Lemon Rosemary Quinoa with Fiddleheads & Mushrooms

Lemon Rosemary Quinoa with Fiddleheads & Mushrooms

So I don’t want to focus on the weather, because that’s what people do when they have nothing better to say, but I’m going to in this post. I mean seriously, I live in Vermont and when spring comes and the cold winter months have truly vanished, it’s news worthy. Blog worthy even.

Let’s first talk about the sun. Have you been missing it like I have been? We get so used to the soft, grey cloudy skies, that when the sun breaks through, we’re in awe. It’s like we’re in a trance. Literally stopping in our tracks tracks and just standing there, closing our eyes, faces toward the warm light, as it radiates waves of happiness throughout our entire bodies.

Pure bliss.

Lemon Rosemary Quinoa with Fiddleheads and Mushrooms

Sunshine doesn’t only bring brightness and light into your life, it also brings heat. In Vermont the heat can be unbearable. It’s humid and uncomfortable, the is air stifling. Especially in Burlington.

When the heat hits, you find yourself longing for a light breeze, sweeping gently off the lake, carrying the crisp, cool air to the top of the hill. You crave an easy meal, that doesn’t keep you locked behind the hot stove, and that is packed with flavor,but still soft and light.

Are you hungry yet?

Lemon Rosemary Quinoa with Fiddleheads and Mushrooms

I’ve been all about the light and healthy quinoa recipes lately. Not only is quinoa insanely versatile, but it’s also loaded with nutrients and is perfect when you just need a little snack or are feeling completely famished. It provides the protein you need to stay fuller longer, is awesome as a post workout bite, and of course, it tastes delicious.

Quick and easy to make, this recipe brings all of my favorite things together in one simple dish. Local veggies, fresh herbs, bright citrus flavors and quinoa. It’s a rockstar quinoa dish and is simply perfect for spring.

Lemon Rosemary Quinoa with Fiddleheads and Mushrooms

Lemon Rosemary Quinoa with Fiddleheads & Mushrooms

serves 4 – 6


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 pound fiddleheads, stems removed
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms (we used shitake), chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped (about 2 – 3 sprigs)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (omit if you don’t like spicy food)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Place the quinoa and 2 cups of water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. When boiling, cover the pot and reduce to a simmer for 8 – 10 minutes. Once all the water has been absorbed, remove the pan from the heat and keep covered for another 5 minutes.

While the quinoa is cooking, prepare your veggies. First, steam the fiddleheads in a saute pan. Add a touch of water (1/4 cup tops) to the pan and cover to steam for 5 minutes. Remove the fiddleheads and return the pan to the stove.

Heat the olive oil on medium high, add the garlic and mushrooms and saute for 3 minutes until the mushrooms begin to soften. Add the fiddleheads, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and continue to saute for another 5 minutes, until the veggies are completely softened.

Transfer the cooked quinoa to a medium mixing bowl. Add sauteed veggies, fresh herbs, lemon zest and juice, pepper flakes. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with a bit more salt and pepper to taste.

Serve warm or as a cold side. Make sure to enjoy the sunshine!

And don’t forget about the giveaway!!

As you may already know, I had the pleasure of joining Bob’s Red Mill and Attune Foods for their Whole Grain Brunch series where I shared my Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake. Both companies have generously offered to supply one lucky reader with the ingredients to make this recipe! This giveaway includes:

Check out my previous post for details on how you can enter to win this awesome prize!!


  • http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ Ellen Christian

    So great to find another blogger that focuses on healthy recipes. My daughter is gluten intolerant so this is a great find. Looking forward to learning more!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Ellen!

      Thanks for visiting :) I’m so happy to have found another VT blogger! I hope you find some recipes that you like and if you have any questions, just let me know!

      xo Alyssa

  • http://www.savagecabbage.org A. Govindasamy

    Hey – It is not often that I see fiddlehads published on food blogs. Yeah! I love them. I cherish them and look forward to eating them for a few weeks every spring. I was considering making them with quinoa, but decided to do the fiddleheads alone with garlic, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, grapeseed oil, cayenne, pepper and salt. I will have to try your combination though. I am sure the nutty flavour of the quinoa and the fiddleheads are wonderful together. Thanks for the post.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      I’m totally in the same boat! I look forward to fiddleheads every single spring – I get so happy whenever I first see them in the market. Your combo of flavors sounds absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it. Let me know how it goes with the quinoa if you try it :)

      xo Alyssa

  • http://www.thevegmom.wordpress.com Katie

    Yum! This looks so good! I tried fiddleheads for the first time this week and they were really good! Lemon and rosemary quinoa would be the perfect way to serve them. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Aren’t they great? Perfect for springtime recipes! Let me know if you try this recipe and how you like it.

      xo Alyssa