Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Southwest Quinoa and Kale Salad

This is one of my favorite heathy recipes that leaves you feeling full and satisfied! 



For some reason I thought quinoa was complicated to make. That's why my bag of quinoa just sat in the cabinet like a piece of decoration. As I was reading the back if the quinoa package I realized that it's just as easy as making rice, if not easier! I actually just stuck in the microwave and cooked it that way.

I love the taste of kale, but know that's its an acquired taste. To make it less bitter I like to have it sit with lemon juice for about an hour before cooking with it. 

On another note: I used coconut oil and while I was cooking I rubbed coconut oil in my hair. It's so good for your hair and skin. Let it sit for a while and wash it out. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bunch kale, chopped 
  • Lemon juice from a whole lemon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, diced 
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you want it spicy)
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups cooked corn
  • 1- 15oz can black beans, drained 
Salt & Pepper to taste

Lemon or lime slices to garnish
Directions:
  1. Toss the kale with the lemon juice and let sit.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and sauté until lightly browned. Add the cumin and cayenne pepper and mix thoroughly.
  3. Mix in the quinoa, corn, and black beans. Continue to heat until warm.
  4. Turn off heat and toss in the kale and lemon juice.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with lemon or lime slices. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.
Kale: "Also known as borecole, kale is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. This queen of the greens is high in lutein and zeaxanthin, phytochemicals found in the retina, which could help reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Kale is also rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), a powerful antioxidant that may help boost the immune system and possibly protect against some chronic diseases and cancer. Kale is especially high in magnesium, which is very important for bone health. Plus, kale’s magnesium and potassium help lower blood pressure, and its high fiber content can help lower cholesterol – all beneficial factors in lowering your risk of cardiovascular illness." www.juvenon.com

1 comment:

  1. LOVE the spices and coconut oil in this salad! So colorful and delicious :)

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