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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Kale and Chickpea Quinoa

Lately it seems like the only thing that I blog about is the recipe that I make from Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party but lately that is the only place I have to go and get some great recipes.  This week again I have a superb recipe ~ and I found it on...... You guessed it right Foodie Friends Friday. This recipe is downright fantastic and even my husband liked it and he is not a fan of quinoa.  When we first found quinoa I made it at least every other night and my husband gets tired of things very quickly, so when he heard I was making quinoa for dinner the other night.... his nose went up and he wasn't very excited.  To my surprise he ate it and went for seconds and today when we were eating seconds he jumped at having more.... That is how good it is.
Where is the recipe from you may ask... It is from The Veggie Nook and the recipe is called Quinoa with kale, raisins and chickpeas.  I am not vegan so did use some animal products in mine and I also used some different veggies.... But, I know I will be making this again and the leftovers even tasted better then the first day!

Kale and Chickpea Quinoa
Ingredients:
2/3 cups dry quinoa, rinse well
1 1/3 cup water mixed with maggi cube (chicken flavour)**
2 cups kale torn in pieces
small amount of spinach
1 tsp coconut oil
2 cloves garlic minced
small amount of banana peppers minced
1/4 cup onions sliced very thinly
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/4 cup green beans
1/2 cup cooked chick peas*
1/4 tsp seasalt
1/2 cup yellow or red cherry tomatoes ( I cut mine into quarters)
* was going to put in 1/4 cup dried cranberries - but I forgot.
*I approximated all my ingredients... I don't measure except for the quinoa and water I cooked them in. 

* Cook dried chickpeas in water until soft.  I do not soak mine before I cook them.  I rinse and then cook them in water with a small amount of salt.  Keep adding water until chickpeas are soft and don't  burn them like I just about did... I got to the stove just as they were starting to burn.
** You could use chicken broth or veggie broth instead of  maggi cube mixed in water.
Place quinoa and broth in large saucepan and bring to boil.  Turn heat down to simmer until almost all the liquid is absorbed.  In last couple of minutes add kale and spinach and give a stir.  Cover and cook for another 2 minutes.  Set aside.
Heat a large pan over medium heat, add oil and saute garlic, banana peppers and onions until starts to turn brown. Add mushrooms and green beans.  Cook until green beans are starting to get soft.  Add chickpeas and cook until warm.  Add quinoa and seasalt, stir well.  After everything is warm and just about ready to serve, add cherry tomatoes and cook for one minute.  Serve.
For leftovers we just heated everything up again and Enjoyed.










This is a recipe that I think you could add just about any vegetable you want into it.  I think I will be doing some experimenting the next time I make it.



Til next time <3 <3 <3 Marlys
Linked to these great parties: Foodie Friends Friday,  Gluten Free Friday Recipes #4

  

20 comments :

  1. What a wonderful dish!!
    We LOVE quinoa and my family would definitely like this.
    I could probably eat the whole thing by myself LOL

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    1. I was thinking I would be able to eat the whole thing as I was tasting while cooking... but my husband liked it so didn't get to eat it all. It was even good cold. Marlys

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  2. Quinoa has become one of my favorite things to cook with! Your recipe looks delicious.

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    1. Thanks Christin... It was delicious. Marlys

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  3. Oh, I love quinoa, too, but my hubby won't even touch it :/ I love all the yumminess you've added to this dish! Dried cranberries would be lovely as well.

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    1. Maybe he would like this... Because of the extra flavours in it, it really didn't taste like quinoa.

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  4. What beautiful ingredients! Love the chickpeas and kale together! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day :)
    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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    1. I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays recipe party! See you next Friday! Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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  5. This looks yummy! I am printing the recipe so I can try it as I am always on the lookout for vegetarian meals to serve.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer.. Let me know what you think when you make this.

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  6. Looks delicious! I have yet to try quinoa, I have to try. I'd love the combination of chickpeas and kale.

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    1. Carol, you should try quinoa ~ I am sure you would love it. There are alot of things you could do with it.

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  7. I am always looking for new kale and new quinoa recipes, but have never tried them together! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!!

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    1. Lindsey, this recipe is awesome... I was really impressed with it.

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  8. This looks amazing! I am happy you shared this, I love chickpeas! I know you are part of Foodie Friends Friday but we'd love to have you link this recipe up at our Gluten Free Fridays! http://vegetarianmamma.com/glutenfree-fridays-recipe-party-4/
    Also be sure to link up your blog on our Gluten Free Bloggers directory. You can reach the directory by clicking the "glutenfree bloggers" tab on our blog! Thanks, Cindy :)

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    1. Thanks Cindy for the invite... I went over and linked this recipe up. Love all the gluten free diets you have and I am going to share it with a friend that now needs to cook gluten free also you directory is a great way to get all gluten free bloggers in one ~ I didn't link my blog up as I only have one recipe right now... I will if I get more recipes.

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  9. Marlys, this really does sound SO good! I have been wanting a new recipe for kale, and here it is! I love chick peas, so I know I will enjoy this dish! Thanks! :)
    ~Joy from Yesterfood

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