Ladies and Gentleman, this is one powerful one-dish meal. Tons of healthy fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, all pleasantly combined with a bit of delicious herbed goat cheese.
Inspired by a great recipe I found on one of my favorite blogs, A Pug in the Kitchen, this recipe was instant love in my bowl.
Quinoa with Sauteed Kale and Goat Cheese
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion
1/2 cup sliced bell pepper (red, orange or yellow)
2 cups (packed) chopped kale, stems removed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek Yogurt
5 oz herbed goat cheese (I used Trader Joe's Chevre Fine Herb Goat Cheese)
Cook the quinoa: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add the quinoa (rinse in a colander first) and reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer 10-15 minutes and then remove from the heat, uncover and let stand for a minute or two so the quinoa absorbs any excess water.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and saute 2-3 minutes. Add the kale and salt and stir well. Add the 1/2 cup water and let simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the excess water is evaporated.
Add the quinoa to a large bowl and combine with the sauteed kale mixture.
Add the Greek Yogurt and goat cheese. Stir well to combine.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
This is a great alternative to a pasta salad for a light dinner or lunch. Loaded with complex carbohydrates and protein, it has loads of great nutrition for such an easy dish!
Life is sweet,