Sun Dried Tomato & Kale Quinoa

Quinoa is a stand by in this house. Whether for a dinner side or making a big batch for a week of lunches, I’m always whipping up a new version of this protein packed and filling grain. I usually just start throwing in whatever I have in my fridge or pantry or try to use what is fresh in my garden.
Sun Dried Tomato & Kale Quinoa

you will need:
1 cup quinoa
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ medium sweet onion, chopped
½ bunch tuscan kale, destemmed and roughly chopped
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
¾ cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
3 ounces crumbled goat cheese
handful fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of smoked hot paprika
salt & pepper to taste

Cook the quinoa according to package directions and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 4 minutes. Add the kale and cook until kale begins to wilt a bit, another 5 minutes or so. Add to the cooked quinoa.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and consistency and add more spices and/or olive oil as necessary. Serve slightly warm, room temperature or chilled. Great as a side or even solo as a lunch.

What’s your favorite way to prepare quinoa?! Please share!

serves: 4
time: 30 minutes

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