Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen’s Quinoa, Mushrooms & Arugula Salad with a Side of White Beans, French Style

A few weeks ago, I realized I had not used a recipe from my cookbook collection for weeks, if not months! Determined not to let those gems collect dust any longer, I broke out a few I hadn’t spent much time with. One of them was Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen’s 2013 cookbook, a gracious birthday gift from my aunt. Upon first glance at It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great, some of the recipes seemed healthy to the extreme… But with a closer look, a fair amount seemed doable. These recipes didn’t require strange ingredients, a ton of leg work, or complex techniques and instead focused on quality ingredients prepared in a simple way to produce fabulous results. Enter Quinoa with Mushrooms and Arugula and White Beans, French Style. These two recipes paired well together, but would also be great on their own. Both are cooked on a skillet and use a handful of staple ingredients and fresh herbs to produce fresh, flavorful dishes.

First, the best out of the two recipes: Quinoa with Mushrooms and Arugula. Confession: I made this more like an arugula based salad with the addition of quinoa and mushrooms to compliment it, but you could also go heavier on the quinoa and lighter on the arugula. Either way, it’s spectacular!

As long as you have about 2 cups cooked quinoa, this dish comes together in minutes. Step 1:
Sauté 2 minced garlic cloves and 2 teaspoons fresh thyme in 2-4 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat for 1 minute. Step 2: Add 1 lb. sliced crimini mushrooms. Cook about 3-4 minutes until mushrooms have softened. Step 3: Toss quinoa, arugula, and mushroom mixture together and serve. That’s it! If you’re like me, you might be skeptical about a salad with no dressing. Have no fear – the mushrooms and thyme take care of that for you, so no dressing needed! If you don’t finish it all in one sitting, it could benefit from a touch of balsamic, but not much more than that!

*Note: I didn’t have fresh thyme on hand, so I used 1 teaspoon of dried thyme instead. Highly recommend the fresh herb though – it would bring this to the next level!

Second, White Beans, French Style. Another super easy and fast recipe. Step 1: Sauté 2 thinly sliced garlic cloves, 1 thinly sliced shallot, and 4 springs of fresh thyme (or 1-2 tsp. dried) in 1-2 Tbsp olive oil in a pan over medium heat for about 1-2 minutes. Step. 2: Add 1 14 oz. can drained Cannellini beans (or Great Northern) and sauté over low-medium heat for 5 minutes. Step. 3: Add 2 tsp. red wine vinegar, salt & pepper to taste, and cook for another few minutes. Add water 1 Tbsp at a time if you desire saucier beans, remove from heat, and enjoy! This recipe goes best alongside a slice of fresh bread, potentially a baguette or ciabatta!

Recipe: Quinoa with Mushrooms and Arugula, It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great (pg. 200)

Recipe #2: White Beans, French Style, It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great (pg. 164)

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