Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale and Feta

My husband is running the New York City Marathon this coming Sunday. Personally, I’m not a fan of running. I can’t think of anything much worse than running 26.2 miles and prefer cheering from the sidelines. Yikes … but he loves it!

This will actually be Joel’s fifth marathon. He’s also run the Chicago, New Orleans Mardi Gras, Avenue of the Giants, and Rails to Trails marathons. I think that officially qualifies him as a marathoner, don’t you?

Running that long of a distance requires a lot of commitment, and as the race approaches, our lives inevitably begin to revolve around his training. Our weekends are ruled by his long runs, discussing the route, and sometimes there’s even a trip involved (definitely my favorite part).

I may not be up for the running, but I have no problem getting behind the nutritious food! Joel will be watching what he eats this week, and this Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale, and Feta is the perfect healthy (and delicious!) meal to serve him.

Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale & Feta | Hello Little Home #Vegetarian #MeatlessMondayThis Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale, and Feta is a one bowl meal that’s packed with good-for-you ingredients!

  • Quinoa is an amazingly nutritious whole grain that’s full of protein, low in fat, and a good source of iron and fiber.
  • Kale is a super food rich in phytochemicals, flavonoids, minerals, and vitamins (one cup more than fulfills your daily requirement for vitamins A, K, and C).
  • Tomatoes, another super food, are rich in nutrients and a good source of minerals and vitamins, especially C. They are also a great source of lycopene, a disease-fighting antioxidant.
  • Chickpeas are a fat free, high quality source of protein and fiber.
  • Onions and garlic are full of phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, all of which have proven health benefits and may help fight infection, cancer, and heart disease.

OK, enough about the health benefits, let’s talk about how good this dish is! Quinoa is one of my favorite foods. It’s easy to prepare and delicious. I wanted to add as much flavor to the quinoa as possible, so I cooked it with sauteed onions and broth.

The quinoa is served mixed with garlicky kale and chickpeas and topped with juicy roasted tomatoes and tangy feta. Yum!

Perhaps best of all, this Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale, and feta is quick and easy to prepare. Everything is cooked separately, but at the same time, so you can have it on the table in the time it takes to steam the quinoa!

Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale & Feta

Yield: 4 main dish servings, 6-8 side dish servings

Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale & Feta

Ingredients

  • 6 tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, well rinsed
  • 2 3/4 cups vegetable broth, divided
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 lb. cherry tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas
  • 1 bunch kale, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 lb. feta, crumbled
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a large saucepan with lid.
  3. Add onion to oil and cook until it starts to brown, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in quinoa.
  5. Add 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth to quinoa and bring to a boil.
  6. Cover pan and reduce heat to a simmer.
  7. Cook until quinoa is tender and broth is absorbed, about 15 - 20 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, cover a baking pan with tin foil and coat the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  9. Add the cherry tomatoes to pan in a single layer.
  10. Drizzle the tomatoes with 2 tsp. olive oil and stir to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Place tomatoes in oven and roast until most of the tomatoes are popped, about 10 - 15 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and set aside.
  13. While tomatoes are roasting, combine 2 tsp. olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and 1/4 tsp. salt in a large pan.
  14. Place pan on stove and heat to medium.
  15. Cook until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  16. Stir in chickpeas.
  17. Top chickpeas with kale and 1/4 cup broth.
  18. Cover pan, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  19. After a few minutes, stir kale and cover pan again.
  20. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until kale is wilted and tender (about 10 minutes).
  21. Season kale to taste with additional salt, if desired.
  22. When quinoa is done, stir in kale mixture. Taste and season with additional salt, if desired.
  23. Serve quinoa topped with roasted tomatoes and sprinkled with feta. Enjoy!

Notes

  • - The kale cooks down a lot, so feel free to add another bunch if you're a kale lover.
  • - Instead of topping the quinoa with the tomatoes and kale, feel free to mix all the ingredients together. It will taste just as good, but won't be quite as pretty!

http://hellolittlehome.com/quinoa-with-roasted-tomatoes-kale-feta/

Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale & Feta | Hello Little Home #Vegetarian #MeatlessMondayAren’t the roasted tomatoes gorgeous?

Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale & Feta | Hello Little Home #Vegetarian #MeatlessMondayQuinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Kale & Feta | Hello Little Home #Vegetarian #MeatlessMondayThis recipe is flexible, too. If you are serving a vegan, just leave out the feta and make sure to use vegan broth to cook the quinoa. It would also be good with chicken added if you’re serving someone who just can’t live without meat. I think we all know a few of those people!

Are you a runner, too? What about marathons … lifetime goal or potential nightmare (ha!)?

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Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Garam Masala Ketchup

Did you catch my Indian-Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Burgers last week? They’re really delicious on their own, but to me, no burger is complete without fries!

French fries are one of my weaknesses. If you put a plate in front of me, I definitely won’t be able to stop at just one. But then again, why would I want to?

At home, I always oven roast my fries. It’s a little healthier, and I don’t feel guilty for indulging. I especially love sweet potato fries, and these Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Garam Masala Ketchup are the perfect accompaniment to my Indian-Spiced Veggie Burgers!

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Garam Masala Ketchup | Hello Little Home #SideDish #Snack #Indian #PotatoesSweet potatoes contain lots of water, and without deep frying it can be difficult to get crispy fries. I did a little internet research, and many people suggested coating the potatoes with cornstarch before tossing the fries with olive oil.

In the name of the perfect fry, I made a few batches, some with cornstarch and some without. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it, right? My husband helped me taste test, and it was close, but we both preferred the cornstarch-coated sweet potato fries. The cornstarch crisped up the edges a bit, and who doesn’t like a little crunch?

The fries are seasoned with garam masala – an Indian spice blend that’s available in most grocery stores – which adds a wonderful flavor. I love a dipping sauce for my fries, so created a special garam masala ketchup, too. It’s so easy to make and tastes a bit like I imagine an Indian barbeque sauce would … yum!

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with Garam Masala Ketchup

Yield: 4 - 6 side dish servings

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with Garam Masala Ketchup

Ingredients

    For Fries:
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • For Ketchup:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Prepare fries:
  4. Wash sweet potatoes and use a paper to towel to them pat dry (no need to peel).
  5. Slice potatoes in half horizontally, and then cut each half into slices about 1/2-inch thick.
  6. Cut the slices into fries about 1/2-inch wide.
  7. Place the fries in a large Ziplock bag.
  8. Sprinkle the fries with the cornstarch.
  9. Seal the bag and shake until the fries are evenly coated with cornstarch.
  10. Open bag. Drizzle fries with olive oil and sprinkle with garam masala and salt.
  11. Close the bag again and shake until fries are evenly coated.
  12. Place fries in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  13. Put the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until fries are browned on one side.
  14. Remove fries from oven and flip with a spatula, so the browned side is facing up.
  15. Return fries to the oven and bake for another 15-20 or until browned on the second side.
  16. Make ketchup:
  17. While the fries are cooking, place ketchup, garam masala, and cayenne in a small bowl.
  18. Mix well and set aside until fries are finished.
  19. To serve:
  20. Remove fries from oven and season to taste with additional salt, if desired.
  21. Serve with ketchup. Enjoy!

Notes

  • - When shaking the fries in the Ziplock bag, make sure to hold your hand over the zip seal. That way, if the bag opens you won't have a huge mess to clean up. (Ask me how I learned that tip!)
  • - It's very important that the fries cook in a single layer. Use more than one baking sheet, if necessary, and rotate the pans' positions in oven after flipping halfway through.
  • - Get creative with the spices! These fries would also taste amazing seasoned with chili powder and cumin or even curry powder.

http://hellolittlehome.com/roasted-sweet-potato-fries-with-garam-masala-ketchup/

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P.S. If you like these roasted sweet potato fries, I think you’ll like my Old Bay Roasted Potato Wedges, too!

