Quinoa, Kale: Back to Basics

June 20, 2013

On Sunday nights I’m usually in reset mode. The weekends are typically filled with richer than normal meals and possibly a beer or two, by Sunday I’m ready for a big bowl of vegetables. That is exactly what happened this past Sunday with this quinoa, kale bowl, it’s just that it took me until Thursday to finally write about it.

After Sunday night’s yoga class I came home knowing exactly what I wanted to eat, which almost never happens. Michael hadn’t eaten and was game for a big quinoa bowl as well. Even though my blog is called quinoa, kale and exhale I feel like I under-utilize the two ingredients together. I looked back on my recipes page and there are only a few recipes with both in the ingredients list, blasphemy!

This meal puts both front and center. Together they are a brilliant pair and the potatoes add the heft, otherwise this would be more of a side dish, although tofu subbed for the potatoes would also make this a well-balanced dinner. Next time.quinoa kale

Makes 2 dinner size servings.

Cook time from start to finish: 30 minutes

Quinoa, Kale, Potato Bowl (vegan, gluten-free)

1 sweet potato

1 cup uncooked quinoa


5 cups raw kale

10 asparagus spears

4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tsp salt

Dash of cayenne (optional)

Dash of lemon pepper (optional)


Preheat the oven to 375.

Dice sweet potato into small cubes. Toss in a little olive oil or cooking spray then sprinkle with a small amount of salt.

Cook for 25 minutes flipping half way.

In the meantime, rinse quinoa under cold water. Cook according to these instructions.

While potatoes roast and quinoa cooks, steam kale and asparagus for 3-4 minutes.

Place cooked potatoes, quinoa and vegetables in a big bowl.

Mix in vinegar, olive oil, lemon, salt, cayenne and lemon pepper if you’re using it. I didn’t but Michael did and he loved it.

Serve the quinoa, kale mixture in big dinner bowls and dig in.

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This dinner was light and filling at the same time. It was exactly what my post weekend body was craving and so good that we had it for dinner on Monday night too.

You’ll be seeing much more of these two in upcoming posts that’s for sure.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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  • Reply Joeli June 20, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Looks yummy. Like something you’d find at Life Alive (minus the sauce). I don’t use potatos enough… i buy them and they sit on my counter until they have eyes and then i decide to move on. I’m looking to change that.

    • Reply Lisa June 20, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks Joeli. I feel you on potatoes. I had three sitting on my counter that grew eyes and then some. I hate wasting food but even I couldn’t eat them looking like that! Miss you!

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