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Quinoa, Kale and Tomato Pilaf

What you need: 

1 cup quinoa, uncooked
1 bunch kale, torn up, stems removed
about 12 cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 cups water
1 veggie bouillon cube

What you do: 

Rinse the quinoa to reduce any bitterness.
In a medium saucepan, dissolve the bouillon cube in the water.
Add everything else, cover the saucepan, and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 15 or 20 minutes, until quinoa is cooked.

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WOW!! I made this for a quick dinner the other night...and WOW!! My family scarffed it up! I made enough to have leftovers (which usually take days to a mostly omni household); but it was GONE the next day with no problems! Will definitely be making this again soon.


This is officially the first recipe I have made on VegWeb! :) This is my first recipe with quinoa also! It is definitely FANTASTIC!! Both of my local market's were either out of kale or didn't even stock it (welcome to rural New Hampshire, closest REAL supermarket is 45 min away, car is in the shop), so I substituted with spinach, and I also added a good dusting of garlic powder (only garlic I had). Very very good, this recipe will be a staple for sure. Thank You!!!  ;)b


:D That was delicious. My husband was a little skeptical, but loved every bite. Thanks for the post~ easy to make, easy to adapt, great for a quick meal.


I fed the kale stems to some very excited rabbits, then proceeded to gobble up this dish the same way! This was great, although I didn't have a bouillon cube so I threw in a bay leaf, garlic powder, parsley flakes, celery flakes, dill weed, cloves, salt & pepper. I didn't measure, just went by taste/smell so I may have ended up with something very different than the bouillon cube offers, but I loved it!


Thanks for the recipe CMB2628.  I first made this about two months ago for my omni-mom.  She loved it so much, she is still telling anyone and everyone about it.  I even gave her a box of quinoa in her stocking!!
Give this super-easy recipe a try. :) 


:) This is the first and only recipe I have posted so far, and it makes me so happy to see that people have actually tried it and like it!  YAYYYYY :)

Since then, I have made it in many variations.  I find that a can of diced tomatos (sometimes with spices included, or just plain tomatoes) works well, but I reduce the water to 1 cup because of all the liquid in the tomatoes.  I've also added frozen spinach, or chopped fresh broccoli, which was yummy too.  A sprinkle of nutritional yeast is nice mixed in to this, which gives it a vitamin B-12 boost we vegetarians can always use.

Thanks for the comments!


Okay, I, too, was scared of quinoa.  I love it at restaurants and know how good it is for me, but the actually cooking of it was daunting.
This could not have been easier and SOOO good!  (I actually just finished a bowl . .. must get more)
I used the advice to add some tomato juice, and I added a few teaspoons of balsamic, some garlic powder, and lots of oregano.  Didn't look to great, but tastes delicious! 


Had a lot of fun with this recipe! Already made it twice and the second time i added a fresh minced garlic clove. I can't wait to experiment with even more flavors the next time around. It was my first time cooking with quinoa and i love it. Its a bit messy and tends to stick to everything it touches but it sure has a good flavor and texture! AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME ;D

PS i was scared of quinoa before this!  ::)


Have been wanting to try cooking quinoa & this recipe looked like a quick & easy way to give it a go.
I had 2/3 to 3/4 of a cup of canned diced tomatoes to use up, so put them in my mini blender with 1/2 tsp veggie broth powder, 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper, 1/2 tsp. veggie salt, & some fresh garlic.
I added the blended tomato mixture to about 3/4 cup of rinsed quinoa & about 3/4 cup of water, cooked it up, then added the kale & some soft tofu.
It came out more like risotto, than pilaf, but all in all, made a great quick meal that did not disappoint!

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