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Autumn Picnic in Central Park

How excited are you for the first day of fall?!? It’s my favorite season, and there’s definitely (finally!) an autumn vibe in the air. I’ve noticed a few colorful leaves this week, and it’s been getting dark earlier and earlier.

The weather is cooling off, too. It’s been in the seventies, which I love. My husband often teases me that I’m only happy when it’s 72 and sunny, so I’m in heaven right now!

Of course, this perfect weather won’t last much longer. So I decided to take advantage of it and planned an autumn picnic in Central Park last weekend.

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Pineapple Fried Brown Rice

NYC grocery shopping is a major pain. Like many New Yorkers, I don’t have a car. Although even if I did, most of the stores around me don’t have a parking lot. So the days of full carts and stocking up are gone (unless I order online; which has its own challenges).

The nearest grocery store is a few blocks away from my apartment, which is convenient, but I still can’t handle more than two bags at one time. This means that I generally make multiple trips to the store every week. Did I mention that I never liked grocery shopping to begin with?

All this also means that sometimes I get super lazy. That’s exactly what happened to me last week. I’d been avoiding the store for a few days, and my cupboards were pretty bare. I had a few scraps of this and that, and I was trying to come up with something to make.

That’s how I came up with this Pineapple Fried Brown Rice!

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Fried rice is one of the best way to use up the odds and ends in your refrigerator. This pineapple version just so happens to be one of my favorite meals, too!

Let’s start by talking about the rice. To make good fried rice, you need to start with leftover (cold) rice. If you’re in a pinch, you can use freshly cooked rice, but the texture will be a soft and mushy. So use up those takeout leftovers, or simply make a batch of rice the night before and refrigerate it overnight (that’s what I usually do).

The rice is important, but it’s everything else that goes in the dish that makes it taste so good! My Pineapple Fried Brown Rice is full of vegetables, tofu (sub your favorite protein), crunchy cashews, and sweet pineapple. It’s a little sweet, a touch spicy, a bit salty, and oh so good!

Clean out your fridge and make this fried rice tonight!

Pineapple Fried Brown Rice

Yield: 4 main dish servings, 6-8 side dish servings

Pineapple Fried Brown Rice

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 2 tsp. + 1 tbsp. olive oil, separated
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice, cold (see note)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups chopped cabbage (about 1/4 of a small head)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
  • 1 large green onion, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (8 oz.) package baked tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add cashews and cook, stirring occasionally, until toasted. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Return pan to stove, add 2 tsp. olive oil, and set burner to medium-high.
  4. Add onion and carrots to pan. Cook, stirring frequently, until edges start to brown.
  5. Stir cabbage into onions and carrots. Cook, stirring, until cabbage begins to wilt.
  6. Add 1 tbsp. olive oil, garlic, white part of green onions, and crushed red pepper flakes to pan.
  7. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant (about 30 seconds to 1 minutes).
  8. Run a fork through the brown rice to separate the grains. Add to vegetables.
  9. Cook until rice is hot and then reduce to medium.
  10. Add tofu and pineapple to pan. Cook until heated through.
  11. Push rice mixture to one side of pan.
  12. Pour eggs into pan and scramble.
  13. When eggs are almost cooked through, mix them in with the rice. Use a spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan, making sure to get all the eggs.
  14. Stir in the green onions and cashews.
  15. Drizzle rice with soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir well.
  16. Season with additional soy sauce, if desired, and remove from heat.
  17. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

  • - To prepare 3 cups cooked rice, combine 1 cup rice, 2 cups water, and 1 tsp. salt in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until tender and water is absorbed (about 35-45 minutes). Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • - When cooking over high temperatures, make sure to stir the ingredients frequently. This will help avoid burning.
  • - If you like spicy food, add additional crushed red pepper flakes or serve with sriracha or rooster sauce.

http://hellolittlehome.com/pineapple-fried-brown-rice/

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P.S. If you like this recipe, make sure to check out my Spicy Tomato Basil Fried Rice, too!

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