Quinoa + Kale
After having my baby I noticed this intense self-discipline trait seemed to kick in where health is concerned. I’ve always been a healthy eater, but something was different this time around. I want to be healthy and strong for my growing family and not to mention how wonderful I feel! Feeling amazing is a huge drive for eating right – more so than losing weight after you start feeling the results… Then you will start seeing the results.
I still have a little ways to go to reach my pre-baby weight and my ideal goal but so far I’ve lost 30 lbs since I gave birth (10 weeks ago). I realize everyone has different tastebuds and ultimately you have to eat things that work for you but I’ll share what I’m doing here on this journey and feel free to follow it or tweak it!
I’ve never been a big meat eater although I’m not a self declared vegetarian either. This year I’ve been all about the protein! After giving birth, my body seemed to crave protein! You can get protein in many forms other than meat, although I do enjoy grilled chicken! One of the greatest ways I get my protein in and eat healthy at the same time is with this organic quinoa and kale recipie. If I’m at home for dinner (which we are for most of the time) then this is what I fix for myself. My husband Cameron is also getting in on the kick, surprisingly enough! Tweak it how you need to! I’ve included two options for you below: a recipie to cook or a way to cheat for a similar result! Enjoy! xx, KH
Sauteed Kale and Quinoa Skillet
Serves: 4 Servings
1 cup quinoa
1 cup vegetable broth
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
5 to 6 cups kale
½ tsp. red pepper flakes (more or less to your liking)
Pinch of sea salt (I add a little more as I love sea salt!)
Juice from 1 lemon
To make quinoa, rinse and soak for about 10 minutes in warm water. Bring 1 cup of broth to a boil in a small saucepan and add drained quinoa to boiling broth. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer, cooking for about 15 minutes, or until broth is absorbed. Turn heat off and allow quinoa to sit for an additional 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork; set aside.
In a large skillet, drizzle olive oil over medium heat and saute onion and garlic until fragrant. Add kale along with 2 tablespoons of water and cover, allowing the kale to steam for about 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until kale is tender.
Remove lid and add 1 cup cooked quinoa, red pepper flakes and a pinch of sea salt, mixing well.
For additional flavor, juice an orange and mix with a little ginger to pour over the quinoa as a dressing.
For additional protein, add a boiled egg.
Searching for an easier option? The Path of Life organic quinoa steam bags are a perfect option when you’re looking for a quick, easy and healthy option! No shame here! I opt for this way about twice per week. Find Path of Life here, here and here.