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.
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…