Quinoa Pilaf with Kale & Corn ♥ Recipe

Quinoa Pilaf with Kale & Corn ♥ AVeggieVenture.com
graphic button small size size 10 What a favorite new kale recipe! It's no more than quinoa and kale cooked together in one pot, then tossed with a bright lemon vinaigrette and a few kernels of corn. You might serve it on the side, you might choose it for Meatless Monday! Easy Weeknight Supper. Very Weight Watchers Freestyle Friendly. Vegetarian. Naturally Gluten Free. graphic button small size size 10

So. Confession time. You know that household chore you put off and put off and put off some more and then when you finally buck up and just do it, well, it takes all of ten minutes start to finish? (Except for the four months it took to get around to it in the first place.) Kale is like that for me, it's a bit of a chore, something I ought to buy/cook/eat more of but always put off. Then when I finally do, I'm half surprised to realize all over again, that "Hey! Kale is really good stuff!" And no chore at all!

Enter this quinoa, just quinoa and kale cooked at the same time in the same pot – yay, just one dish – then tossed with raw corn kernels and a lemon vinaigrette and topped with a few toasted walnuts and feta. That's it. Why did I put this off? You don't want to make the same mistake.

graphic button small size size 10 "WE LOVE IT. Very flavorful ..." ~ Julia


Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Time to table: 30 minutes
Makes 4 cups

2 cups salted water
1 cup (165g) quinoa, rinsed well under running water
4 cups (about 3oz/85g) kale, washed well under running water, heavy stems removed & chopped

1/2 cup corn, from 1 ear corn (How to Cut Corn Off the Cob)
2 green onions, chopped
Zest & juice of a lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

2 tablespoons toasted walnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons feta, crumbled

QUINOA & KALE In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa and stir to distribute. Adjust the heat to maintain a simmer, cover and let cook for 10 minutes. Add the kale, press it into the quinoa and remaining liquid. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes. Check to make sure the kale is done (it should be slightly puffed and soft to the tooth) and remove from the heat. Let rest, covered, for 5 minutes.

PILAF Collect the corn, green onion, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper in a bowl. Stir in the hot cooked quinoa and kale. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Transfer to a serving bowl, top with the walnuts and feta to serve.

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  1. Looks delicious! I love one pot meals . . . and when they use ingredients I love, like kale and quinoa, I'm on board. Sounds like a dinner I'll be making soon. Thanks!

  2. Lovely Pilaf recipe, and so quick too!Love to try this one.

  3. I made this recipe, WE LOVE IT. Very flavorful. Will definitely be part of our veggie rotation. Thanks, keep up the good work!


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