1cupquinoa, cooked according to package instructions
1poundcremini mushrooms,sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/4teaspoondried red chili flakes,optional
1/2teaspoonground 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.