Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sesame Kale and Quinoa Recipes

Photo: Sesame Kale prepared by Sam

Some of my wonderful clients have been posting photos of recipes that I had shared with them.  Now people are all "Hey! That looks good! I wanna eat kale too!"  So, here are some of the recipes!

This one is from a favorite cookbook of mine called Greens, Glorious Greens:

Sesame Kale
Serves 3-4

¾ pound kale (about 6 cups), washed, stemmed, and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon sesame or olive oil
1 to 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
½ cup chopped scallions, white and green parts
salt to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

  1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a large 10- to 12-inch skillet that has a tight fitting lid.  Add chopped kale and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until kale is tender.  Remove cooked kale with slotted spoon to drain, saving cooking water to drink.
  2. Rinse out and dry the skillet, then use it to heat the oil over medium-low heat.  Add garlic and sauté for about 1 minute.  Stir in scallions and cook for another minute.
  3. Add cooked kale and salt to taste and stir to combine.  Cover and cook for 1-2 minutes until kale is hot.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately.
And this is the dish that I love to bring to Summer/ Fall parties and events:

Quiona Tabouli Salad 
Serves 8-10
2 c. quinoa, rinsed
¾ c. chopped, fresh parsley
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 cucumber, diced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
5 sprigs fresh mint, chopped (or 1 tbsp dried)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp ume plum vinegar
2 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed

Cook quinoa according to package directions.  Cool.  Combine quinoa, parsley, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, green onions, and mint.  Mix well.  Combine olive oil, ume plum vinegar and garlic and mix into salad.



Jamie said...

But can you explain why Kale juice is purple in the pan, but is green when I wash the pan into the sink?

Is there some evil hippie magic going on in there?

And DAMN that looks like a beautifully cooked steak if I do so myself. Musta been a pretty talented man to grill up that sucker. #justaying

HolisticGuru said...


Yes, I can explain... it is the magical-star-sprinkle-unicorn-dust-sparkle-power that is purple. Then, once you take the kale out of the pan to eat it you absorb the green-hulk-smash-super-strength-power-muscle-evil-death-killer into your color aura. You start to see the world in green instead of purple, but don't be concerned, this is just the evil hippie nutrients working their magic.

I would like my steak organic, free-range, and medium-rare.