Guest Recipe: One Hungry Mama Shares Her One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf!
June 03, 2011 | Written By: Healthy Schools Campaign
Photo courtesy of OneHungryMama.com
Today we are featuring a recipe from a fellow food blogger, One Hungry Mama. Stacie Billis is the brains behind this blog and writes about recipes that are healthy and delicious, as well as kid-friendly. We're featuring her recipe for One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf, a tasty and easy weeknight meal sure to satisfy all members of your family and pack a nutritional punch thanks to fresh and budget-friendly ingredients.
The stars of this dish are quinoa and kale. These two ingredients are some of the healthiest you can put in your body.
Quinoa looks and acts like a grain, but it is actually a protein-rich seed and a relative of the leafy green family. Quinoa is considered a complete protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids. It is also a good source of magnesium which has been known to decrease migraines as well as improve cardiovascular health. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the health benefits of quinoa, however. To read more about this ancient seed here.
Kale is part of the cruciferous family, which includes other veggies like broccoli and cabbage. It has cholesterol-lowering health benefits, is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and has been linked to risk lowering benefits in as many as five major types of cancer. It is also an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin A and beta carotene.
In combination with the other ingredients like feta cheese and pine nuts, this recipes is certainly a crowd pleaser. One Hungry Mama suggests doubling this recipe and freezing some for later, if it lasts that long!
To read her recipe, click here!
Special thanks to One Hungry Mama for allowing us to share this recipe! To see follow her blog, visit www.onehungrymama.com.
Plus! Check out One Hungry Mama's charity cookbook called Peko Peko: A Charity Cookbook for Japan to help aid the victims of the earthquake. For more information on how you can purchase this cookbook, click here!