30 min or less, Easy, Gluten Free, Lunch, Nut free, Oil free, Side dishes, Under 400 calories, Vegan Recipes

Simple Kale Quinoa

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Add some healthy veggies and protein to your meal with this simple Kale Quinoa- only 8 ingredients.

Simple Kale Quinoa | via #vegan #glutenfree

Ever have one of those days when you just don’t feel like cooking? It’s pretty rare for me, but it happens. The other day, I felt the pressure of getting a recipe up on the site but I was feeling completely uninspired and had no idea what to make. But…I was still hungry. So I thought, I’ll make a quick side dish for myself with no intention of putting it on the site. I was also majorly running out of food in my kitchen so I worked with what I had. And somehow ended up loving it and a new recipe was born. It’s funny how sometimes things work out when you least expect them to. Now if every day in the kitchen could be like that.

I love this simple Kale Quinoa recipe because it’s really easy, requires very little ingredients, and it’s super healthy. I think this might be my new go-to meal when I’m feeling lazy but still want to eat healthy.

Simple Kale Quinoa | via #vegan #glutenfree

To begin, in a medium saucepan, melt the vegan butter over medium heat until melted. If you prefer oil-free, you can also use vegetable stock in the place of butter. Then add the quinoa and heat for 3-4 minutes until slightly toasted, stirring occasionally. Add the vegetable broth and all the spices. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Add the kale and stir; remove from heat.

Simple Kale Quinoa | via #vegan #glutenfree

This dish is really easy to experiment with or add to. Try adding toasted pine nuts, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, veggie sausage, crispy tofu, or even roasted chickpeas. You can get really creative with this versatile dish. =)


Kale Quinoa (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Kale Quinoa Side Dish | via #vegan #glutenfree

Add some healthy veggies and protein to your meal with this simple Kale Quinoa- only 8 ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish, Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop



  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter (or vegetable stock) over medium heat.
  2. Add quinoa and heat for 3-4 minutes until slightly toasted, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add vegetable broth and all spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed.
  4. Add kale and stir; then remove from heat. Serves 4.


  • Serving Size: 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 184
  • Sugar: 1.2
  • Sodium: 244.7
  • Fat: 4.1
  • Carbohydrates: 30.3
  • Protein: 6.5

Keywords: kale quinoa, easy kale quinoa

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  • Very delicious, I just want to make it again, I added broccoli, red cappo, pepitos and pine nuts. Next time I am going to also add roast pumpkin cubes and avocado. Yum I want it now ??

    • Yum!!! Sometimes I add pine nuts too. Sounds delish. =)

  • I made little balls out of it and baked them for 10 min. And made a sauce to dip them on very good snack

    • Oh wow, that sounds AMAZING Joyce. Thanks for the idea!! =)

  • Made this recipe the other night, absolutely loved it!

    • Thanks Kaye! 😉


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