Hey Y'all! I hope that everyone is someplace safe and warm and ready for the blizzard if you're around NYC and the surrounding areas! If you're someplace else I hope you are relaxed and comfortable! I must admit that I was a little relaxed about the blizzard watch until my dear friend Adri mentioned the storm yesterday! I was one of those people at Trader Joe's on Court St in Brooklyn yesterday around 5pm. The checkout line was wrapped around the store twice! It did move fast and there was a lot of food in stock. Some things I got there just in time to get (like almond milk, olive oil popcorn and spinach) and some I was out of luck with (like polenta). I did manage to get some quinoa and I had some garbanzo beans already at home. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you my recipe titled, "Kale and Quinoa with Garbanzo Beans". It's easy, doesn't take a lot of time and you only need a large skillet and a pot to make the quinoa. Feel free to play around with the ingredients like switching the beans or making it with spinach instead of kale. There are no rules here. Make something healthy that tastes good to you!
Kale & Quinoa with Garbanzo Beans!
2 cups prepared quinoa of your choice
1 can Eden Organic garbanzo beans strained and rinsed
6 cremini mushrooms
1/2 red bell pepper
8 cloves garlic
1/4 medium red onion
1 bunch kale rinsed and coarsely chopped
17 large pitted black olives
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground coriander
16 twists black pepper (pepper grinder)
1 heaping teaspoon cumin
1/3 cup braggs aminos
Prepare the quinoa as directed on the package. Using a rice cooker for this saves a lot of trouble. Set quinoa aside.
In a large skillet pour olive oil and turn stove on medium high heat for 3 minutes. Add garlic, onion and pepper and sautee for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for another 3 minutes. Add olives and cook for 2 minutes. Add garbanzo beans, coriander, cumin and black pepper and mix well. Turn heat to medium and add kale. Mix well. Turn off heat. Add quinoa to the pot and braggs aminos. Stir well! Enjoy!
Makes enough for 3 people or 2 people and a snack later!
I recommend the Eden Organic beans because they are low in sodium. You can find them at any health food store and probably at most grocery stores. You can use dry beans too. Just prepare them before you make this recipe.
I HIGHLY recommend spending the money and getting a great rice cooker. You can make rice, quinoa, any grain and even dried beans. It will save you time and worry! Just add the proper water and come back when it's done! I have the Cuisinart 8 cup rice cooker. I have had it for almost 8 years and I have used it at least twice a week.
I hope this recipe inspires you! Until next time my friends!