Quick, easy, nutritious and tasty is what I look for in a weekday meal. Sesame, Quinoa and Kale Bowl ticks all of those boxes. Quinoa is a complete protein, kale gives you all the benefits of dark leafy greens and sesame, as well as providing flavour, adds a kick of calcium.  Great for Meatfree Monday or anyday!

Sesame, Quinoa and Kale Bowl

1 cup quinoa (170g)
2 cups water (500ml)
1 bunch kale, about 150g, roughly chopped
3-4 spring onions, white and most of green part, thinly sliced
3 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 orange, zest and juice
2 inch piece of ginger, juice only, finely grated and squeezed

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to the boil with a pinch of salt. Add the quinoa, reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15 minutes, remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let sit for 5 minutes, covered.
  2. Steam the kale for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. To toast the sesame seeds, heat a dry frying pan to a medium heat and add sesame seeds. Stir regularly until seeds start popping and smelling fragrant, this will take less than 5 minutes.
  4. In a bowl, combine toasted sesame oil, tamari, juice and zest of orange, and ginger juice. Whisk with a fork to combine.
  5. Save some of spring onions, sesame seeds and carrots for garnish, then add the rest to the bowl.
  6. Add the quinoa and kale to the bowl and combine well. Top with remaining spring onions, sesame seeds and carrots. Enjoy!
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