One of my girlfriends made a delicious quinoa bake last week, with black beans and delicious Mexican flavours, and since then I’ve been craving making a hearty baked quinoa dish myself. Although we eat a lot of quinoa in our home, I don’t usually bake it in the oven, but it’s so filling, puffy and beautifully compliments your vegetable casserole.
The nice thing with this meal, is you don’t need to precook the quinoa, it cooks nicely in the oven with the other ingredients. But, if you do have leftover cooked quinoa sitting in the fridge, by all means, use it. Just cut down on the liquid and cooking time, by about half.
My son is not so into cooked little grains, like couscous or quinoa, but mixed in with all the other veggies, it was a winner for him, too. I like when everyone is happy at the dinner table!
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 an onion, diced
- 1 red sweet pepper, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 plum tomatoes, diced
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
- juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 1 - 14oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup quinoa (any colour), rinsed
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Wash the kale and remove the tough stems. Roughly chop and set aside.
- In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat and add onion, red pepper, and garlic. Stir occasionally and cook until soft, approx. 5 minutes. Add in the kale, stirring, and cook until it has reduced in size. Stir in diced tomatoes along with the dried oregano, sage, salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
- Heat up your vegetable stock, either on the stove top, or in the microwave for 2 minutes.
- Put the contents of your skillet into an 8″x8″ pan. Add in lemon juice, chickpeas and quinoa along with the hot vegetable stock. Stir gently to combine. Sprinkle nutritional yeast overtop if you are using it. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil, give it a stir. Check if quinoa has cooked through and if all liquid has been absorbed. If not, cover with foil and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes, or until all liquid has been absorbed.
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