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Meaty cremini mushrooms perfectly sauteed with garlic and butter, combined with light and fluffy quinoa and fresh thyme leaves.

I have a crush on a girl.  It’s true!  She doesn’t know this yet, but she will if she reads this post.  As you know, Dear Reader, Lord Byron’s Kitchen did not start with the intention of becoming such a large collection of recipes. When I started this blog, it was with the sole purpose of posting recipes that were inspired by the comfort food I had grown up with. But, there was one catch – that comfort food had to be made into a vegetarian version without sacrificing texture or taste.

Much to my surprise, I fell in love with blogging, and coupled with my love of cooking and baking, Lord Byron’s Kitchen as you see it today, is a result of that very basic and humble beginning.

Once I began to learn the ropes – and there were so many! – one of the first things I did was to join a few Facebook groups that were full of other food bloggers. Initially, my goal was to increase my readership and to hopefully have some of those other food bloggers share some of my recipes to their social media outlets.

I have to say, food bloggers are some of the most genuine and helpful people I’ve ever known. It’s such a great community to be a part of. They are always there to offer advice, wisdom, or to lend a helping hand. I cannot tell you how many times I have run into issues with the technical side of blogging, only to have one of my fellow food bloggers walk me through the steps to correct the issue – saving me $$ in the long run! (Kylee at Kylee Cooks has become one of blogging heroes!)

One blogger, particularly, stood out for me.  She prepares meals and dishes which I would gladly serve to my friends and family. She’s so real and authentic; she’s down to earth and non-pretentious about her food.  Her food is all about feeling comfortable in the kitchen and eating homemade foods which won’t break the bank.  Her name is Amanda, and her blog is affectionately called The Chunky Chef.

This dish was actually inspired by Amanda’s Garlic and Mushroom Quinoa.  I was perusing her blog, as I normally do, and came upon this particular dish.  As you know, my new found love for mushrooms has found me searching for ways to incorporate the ingredient into our day-to-day meals.  Amanda’s recipe was easy to follow, and used cremini mushrooms, which to me, are the best kind!  I knew I had to make this dish!

The only difference between her dish and mine is heat.  I added a small amount of dried red chili flakes just to add my own little spin, and besides, it’s very cold here in Toronto, and the heat was a welcomed addition! Oh, and I also left out the parmesan cheese. You can totally add parmesan to your version if you prefer, but I just wasn’t feeling it for this particular recipe.

Here’s the recipe, but please be sure to visit Amanda’s blog to read her recipe as well.  Just don’t tell her I sent you, or my secret foodie love affair just might be revealed!  😉

If you loved this quinoa recipe, here are some other quinoa recipes that might interest you as well:

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Sautéed Mushroom Garlicky Quinoa

Meaty cremini mushrooms perfectly sauteed with garlic and butter, combined with light and fluffy quinoa and fresh thyme leaves.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine North American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 491kcal
Author Lord Byron’s Kitchen


  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red chili flakes, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the package. Set aside.
  • In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and butter. Sauté the mushrooms until very well done. (Strive for a meatier tasting mushroom by cooking for a longer period of time. Of course, you can stop cooking the mushrooms whenever you have reached the desired outcome for your personal tastes.)
  • Add the garlic and dried red chili flakes – if using.  Stir into the mushrooms. Allow the garlic to cook with the mushrooms for 3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked quinoa, fresh thyme leaves, salt, and ground black pepper.  Stir all the ingredients together until the quinoa has heated through once more.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 1545mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 7.9mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 5.5mg

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    1. Well, I guess my secret is out! :) I guess it's always best to put it all out in the open anyway. :) Thank you, Amanda, for your kind words. And for sharing your recipes and allowing me to recreate my own version. Looking forward to more great recipes from you!
  1. Byron I love mushrooms, and the color of your sauteed mushrooms looks amazing. I love a bit of "crust" that they get when sauteed really nicely. I am SO ready to make this!
    1. Thanks, Whitney. I overcook mushrooms just so that they get that meaty/chewy consistency, and yes, the crusty, charred edges make the extra cooking time all worth it.
  2. <-- also a fan of Amanda's blog! ;) I love the way this recipe looks. I may need to make it with farro or barley one day because, well, mushrooms and garlic. ;)
  3. I have a newfound love for mushrooms as well... I need to cook with them more though, I'd definitely add the heat too, I'm a huge fan of spicy! This looks so GOOD!
    1. Who knew mushrooms actually tasted good? ;) I'm still new, but experimenting with mushroom flavours more and more. Still loving it!
  4. Those mushrooms look fantastic, I can't even wait long enough for them to crisp up a little because I am lazy! LOL I have never had the pleasure to eat such a gourmet dish like this, but I know one thing those mushrooms would be all gone and no one would get one! Great dish delicious!
  5. Those mushrooms look fantastic! I love mushrooms, and I find that they are often in my favorite side dishes. This is a great recipe to serve with marinated grilled chicken or grilled steak. I can't wait to try this!
  6. I want this mushroom quinoa for my dinner. I love mushrooms and quinoa. So this is going on my dinner list soon. Can't wait to try it
  7. Byron, I loved reading through your post and have to agree that food bloggers are by far the most genuine people I have met in my life as well. I love your recipes and the way you write them. Congratulations on coming this far! Coming to the recipe, we don't eat mushroom as it closely reminded us of meat and since we are vegetarians by birth, stayed away from it. My boys tasted mushrooms in few different occasions and fell in love with it and I have started to use them now. I am always looking for inspiration to use them in everyday cooking and this is a great recipe. I would be adding the heat as well to the dish.

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