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Spicy Kale w/ Lentils and Quinoa

Not very pretty but delightfully delicious!  This was a dish I through together when I couldn’t decide what to fix for dinner.

2 cups cooked quinoa

2 cups cooked lentils

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup chopped mushrooms

3 cups chopped tomatoes

8 cups chopped kale 

2 t Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy seasoning

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, chopped

Salt to taste

 

Saute onion over medium high heat (dry, with no oil) until it starts to brown. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in chopped mushrooms and tomatoes, lower heat to medium, cover and cook for 5 minutes until juicy. Add kale, cover, and cook until tender, adding a little water if need to keep from sticking. Stir in seasonings half way through cooking. When kale is tender, stir in cooked lentils and quinoa. Add pumpkin seeds and salt to taste.

 

 

 

Chic Pea Vegetable Soup

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup finely chopped celery

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped red potato

1/2 pound kale or collard greens chopped

4 cups water or broth

1/2 cup quinoa

1 bay leaf

1 1/2 t dried thyme

1 cup finely chopped mushrooms

2 1/2 cups cooked chic peas

1/2 cup chopped parsley

Sea salt

 

Saute’ onion in a dry soup pot over medium high heat until it starts to brown. Add garlic and saute’ an additional minute. Add 1/2 cup water to loosen the onion and brown that has stuck  to the bottom of the pan. Add celery, carrots, potato, greens, quinoa, 2 – 3 cups of water just to cover the veggies. Stir in bay leaf and thyme. Cover and cook until quinoa and vegetables are tender.  Add chic peas, mushrooms and parsley and cook an additional 5 minutes. Salt to taste.

Sesame Kale Salad

This kale salad is not necessarily good by itself but is a delicious addition to a hummus wrap, stuffed pita, sandwich, or quinoa, pasta or other grain based salad.

Mediterranean Kale Salad

Humus Wrap

 

1 large bunch of fresh kale

1 – 2 T tahini (sesame seed paste)

Chic Pea Patty Stack

Juice of one lemon

1/2 T brown sesame seeds

Sea Salt

 

Finely chop kale and place in a large salad bowl. (Strip kale off stalks if preferred. If the stalks are young and tender, I like to keep them.)

Starting with 1 tablespoon of tahini, add to the kale along with lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Message kale with your hand until bright green and tender.  Add more tahini if more oil is needed.

Sprinkle on sesame seeds and mix through out. Salt more to taste if needed. 

Alternatively you can message 1/4 of an avocado into the kale if you are going to use it in a Mexican type salad or chop 1/2 can of olives and message them into the kale like I do in the Mediterranean Kale Salad pictured above.

 

April’s note: This salad travels well! I made this ahead for my 4 day trip to California to visit my brother. Not only did I use it in my humus wraps but one day for lunch we went to an Indian café where I bought a side of tabouli salad, a side of humus, and I mixed both into my kale salad. It was delicious!

 

 

 

Hummus Wrap w/ Kale and Eggplant

Hummus Wrap with Eggplant and Kale1 medium eggplant
1 small bunch kale
1 T tahini (sesame seed butter)
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Whole Food Hummus
Avocado
Sliced red onion
Vine ripe tomatoes
Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Wheat Tortillas (or other whole wheat tortilla)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Slice eggplant lengthwise in 1/4 inch slices. Place slices on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with aluminum foil or another cookie sheet of comparable size. Bake for 20 minutes, uncover and make an additional 10 minutes.

De-stem and finely chopped kale and place in a large bowl. Add tahini and lemon juice. Using your hands, message kale until tender. Add a spoonful or two of hummus if you desire for more moisture. Salt to taste. Set aside.

Spread desired amount of hummus on a whole wheat tortilla. Spread on desired amount of avocado and add onion and tomato slices. Top with 1/2 cup or more of kale. Place 1 slice of eggplant on top. Roll up and enjoy!

 

Hoppin John Salad with Kale

1/2 cup long grain brown rice
2 cups finely chopped kale
1 avocado, halved, pitted, and scored in small chunks
5 T lime juice
1 T unseasoned rice vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
4 green onions, sliced
4 stalks celery, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
1 cup raw corn, fresh off the cob
2 cups cooked black-eyed peas
Sea salt
1/4 t cayenne pepper
Chopped tomato for garnish

Boil 1 cup water, then add rice, lower heat to simmer, and cook for 25 – 30 minutes until tender. Place chopped kale in a large salad bowl and add 1/4 of the avocado, lime juice, and garlic. With hands, message kale until tenderized and well coated with avocado and lime juice. Add remaining ingredients, along with remaining avocado. Mix well. Salt to taste. Gently mix in tomatoes or use as a garnish on top of each serving.

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