Friday, January 28, 2011

Quinoa with Kale, Tofu and Roasted Tomatoes

Our vegetarian dish this week
was based on
Heather's Quinoa Recipe
and then I made my changes
to suit my family
and my cooking

Quinoa with Kale, Tofu and Roasted Tomatoes

tablespoon of coconut oil
a pinch of fine grain sea salt
1 shallot, minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cups cooked quinoa (or brown rice, or other grain)
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
1 1/2 cups kale, spinach or other hearty green, finely chopped
2 cups extra-firm tofu, browned in a skillet a bit
1 cup pesto
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
1 cup roasted cherry tomatoes (or chopped sun-dried tomatoes)

the first thing
is to cut the
cherry tomatoes in half
in a bowl mix them with
some grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar
a bit of salt
mix them all up
place the tomatoes
cut side up
on a baking sheet
and bake at 350
for 45 minutes

once that is going
de stem your kale
and put it in
a food processor
at this point
I decided that I would
add some sweet peppers
to the dish a bit later
so I threw them in the picture
with the kale

in a sauce pan
add 2 cups of the rinsed quinoa
with the kale
and 4 cups of water
a bit of grapeseed oil
bring to a boil
reduce and simmer
15 minutes
while this is cooking
I roasted the nuts
in a pan
until I could just smell
the nutty flavour

melt the coconut oil
add the shallots
and the garlic
cook for a few minutes

add the cooked
quinoa and kale mixture
and the corn
to the shallot and garlic mixture

cut up the tofu
into nice sized cubes
cook it in coconut oil
and I added a bit of cumin
and garlic salt

I added the sweet peppers
to the quinoa mixture
then the cooked tofu

stir in the pesto
and the nuts
the whole mix
goes into a great big dish
top it with the
roasted tomatoes
along with some grated Parmesan cheese

I served this
with a salad
to my in laws
they are always
up for something
out of the normal

did we like it?
this was amazing
the tomatoes
were just the best
I really urge you

this was very filling
and just so
with so many
healthy ingredients

we had amazing weather today
I sent the kids outside
with their cute hats
their auntie
in New York gave them
for Christmas
but they made sure
to come in and visit me
and to score some
fruit that we had
on the counter


  1. I love reading about all your cooking adventures and I do try out many of them! However, I don't think I'm quite up to this one yet!! Glad your family liked it!

  2. I love both tofu and quinoa but I rarely combine them together. Your recipe looks very nice, great images. This is going on my menu for sure.