Quinoa with Edamame and Mushrooms

Quinoa with Edamame and Mushrooms| Pick Fresh Foods

I am a seriously obsessive person. I know I am and there is nothing I can do to stop myself. Okay, so my son has this little wooden puzzle box. You know, like a brain teaser. Well, he dropped it on the floor! Now, I’ve got to get these pieces back in the box. It’s making me crazy! I sit down and I try and try to fit these 7 little pieces back in that box. Every time it’s wrong.

I remembered that I saw the instructions somewhere. I’m checking everywhere I think I saw this little paper. Hours are passing by people!! I’m obsessively searching and just trying to put this thing back together. No luck. 

Ah, the Internet! It’s a marvelous thing. I searched long enough to finally find a video of someone putting a similar puzzle back together. Voila! I got it back in the box…nevermind that I had to do some “research”.

I spent several hours of my day trying to put a puzzle together. Crazy! I tell myself, “let it go Cindy.” I don’t listen. I can’t move on until find what I’m looking for, remember that name, place, or thing that I can’t recall. Ugh!


Quinoa with Edamame and Mushrooms| Pick Fresh Foods


I also become obsessed with foods. If you follow me regularly, you know that I have a smoothie obsession. My son asked when am I going to stop drinking smoothies. Umm, never. I’ve been drinking them for years. I love them. I can’t stop. 

Along with smoothies, I am obsessed with quinoa. Back when I started making this quinoa salad, my son would make fun of the word “quinoa”. Every time I mentioned quinoa, he’d say “you mean ‘queen-o’?” Stealing from the Super Bowl commercial, he even altered my menu by writing “dirty tree branch” next to “quinoa”. Keep on laughing, kid, I’m still cooking it. It is so versatile and nutritious, why would I stop? Obsessive people can’t stop. My latest obsession is this amazing Quinoa with Edamame and Mushrooms…


Quinoa with Edamame and Mushrooms| Pick Fresh Foods

This is a high protein meal! Not only does the quinoa have protein, so do the mushrooms and edamame.

Edamame offers 17 grams of protein per cup. Edamame are fresh soybeans, they are actually legumes. Edamame is said to be heart healthy because it can lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol. Edamame have lots of great nutrients such as protein, riboflavin, iron, magnesium, vitamin K, and fiber. 


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Quinoa with Edamame and Mushrooms| Pick Fresh Foods

Most of my quinoa recipes are perfect eaten cold, but I like this one warm. My Quinoa Edamame and Mushrooms will keep you going back for more!  I like to serve it as a main dish. It is deliciously savory and hearty.

I love the combination of the warm quinoa, meaty mushrooms, creamy soybeans with the zesty lime. It’s full of texture and flavor to make your taste buds happy and it will leave you feeling satisfied.


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Quinoa with Edamame and Mushrooms
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Serves: 4
  • 1 cup red quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced thin
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 4 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 fresh lime, juiced
  1. In a medium sauce pan add quinoa and vegetable broth; bring to a boil.
  2. Cover and reduce heat to low; cook for 15 minutes.
  3. When the quinoa is nearly done heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add the mushrooms to the pan. Sprinkle with pepper. Cook the mushrooms until they slightly browned.
  5. Add the garlic to the pan and sauté until fragrant. Remove from heat.
  6. Combine cooked quinoa, mushrooms and edamame in a large serving bowl.
  7. Squeeze lime juice over quinoa; stir.
  8. Sprinkle green onions on top.






  1. I’m glad I’m not the only one with a totally obsessive personality! I get on kicks all the time with certain foods, certain hobbies, etc! And this quinoa sounds great!

    • Yay, I’m not alone in my craziness 😀 I’m loving this quinoa! I made some and have been having it for lunch everyday.

  2. We grow a bunch of soybeans in the garden so I’m always looking for new recipes on how to use them, can’t wait to try this!

    • Oh, Pamela how I would love to have your garden. I’m still trying to figure out what grows well here, so I don’t have much growing. I’m thinking I should try indoor growing.

  3. Looks super delicious! Food like this always gives me so much energy! :)

  4. Love the look of this, Cindy, and definitely pinning! I love edamame beans and they look great against the red quinoa. Unfortunately they’ve only just started selling quinoa in the Greek supermarkets so I think it’ll be a while before they graduate to the red! Never mind!

    • Oh, that’s a bummer Helen. I know it took us a while to get different colors of quinoa here too. It would be just as good with regular white quinoa too 😀

  5. This looks awesome Cindy! I love quinoa too and am always looking for new dish ideas. This sounds wonderful with the edamame and mushrooms! Pinning :)

    • Thanks for Pinning Kelly 😀 I too am always looking for new combinations. I don’t think I’ve come across one that I haven’t liked. Haha It is just so delicious with everything!

  6. Cindy, I can really relate to your obsessiveness with food though I would not have the patience to do that puzzle! My son asked me one night why I always eat oatmeal if that gives you an indication as to my eating patterns and how much I stick to something. When I love something, I can’t stop eating it for a few years until I’m somehow ready to move on. And if it’s good for you, why rush it!

    I love quinoa too. It’s good for you and I love how it fills me up without weighing me down. Have you ever made America’s Test Kitchen’s quinoa pilaf recipe? I made it recently – it was really good and you might like it…

    • I totally agree Monica 😀 Why rush a good thing?! I’ll have to look at ATK. I have one of their cookbooks and love their recipes.

  7. This quinoa looks so delicious! It’s okay – I’m totally an obsessor too! I go through periods of obsessiveness! But if it brings on delicious food, no one should complain to us haha!

  8. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    I am super obsessive with stuff too – and quinoa is on the list of things I can’t stop eating, so this dish is right up my alley! It looks great!

    • To me it is a good quality. Part of being a perfectionist 😀 now this dish is nearly perfect. Full and good flavors and great nutrients.

  9. yum Cindy, this is a great meatless monday dish :)

  10. sprinklesandsauce says:

    love the addition of edamame!

  11. Omg, I think I would have done the same as you! I’ve come to love quinoa recently and I constantly look for recipes using it. My husband doesn’t like it and thinks I’m a little obsessed over it too. I could do worse, right? 😉 This looks delicious. :)

    • Exactly, obsession over good healthy food can’t be bad 😀 Quinoa is so versatile. I love to make these salads and take them for lunch. They are so quick and easy to make.

  12. I love edamame too. It is just delicious in salads! Hope you have a great weekend!

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