Saturday, April 4, 2015

Winter Abundance Bowl #2

Since spring is fast approaching, I figure I'd better post a couple of winter veggie bowls that we enjoyed during our freezing cold winter! Although in some ways a snowy winter screams heavy pasta and beef dishes, it can be good to lighten things up and enjoy veggie-focused meals as well -- this one is even vegan, but is still hearty and warm enough for a chilly night.  Protein-rich quinoa forms the base of the bowl, and then hot roasted potatoes and green beans are piled on a top.  A generous handful of toothsome-but-tender marinated kale adds an important hit of freshness, and sliced almonds give each bite a little crunch.  A super simple Dijon mustard dressing punched up with roasted garlic pulls everything together.  You won't even miss the meat!  Bonus: leftovers are great at room temperature for lunch the next day.

Winter Abundance Bowl #2 (adapted from Oh She Glows, original recipe here)
Serves 3-4

3/4 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 large garlic cloves (peel left on)
Olive oil
Kosher salt
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 bunch kale, stemmed and thinly sliced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 green onions, minced
Sliced almonds, to serve

For the dressing:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven and line a large baking sheet with foil.  Spray lightly with oil.
2. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes, green beans, and garlic cloves with a generous drizzle of olive oil and a big pinch of kosher salt.  Lay out on the baking sheet in a single layer.  Roast about 30-35 minutes total, stirring every 10 minutes, until the veggies are tender.
3. Meanwhile, prepare the quinoa.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and season with a generous pinch of salt.  Add the quinoa, and simmer until tender, 12-15 minutes or so.  Drain in a fine mesh strainer, and then set the strainer over the pot, cover with a lid, and let sit until ready to use (this will keep the quinoa warm and keep it from getting soggy).  
4. Prepare the kale.  Add the sliced kale leaves to a large bowl along with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt.  Massage for a few minutes, until the kale breaks down and becomes tender.  Squeeze over the juice of half a lemon, and stir to combine.
5. Make the dressing.  Combine the vinegar, olive oil, and Dijon in a jar with a tightly fitting lid.  Season with salt and pepper.  When the garlic cloves are roasted, squeeze them out of their skins and mash into a paste with a fork.  Add to the jar with the oil and vinegar.  Screw on the lid tightly, and shake well until the dressing is nicely combined.
5. Assemble the bowls.  Start with a scoop of quinoa and drizzle on a bit of the dressing.  Then pile on the roasted veggies and kale salad, and add more dressing.  Finish with a sprinkle of green onions and sliced almonds.

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