Smoked Sausage, Kale, and Cider Quinoa Skillet

Makes 4 servings

Total Time: 30 min



1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

12oz smoked sausage (I used Johnsonville)

4 cups chopped lacinato kale

1 large shallot, chopped

2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

salt and pepper

1 cup apple cider

1 cup chicken broth

1 cup quinoa, rinsed very well under cold running water

1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)



  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat then add sausage, kale, shallot, and sage. Season lightly with salt and pepper then saute until sausage begins to turn golden brown and kale is tender, 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add cider and chicken broth then turn heat up to bring to a boil.
  3. Add rinsed quinoa, place a lid on top, then turn heat down to medium and simmer until quinoa has absorbed all the liquid and is tender, 20-25 minutes.
  4. Remove skillet from heat then stir in cranberries and let sit with the lid on for 5 minutes before serving.


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