Newbie – Lemon Pepper Kale w/Quinoa

 Last night I was in a hurry and needed to grab something quick. That is usually when I compromise my nutritional standards, but I was determined not to. I was heading to  yoga class and did not want to be late! I started some plain quinoa on the stove while I changed my clothes. Then I chopped some kale to steam. Below is a photo from my iphone of my new FAVORITE kale dish! 

Lemon Pepper Kale w/Quinoa

Lemon Pepper Kale w/Quinoa 

*Serves two for main dish or six as a side dish.

1/2 c quinoa rinsed

1 cup water

1/2 lemon

3-4 Large kale leaves

freshly ground pepper to taste


Place quinoa and water in a medium pot and bring to a boil, turn down the heat, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes (until water is absorbed). Remove stem from kale, rinse and chop. Prepare a medium frying pan with enough water to cover the bottom, place on stove and bring water to a boil, when the water is boiling drop in the kale and cover with a lid. Turn off heat or remove from burner. Leave the lid on for 3 minutes and allow the hot water to steam the kale (there are many ways to steam kale, this is my go-to quick method). Make sure not to over cook the kale!

 Once the kale is steamed divide onto two plates, place about 1/2 cup cooked quinoa on top of the kale. Squeeze lemon juice and sprinkle with fresh ground pepper to taste!  

This dish took me about 20 minutes from start to finish and I was able to run around the house getting kids gathered and ready to head out the door. 

Source: WFM 1-10

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