Monday, January 9, 2012

Recipe - Quinoa salad with sauteed kale and tofu

So, I've gone on about how much I'm loving kale so here's a little recipe to the dish I made, today:

Quinoa Salad with Sauteed Tofu and Kale

-1 cup of mixed dried beans (or two cans of mixed beans)
-1 bunch of kale
-1 large red onion
-1 bunch of parsley
-1 cup of grape tomatoes
-two cloves of garlic
-1 red pepper
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-1.5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
-2 tablespoons of masala spice powder
-1 small package of firm tofu
-1 box of quinoa
-water or stock

If you are working with dried beans make sure to soak them over night and boil them for about 10 minutes.  Drain and put aside.

Prepare marinade:
-In a bowl squeeze the juice from the lemon
-Add 1.5 tablespoon cider vinegar
-Add masala powder, pinch of salt and pepper

Prepare the quinoa:
-Follow the instructions on the box
-I added half an onion and 1 clove of garlic to the boiling water as well as a pinch of salt
-The box of quinoa that I used made about 2 cups of quinoa and let it it aside for 15 minutes

Prepare kale, tofu and onion mix:
-Clean and de-stem the kale chopped up into 2 inches chunks
-Drain and cut the tofu in 1 inch squares
-Put the other half of the onion in 2 tablespoons of oil
-Add 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
-Sauteed until onion start to brown a bit
-Throw in the cubed tofu and add a little bit of salt
-Once the tofu starts to brown a little add the kale
-Add one tablespoon of masala powder and a bit of salt

Sauteed until kale softens but still crunchy.  This will take about 5 minutes.  Set aside.

Prepare the rest of the veggies:
-Slice grape tomatoes in half
-Cut red pepper into 1 inch squares
-chop up the parsley

-Add beans

Throw in all the vegetables in one bowl and mix with the marinade.  Throw in the quinoa last.

Eat and enjoy!

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