Great for a quick-but-healthy side dish. White cooking wine can be used instead of 1 tablespoon water at the end of cooking.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring 2/3 cup water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

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  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; saute kale and garlic in the hot oil until kale is wilted, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Stir quinoa into kale mixture and add sesame oil; cook until flavors blend, about 5 more minutes. Add 1 tablespoon water to mixture to keep from sticking.

Nutrition Facts

188 calories; protein 5.2g 10% DV; carbohydrates 22g 7% DV; fat 9.3g 14% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 18.8mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2015
Garlic Kale Quinoa Haiku: "A divine side dish! Just needs more than one cup kale, cuz it shrinks so much." I never thought that I'd dive into a side dish w/ as much glee as I did this one, but WOW. I'd recently (finally) finished off a monster amount of Costco's frozen bags of quinoa/kale blend, and didn't want to stuff more of them in my freezer and found this recipe instead. And I am thrilled that I did b/c it is delicious! I've since made it 3 more times, once subbing spinach for kale (just as good), once adding toasted sesame seeds (not necessary, but a nice touch), and all the more recent times, at least doubling the greens b/c they shrink down too much in the heat and we love green chow in our house. A superb, healthy side dish, and ohhhh when I run it through the food-processor a few times, my baby CHOWS DOWN! :-) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/13/2014
It is good but needs a bit more garlic or salt. I'm not a cook so I appreciate the recipe. I think there is a lot of room to experiment. Read More
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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2015
Garlic Kale Quinoa Haiku: "A divine side dish! Just needs more than one cup kale, cuz it shrinks so much." I never thought that I'd dive into a side dish w/ as much glee as I did this one, but WOW. I'd recently (finally) finished off a monster amount of Costco's frozen bags of quinoa/kale blend, and didn't want to stuff more of them in my freezer and found this recipe instead. And I am thrilled that I did b/c it is delicious! I've since made it 3 more times, once subbing spinach for kale (just as good), once adding toasted sesame seeds (not necessary, but a nice touch), and all the more recent times, at least doubling the greens b/c they shrink down too much in the heat and we love green chow in our house. A superb, healthy side dish, and ohhhh when I run it through the food-processor a few times, my baby CHOWS DOWN! :-) Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2014
Simple, fast, delicious. I was looking for an easy quinoa recipe for a weeknight side dish and this fit the bill. We are trying to replace rice with whole grains like quinoa, and I wanted a dish that incorporated some greens as well to round out the nutritional balance. I had about a tsp of leftover diced onion and half of a diced tomato- added those in with the kale and garlic. This recipe made the perfect amount for two people. Will be making this often. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/12/2014
It is good but needs a bit more garlic or salt. I'm not a cook so I appreciate the recipe. I think there is a lot of room to experiment. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2016
This is a great base upon which to build by adding more ingredients. I took one reviewers advice and added red onion. Another suggested adding 4 garlic cloves instead of 1 and a big splash of red wine vinegar. Another doubled the kale. I did all of them. All rock solid choices! Additionally, I added chickpeas, sliced yellow bell peppers, and carrots. Loved it! Can't wait to experiment more with this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2015
I really liked this. It was quick and easy to make. I added a few other seasonings and doubled the recipe which was perfect for 2 people. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2015
Very good blend of flavors. I made exactly as the recipe stated. I might use more kale next time but it was wonderful as is. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2018
So simple and tasty. I added more garlic, 2 cups kale from suggestions and a few sliced mushrooms. Will definitely use again. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2015
I substituted couscous for the quinoa because I was out of quinoa but the recipe still turned out great! We paired it with lemon butter chicken. Great side for the chicken! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2015
This was good as written but it needs something. Maybe toasted pine nuts or hot pepper flakes. I'll make this again but will tweak the recipe for a bit more flavor. Read More
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