quinoa bowl with power veggies

(serves 6)


Bowling for Simplicity
Clean, simple, delicious and really good for you... not too much to ask from a recipe, is it?  Nutrient-dense veggies and a creamy yogurt sauce topping off a bowl of warm quinoa make this healthy comfort food.



2 garnet yams, peeled and cut into 6 wedges
2 Tbsp olive oil

2 cups quinoa
1 cup plain yogurt
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 clove garlic, smashed and minced

1 bunch kale, de-stemmed, washed and        spun dry
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp coriander
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup edamame, cooked
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
salt and pepper to taste
chili sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, toss yams with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and spread out on a baking sheet. Bake until they can easily be pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa with 4 cups salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. When done, the grain will appear translucent and you will see the spiral in the germ. Transfer to a bowl.

In a small bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside until serving.

Combine cumin, coriander, cayenne and turmeric in a small bowl. In a medium sauté pan over medium heat, warm up the coconut oil and add the kale, using tongs to turn it so it is evenly coated. After 2-3 minutes when the kale begins to wilt, add the spices and continue to turn the kale. After one minute, add the garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat after 1 minute.

Serve quinoa with yams, kale, edamame and avocado. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and drizzle with yogurt sauce and/or spicy chili sauce like sriracha.

Meatless dinners have been trending for several years now, and that has meant extra dessert for non-vegetarians who aren’t satiated by their menu choices lacking in protein. Quinoa, especially when paired with beans, packs proteins and fills you up so you’re not apt to go to the fridge again right after dinner.

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