Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


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I love mussels and they are so great for you. You can add them to almost anything and this quinoa is a great example. Steam them and add them to the broth at the last minute.


Mussels with Quinoa and Olives

Servings: 1 | Serving size: 1 lb. mussels with quinoa and sauce

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe does not make very good leftovers.

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 large onion (diced)
4 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes
6 small black olives (quartered lengthwise)
1/4 cup quinoa
3 1/2 cups water
1/8 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1 lb mussels (cleaned and scrubbed)
1 tsp unsalted butter

Place the olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and olives. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the quinoa, stir and add 2 1/2 cups of water, salt, pepper and marjoram. Reduce the heat to medium and cook at a simmer. Stir occasionally.

After the quinoa has cooked for about 20 minutes, place the remaining cup of water in a medium sauce pan over high heat, bringing it to a boil. Add the mussels and steam until open. Remove from the heat.

Add the butter to the quinoa mixture, then remove the mussels from the shell and add to the quinoa. Add 1/4 cup of the mussel broth. Stir and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 lb. mussels with quinoa and sauce

Servings: 1

Amount Per Serving

Calories 394 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value
Total Fat 15g 24%
    Saturated Fat 4g 20%
    Monounsaturated Fat 7g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 740mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
    Dietary Fiber 7g 27%
    Sugars 7g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A 26% Vitamin C 49%
Calcium 10% Iron 40%
Vitamin K 14 mcg Potassium 968 mg
Magnesium 141 mg