Newbie – New favorite Dinner!

This is what I came up with for our special Father’s Day dinner last Sunday. We served it with a side of grilled veggies. It was so yummy, we have had this same meal three times since! 


1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

2 yams

1 can kidney beans

1 avocado

1 red pepper, chopped

cilantro to taste (I like to use about 1 cup chopped)

1 lime

2-4 kale leaves

1/2 lemon

salt and pepper to taste


Preheat Oven 400 degrees

Rinse and drain quiona. Pour two cups water into a medium pot with the quinoa, bring to boil, turn heat to med-low, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the water is completely absorbed.  While the quinoa is cooking slice yams into thin circles the quarter them.  Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil and lightly grease the foil. Arrange the yams to lay even on the pan and  sprinkle with sea salt.  Bake in the oven until soft, about 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and fold the foil over the top to lock in the heat and slightly steam the yams until you are ready to use them. While the yams and quinoa are cooking mix up some delicious guac. Mash the avocado with juice from the lime, chopped red pepper, and chopped cilantro, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.  Stem kale leaves and chop in to smaller pieces, bring water to boil in a medium sauce pan (use enough water to cover the bottom of the pan). When the water is boiling add kale, cover with a lid, and remove from heat. It only takes about 3 minutes to steam the kale to brightly colored green. Squeeze jiuce from half a lemon over the steamed kale.  Rinse and drain kidney beans.

If done right, everything should finish about the same time.  This whole delish meal should only take 30 minutes to prepare and cook!

Now for the fun part: Creating your beautiful wholesome meal!  Start with a large handful of kale, then quinoa, yams, kidney beans, topped with a large scoop of guac! I love it all mixed together, my kids separate some of the items out. I am totally fine with that. They just have little piles of each item on their plates and can mix what they want! THEY LOVE THIS!

Now if I could just come up with  a name… any thoughts?

Source: WFM 1-10

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