Quinoa w/Sweet Potatoes, Kale, & Mushrooms

I’ve been on a health kick lately, so I have been browsing Gwyneth Paltrow’s website Goop to see if I could find a recipe that not only sounded good, but was also easy.  I’m basically a cooking virgin, so I’m taking it slow!  Many of the recipes on her site seem a bit too complicated for me.  I’ve been cooking a lot with sweet potatoes and quinoa(I recently learned it is pronounced KEEN-wah), so this recipe caught my eye.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into 3/4 pieces
  • 10 oz mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch kale, stems discarded & leaves torn into 2in. pieces
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup white wine

Directions:

  • Place the quinoa & 2 cups of water in a saucepan & bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat & simmer, covered, until water is absorbed.  12-15min
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the sweet potatoes & mushrooms & cook, tossing occasionally, until golden & beginning to soften.  5-6min
  • Stir in garlic & cook for 1min.
  • Add the kale, wine, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, cook, tossing often, until the vegetables are tender.  10-12min
  • Serve the vegetables over the quinoa & sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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Review:

  • If you’re a cooking virgin like I am and had never worked with a bunch of kale before you can watch this YouTube video like I had to.  There is no shame in it!!!:)  I skipped the white wine in the recipe and it turned out great.  The only downfall is that this isn’t a recipe that will work well as leftovers because the kale won’t reheat well.  Overall delicious and my family loved it!

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