Kale with Quinoa, Mushrooms, & Sweet Potatoes

THE GOAL: Go to a farmer’s market, purchase an ingredient you’ve never cooked with, and make something.

Ever since my cousin started raving about kale chips, I wondered about various ways to eat the same veggie. So, when Cat and I ventured over to the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning, I figured now was as good a time as ever to try out a kale recipe!

I grabbed a bunch of this Red Russian Kale from the Catalán Family Farm stand – all of their produce comes straight from their 100% organic farm, 100 miles away in Hollister, CA.  The women working at the stand were incredibly friendly (considering that it was freezing/pouring rain outside) and more than happy to answer all my questions.   When I asked which type of kale was their favorite, one of the ladies started ripping off bites of kale for me to try on the spot – and of all the fresh esculent greens she had me taste, we eventually settled on the Red Russian.

After a quick google search for kale recipes, I couldn’t help but decide on this Quinoa, Kale, Mushroom, and Sweet Potato dish from Real Simple MagazineThe photograph sold it!

To make your own, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small sweet potatoes — peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 10 ounces white mushrooms — quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic — thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch kale — stems discarded and leaves torn into 2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine — Kendall Jackson Sauvignon Blanc works well!
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan — grated
  • Boil the quinoa with 2 cups of water – cover and wait for the water to absorb completely.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat – add sweet potatoes and mushroom, cook until golden.
  • Stir in garlic – cook 1 min.
  • Add in kale, wine, salt, and pepper – cook 10 min.
  • Serve over quinoa and sprinkle with parmesan cheese!

TA-DA! The final product, complete with a glass of white wine (I couldn’t resist the nearly full bottle left over from cooking).  I’ve always been a sucker for mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and cheese…but after making this dish, I definitely love kale and quinoa.  Overall, it was a simple and easy recipe that makes for a satisfying and surprisingly healthy dinner! If only my final photo looked half as good as Real Simple’s