We're Gonna Bowl Tonight!
Who else loves the Bowling scene from Grease two? Oh.... Nobody?
While I am well aware of the fact that I am only one of maybe 12 people on the face of the Earth who actually loves Grease Two, I am also aware that I am in the company of countless others when it comes to my love for easy, delicious, one-bowl dinners!
This is a recipe for one of my very favorite one-bowl dinners! Thanks for putting up with my non-artsy food photos... Promise it will taste amazing.
Dinner is usually a pretty fly by the seat of my pants occasion at my house because I am not a meal planner. I buy things I know my family and I will love at the supermarket with a vague idea of different things I could do with it and then figure it out. Dinner is usually a surprise and I have fun with that.
The other night I made these amazing bowls and they were a hit with my husband and my teenage nephew, who are both foodies.
What you will need- for 3 bowls
3 small to medium sized- Sweet Potatoes or Hannah Yams
1 cup Quinoa- Any color
2 cups- Vegetable Broth
1 bunch- Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale- Or use the bag of precut kale from Trader Joes
1 small bunch- Broccoli
1 large- Avocado
1-2 tablespoons each-Coconut Secret - Coconut Aminos & Garlic Sauce
2-3 tablespoons -Olive Oil
1/2 or 1 teaspoon- Red Peper Flakes to taste
2 teaspoons- Curry Powder
1 teaspoon- Turmeric Powder
3-4 strands- Saffron
Salt & Pepper to taste
Earth's Balance to taste
Take your sweet potatoes or Hannah yams (I really like to mix them and have a little of each because I love the sweet flavor of the Hannah yam) wash and scrub them and put them in a small baking pan.
Pop in the oven at 350* and bake for 30-50 mins or until soft all the way through.
Wash and cut your kale into bite size pieces. Put cut kale into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Once the oil is on the kale massage it with your hands to spread the oil and also to soften the kale.
Place kale in a saute pan with a bit more oil and start to saute... Add a little of the coconut aminos and garlic sauce.
Kale cooks very quickly, so once it looks like it is soft take it out of saute pan and place it in a bowl to cool down.
Meanwhile, your quinoa should bee cooking. You will need 1 cup of quinoa to two parts broth or water, I like broth because it gives it a little more flavor. On this particular dish, I wanted my quinona extra flavorful so I also added curry powder, turmeric powder, and red pepper flakes to the broth and quinoa mixture before cooking.
It can be pretty tricky to make a good batch of quinoa.... Many times mine has ended up soggy or not soft enough. Here are the steps to get the perfect fluffy quinoa.
1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh colander and let the water drain out. This step will remove any bitterness the quinoa may have.
2. Mix the quinoa with the broth or water and bring to a boil once it's boiling reduce to a low heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes the more quinoa you are making the longer it will take. Make sure all the liquid has been absorbed.
3. remove the quinoa from the heat and place on pan cover. Let the quinoa steam in the cooking pan for about 5 minutes and then fluff with a fork! This last few minutes of steaming will really fluff up your quinoa!
The steamed Broccoli I just swiped from my kid"s dinner- Yes, I very often make my kids a different dinner than I do for my husband and I... I get it, we like exotic full flavors and their taste buds aren't there yet. But we do share broccoli! Just steam this as you normally would and add lots of Earth's Balance.
Grab a big hearty bowl and throw in the fluffy quinoa, some of the kale, some broccoli and your baked yams with Earth's balance, salt & pepper to taste. Top the whole thing off with avocado slices and voila! You have an easy one-bowl meal that will please even the biggest foodie.