Lentil Quinoa Bowl With Kale

Lentil Quinoa Bowl with Kale. Marian Blazes
  • 43 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 28 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
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Top this nutritious bowl of cooked grains with slices of roast lemon chicken or with a soy sauce hard boiled egg for extra protein, and serve it with a spoonful or two of sofrito (homemade or store bought).

The grains are cooked in a smoky miso broth that is seasoned with tomatoes and spices. Fresh green kale is added at the end, along with a squirt of lime for brightness.  Add extra red chile paste if you like things spicy.

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tomato (finely chopped)
  • 6-8 sun-dried tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup miso
  • 2 tablespoons red chile pepper paste (such as aji panca paste, or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup red quinoa
  • 8 large kale leaves (stemmed and cut into thin ribbons)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional, for serving: sofrito, hard boiled eggs, thinly sliced roasted chicken

How to Make It

  1. Place the olive oil in a large saucepan with the onion and the garlic. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often until the onion is softened and fragrant.
  2. Add the chopped tomato and the sun-dried tomatoes and cook until most of the liquid from the tomato is gone. 
  3. Add the miso, the chile pepper paste, the tomato paste, the worcestershire sauce, the soy sauce, the cumin, abd the smoked paprika.  Cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the green lentils. 
  1. Add the vegetable broth to the pan and bring to a simmer.  Lower the heat and cover the pot. Let lentils simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the quinoa and continue to cook, covered, for 20 minutes longer.  Add more vegetable broth if needed. 
  2. Add the kale and cook for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  
  3. Portion into bowls and top with sliced roasted chicken or a soft boiled egg, and a couple of tablespoons of sofrito.