOVE stuffed mushrooms- they're one of my favorite apps to order!

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  7. These look awesome! Yet another reason why I must try your quinoa recipe.

    I like comfort food leftovers; pastas, stews, homemade soups. If it isn't something super scrumptious, then I don't want it ;-)

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  8. I looooooove leftovers. I actually feel kind of ripped off when I cook and everything gets eaten the same night. All that work...and ONLY one meal? Ha!

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  9. We are leftover haters in my house :) I'd rather chuck them (or let them go bad in the fridge so I have to throw them out) than eat them. Don't know why because I'll eat the same thing 10 days in a row if I make it new!

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  10. Don't like mushrooms (I know, I'm weird!) but I've been intrique by quinoa and have yet to try it! Looks a bit like brown rice!

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  11. O0o0 I love it! I've never eaten anything in a button mushroom. I think a part of me is kinda scared haha Idk why. Looks yummy though :D

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  12. i knew it was a bad sign when i didnt even know how to pronounce this! but it looks yummy...of course!

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  13. I cooked with Quinoa for the first time this weekend! Where has this thing been all life? Have to check out different recpies!

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  14. Warm mushrooms...melty cheese...mouth watering!! Ugh, now I'm starving! Guess it's a good thing I'm about to whip up your Chana Masala for dinner, huh? 25 minutes...let's see if I can go that long without gnawing my own arm off!

    I don't LOVE leftovers, but I love leftovers. What I do LOVE? Leftovers that enhance their flavors overnight like chili and enchiladas! I swear I'm going to start cooking them 12 hours ahead of time and THEN serving! ;)

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  15. these look so good. SO GOOD.

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  16. I seriously love how yout think! I've been meaning to do some research on new and exciting ways to use quinoa in recipes, but you did all the work for me!!! Thanks, Jenn!

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  17. I've never heard of fiesta quinoa, but I love stuffed mushrooms. Those look oh so yummy!!

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  18. oh I love when leftovers go from NAY to YAY! and that you did. Super duper. hehe!
    I love using a leftover grain for a topping or filling. Nice Jen!

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  19. Ummmm I love this recipe!!!! Holy crap this is so perfect! I have a huge bag of quinoa from costco and I am always looking for fun new uses for quinoa! Thanks a bunch lovie!

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  20. Love this! I don't need leftovers to make this dish. :-) I tend to eat leftovers for lunch a lot. Kind of boring, but I find it really hard to make a meal for just the right amount of food!

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  21. Mmmmm...topping something with melted cheese can ALWAYS jazz up leftovers!

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  22. Quinoa. Yum. Black Beans. Yum. Cumin. Yum.
    Oh man.
    I will be experimenting with this VERY soon.

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  23. Sounds gooooooooood!!! I have never had Quinoa, I must try it soon!!!!

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  24. Woo hoo!!!! Added to my recipe page! I *love* stuffed mushrooms. Oh by the way, these will not be leftovers to me, though. I'll be making them this way from the start xoxo

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  25. LOVE this idea! This is a great way to turn leftovers into something yummy. I don't eat a lot of leftovers haha, so maybe this oculd help me out!

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth
    http://www.organizedxxmess.blogspot.com

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  26. Yummy, delicious!!! Did you get my email? xxx

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  27. While I may not always *love* leftovers, the lazy woman in me goes with it. I love the idea of jazzing up leftovers into something new and exciting! This looks great!

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  28. Leftover perfection! I love quinoa both hot and cold so making a big batch is always a win. I love leftover veggie chili in the winter.

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  29. Why do I always read your posts when I am hungry, Wow! looks so amazing Jenn. Who would have called them leftovers. Not me!!

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  30. this looks fun and colorful! i will ALWAYS eat leftover risotto.

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  31. Leftovers? What are those? hahaha

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  32. I have been looking for a perfect stuffed mushrooms recipe, lo and behold...here it is!!! I love the idea of Mexican flavors instead of the usual. Those look positively delicious.

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  33. if i liked mushrooms, this would look delish! =) we are terrible at using left over in this apartment! i just dumped out far too many containers of scary looking leftovers out of the fridge today!

