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    One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf

    One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf. Photo by DriaDB

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    35 mins

    15 mins

    20 mins

    LorrieK's Note:

    This recipe came from food52.com, from member "deensiebat." This was my first time using lacinato kale, which I find I like better than standard kale (although the standard kale or chard can also be used). I was thrilled to find such a delicious dish made of complete-protein quinoa and antioxidant-rich kale. AND it's easy to make all in just one pot!

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

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    • 2 cups salted water
    • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
    • 1 bunch lacinato kale, washed and chopped into 1-inch lengths
    • 1 meyer lemon, zested and juiced
    • 2 scallions, minced
    • 1 tablespoon toasted walnut oil
    • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
    • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (feta is also good)
    • salt & pepper

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Bring the water to a boil in a covered pot. Add the quinoa, cover, and lower the heat until it is just enough to maintain a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes, then top with the kale and re-cover. Simmer another 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow to steam for 5 more minutes.
    2. 2
      While the quinoa is cooking, take a large serving bowl and combine half of the lemon juice (reserving the other half), all of the lemon zest, scallions, walnut oil (you can substitute olive oil if you desire), pine nuts, and goat cheese.
    3. 3
      Check the quinoa and kale when the cooking time has completed--the water should have absorbed, and the quinoa will be tender but firm, and the kale tender and bright green. If the quinoa still has a hard white center, you can steam a bit longer (adding more water if needed). When the quinoa and kale are done, fluff the pilaf, and tip it into the waiting bowl with the remaining ingredients. Toss to combine, seasoning with salt and pepper, and the remaining lemon juice if needed.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 08, 2014

      55

      Awesome recipe. I did slightly alter the cooking directions, cooking the quinoa and kale separately and not combining til after they were both well drained. I also lowered the amount of quinoa due to my own personal limitations on carbs. But otherwise did exactly as told. Including the roasted walnut oil and meyer lemon. Now I am sure if you did not have these 2 very specific items available you could sub another oil and any decent fresh lemon. Oh-I also did not have pine nuts on hand so next time I will make sure I add them to the recipe.

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    • on September 15, 2011

      55

      Made this for dinner last night. YUMMY!!! The only addition that I made was to add a combination of pistachios, almonds and walnuts. Will definitely make this again soon!

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    Nutritional Facts for One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf

    Serving Size: 1 (249 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 262.6
     
    Calories from Fat 96
    36%
    Total Fat 10.7 g
    16%
    Saturated Fat 0.9 g
    4%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 29.0 mg
    1%
    Total Carbohydrate 35.6 g
    11%
    Dietary Fiber 5.0 g
    20%
    Sugars 0.9 g
    3%
    Protein 8.8 g
    17%

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    goat cheese

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