Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 14, 2013

So this dish I made with the intention of my husband and I eating for lunch. But it could certainly be a main dish in and of itself, or a delicious side dish with some grilled chicken or steaks. The reason I made this as a “lunch dish,” is the Brussels sprouts. My kiddos are fantastic eaters, they love most green vegetables, but 2 out of the 3 of them “draw the line” at Brussels sprouts. And I didn’t want to waste all this delicious-ness on kids who wouldn’t enjoy the meal!

Our boys love quinoa (remember when Tyler couldn’t get enough of it at about 16 months old?!). And they love bacon. But I didn’t want to risk it, with the addition of the Brussels sprouts :)

Steve enjoyed this for lunch…so much so that he texted me and thanked me for the tasty food. (He doesn’t text. Ever. So this was a big deal, and shows how much he enjoyed it!)

I’ll share the recipe as I made it, but note that it is heavy on the lemon flavor…as that’s how we prefer it. You could try using just 1 lemon, and then adding more lemon juice as your taste buds prefer. But in general, lemon + bacon + Brussels sprouts = fabulous flavor.

(There is a little bit about pricing information and best places to find/buy quinoa in this post.)

I hope you enjoy this as much as Steve and I did!!!

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Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Yield – 4 lunch servings, 8 side dish servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 25 minutes, total


  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked ($1)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil ($.10)
  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, stems removed and halved ($1.99)
  • 2 lemons, juiced ($.50)
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled. ($1.33)
  • 2 Tbsp minced onion ($.05)
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste



  • In a saucepan, cook the quinoa according to package directions. (Takes about 20 minutes.) Remove from heat once done cooking.
  • (If you haven’t cooked the bacon, cook it in a skillet, drain the skillet and crumble the bacon. Then proceed…) (I usually “batch cook” bacon, so I already had some cooked.)
  • In a large skillet, add the olive oil, the halved Brussels sprouts and any stray leaves, the crumbled bacon, and the minced onion (finely chopped small white onion works too.). Squeeze the lemon juice into the skillet as they are sauteeing. Saute over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes, or until Brussel sprouts have turned bright green and browned slightly. Remove from heat to prevent overcooking and burning. Stir in the pepper and salt, to taste.
  • Toss the bacon-Brussels sprouts mixture with the cooked quinoa. Serve warm.

Cost $4.97

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara November 26, 2013 at 8:47 am

Has anyone tried this recipe?


Tiffany April 12, 2014 at 10:16 pm

I LOVED this recipe. Go figure my 4 year old wasn’t big on the brussels, my husband is a texture guy so the quinoa didn’t go over that well but I really enjoyed the refreshing flavors!! I did use the bacon drippings for the sprouts :)


Jesse May 23, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Hmmm … delicius i’m prepare in my dinner


Marcelo Amim May 29, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Is a good food to health.


Fernando October 31, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Awsome recipe, it looks fantastic !


monica November 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm

It is a good food for health. but must be very careful with what you eat !


monica November 24, 2014 at 6:29 am

I totally agree , but rather advise pass the doctor to make some assessments


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