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  34. I NEEEEEED THIS in my mouth right this second! OHH MY GOSHH YUMMMM!

    xoxo

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  35. Mmm...these look AMAZING! I love mushrooms, so I'm definitely keeping this recipe handy. :)

    The one kind of leftovers I will always eat is hummus (especially from my fave Turkish cafe down the street). I eat it all the time and it really doesn't go bad in a short period of time.

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  36. These look amazing- especially with melted cheese! Makes everything better :)

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  38. Great job on this one! I am totally sold on making this in a few days!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  39. Oh, I so need to do this. Leftovers freak me out. Bad.

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  40. haha i am th EXACT same way!when i find something i love it gets put on repeat for a good two months!!!those shrooms look so cute and tasty!

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  41. Love the leftover makeover!! I bet i would be great in peppers too :) Not a mushroom fan yet...but they are starting to grow on me, just a teeny weeny bit. hehe

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  42. YAY! I have been given a box of quinoa and I honestly had no idea what to do with it! :) Loooove mushrooms (especially bellas)-so this is perfect! Thanks!!

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  43. I love makings lots and lots of quinoa so I can have leftovers all week, and then make tons of veggie bowls!

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  44. I LOVE leftover Veggies! I eat them cold! I just love them! I also love cold leftover pizza here and there! ha!

    These look amazing!!!! Your amazing!

    How are you doing love? Always thinking of you!

    xoxo <3

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  45. omg what a good use of leftovers!!!!! looks delish!

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  46. I love leftover pasta & pizza...COLD!

    I don't like leftover seafood...blegh. And I don't like mushrooms fresh, so I definitely wouldn't like them as leftovers :)

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  47. Looks yummy! Great idea to reinvent leftovers instead of just eating them the same. :)

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  48. These look so GOOD!!! Now I am hungry. sigh.

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  49. What a great idea! I LOVE the whole leftover makeover concept!

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  50. I seriously am in love with mushrooms. Also ive been meaning to cook the quinoa in my pantry for so long now...this recipe looks amazing!!

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  51. I will always eat leftover pizza no matter what. Warm, cold, breakfast, lunch, it doesn't matter :)

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  52. What a great use of the leftovers!
    I'm all about leftovers. I take them to work until they're gone - waste not want not, right?! =)

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  53. You're awesome! These look amazing! I will be making the fiesta quinoa and blogging about it! :)

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  54. The only thing I eat leftover is brown rice - I try to cook a batch for the week. I'm so not good - I never take food home from restaurants either (but there usually isn't a lot left anway...)!

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  55. YUM!!! This sounds totally amazing! I'll take some of those right now! :o)
    I'm not a big fan of leftovers myself, but I'll always eat any kind of leftover pasta.

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  56. precisely why I rarely post food updates. :) I repeat meals CONSTANTLY! however, your mushies look fantastic.

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  58. Haha.
    Shrooms.
    This just makes me laugh.

    P.S. Mushrooms scare me. As a kid, I would run around and pick all of the mushrooms in the yard and squish them. I just can't imagine eating them now.

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  59. Hello! yum! So easy and looks amazing. Love the name too. There's something wonderful about stuffed veggies baked to goodness. Mmmmm ;)

    (tomorrow I'm finally participating in WIAW!!!)

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  60. I love stuffed mushrooms! So easy to make--and these look particularly good! My favorite way to use leftovers is too fill a bowl half way with salad, top with anything (and everything) left over in the fridge. Takes a high level of culinary skill.

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  61. What a great idea! Reinventing your leftovers... I like it. I may have to try that with my picky husband's dislike for leftovers.

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  62. mmm...stuffed mushrooms are my weakness. love the creative take on leftovers!

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  63. oh weeeeeee-delish....love it and need a new recipe for quinoa, I always just end up throwing it in a mix of whatever i'm making!

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  64. that leftover dish looks amazing!! its hard trying to cook the perfect amount for two people! i bet the bf would love this! he is a mushroom lover and we all know how i feel about my mexican!

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  65. So good. Quinoa is such a versatile ingredient, I am in love with it these days.

    An Indian dish called Pav bhaji is the only thing I can eat as leftover. I am very very picky about leftovers, cannot have the same thing twice.

    I'll email you my tried and tested Dal recipe soon, girl!

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  66. I also am not a fan of leftovers. A lot of times, they'll sit in the fridge so long that I end up throwing them out because they go bad :(

    You're so creative in the kichen! I'm so jealous. Those shrooms look amazeballs.

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  67. Yummy, love this recipe for quinoa, the hubs is Peruvian, and thats a staple like rice in their country, great for protein! I'm going to make these recipe this week :)

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  68. Dang girly! This looks incredible!

    xo

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  69. oh my goodness, I need to jump on the quinoa bandwagon.. this looks so good!

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  70. You had me at stuffed mushrooms. These look TO DIE FOR.

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  71. omg that looks good! yummy. i love mushrooms.

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  72. That is definitely a leftover win! I love stuffed mushrooms, especially when they have cheese on them.

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  73. I love love love stuffed mushrooms... of any kind! I'll have to try these!

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  74. I love turning leftovers into something even more amazing! I never think to stuff mushrooms, but that's such a great idea.

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  75. I don't even like mushrooms, but this looks good!

    I try to cook during the week, so we can have leftovers the next day for lunch. We save a lot of money this way. I'm not a huge fan of steak leftovers, unless I cut it up and put into an omelette or stir fry. I believe Chili makes the BEST leftovers, gets better each time! ;) Pizza is also yummy leftover!

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  77. So fabulous! We are terrible about eating our leftovers!

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  78. Oh this looks wonderful, yum!Happy Friday,Happy Good Friday, Happy Earth Day, Happy Jelly Bean Day ( yes it's actually jelly bean day)Hugs from Katherine. P.S have you entered my giveaway?

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  79. So fabulous! We are terrible about eating our leftovers!

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  80. What a great idea! Reinventing your leftovers... I like it. I may have to try that with my picky husband's dislike for leftovers.

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  81. I love love love stuffed mushrooms... of any kind! I'll have to try these!

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  82. That is definitely a leftover win! I love stuffed mushrooms, especially when they have cheese on them.

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  83. Looks yummy! Great idea to reinvent leftovers instead of just eating them the same. :)

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  84. I LOVE leftover Veggies! I eat them cold! I just love them! I also love cold leftover pizza here and there! ha!

    These look amazing!!!! Your amazing!

    How are you doing love? Always thinking of you!

    xoxo <3

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  85. Great job on this one! I am totally sold on making this in a few days!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  86. These look amazing- especially with melted cheese! Makes everything better :)

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  87. I have been looking for a perfect stuffed mushrooms recipe, lo and behold...here it is!!! I love the idea of Mexican flavors instead of the usual. Those look positively delicious.

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  88. Leftovers? What are those? hahaha

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  89. Leftover perfection! I love quinoa both hot and cold so making a big batch is always a win. I love leftover veggie chili in the winter.

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  90. LOVE this idea! This is a great way to turn leftovers into something yummy. I don't eat a lot of leftovers haha, so maybe this oculd help me out!

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth
    http://www.organizedxxmess.blogspot.com

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  91. Sounds gooooooooood!!! I have never had Quinoa, I must try it soon!!!!

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  92. Mmmmm...topping something with melted cheese can ALWAYS jazz up leftovers!

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  93. Love this! I don't need leftovers to make this dish. :-) I tend to eat leftovers for lunch a lot. Kind of boring, but I find it really hard to make a meal for just the right amount of food!

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  94. oh I love when leftovers go from NAY to YAY! and that you did. Super duper. hehe!
    I love using a leftover grain for a topping or filling. Nice Jen!

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  95. I've never heard of fiesta quinoa, but I love stuffed mushrooms. Those look oh so yummy!!

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  96. these look so good. SO GOOD.

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  97. Don't like mushrooms (I know, I'm weird!) but I've been intrique by quinoa and have yet to try it! Looks a bit like brown rice!

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  98. I looooooove leftovers. I actually feel kind of ripped off when I cook and everything gets eaten the same night. All that work...and ONLY one meal? Ha!

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  99. Those look so great! I have never had quinoa, but I've always wanted to try it. I'm a bit intimidated by it. You make it look so easy though, that I may try it. And you go girl for using your leftovers! That's always hard to do

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  100. I'm ashamed to say this, but I have never had Quinoa...It's on my TO DO LIST. Thanks for inspiring me. Happy Monday!

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