Quinoa Pasta Salad with tomatoes and Kale

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As a plant based eater I have to be creative with the things that I eat. I get bored easily of new foods and tend to stick with the things that I know and love. Which has really made this transition all the more difficult. But with some experiments in the kitchen I am slowly learning new ways to prepare food that is super delicious. Today’s adventure was a Quinoa pasta salad that I tossed together for lunch. It’s super simple and super tasty.

What you’ll need:

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

1 can diced tomatoes (any seasons or flavors that you like)

1-2 cups pre-cooked pasta of choice, anything but spaghetti really works well. (this recipe is really great if you have leftover pasta without any sauce)

1-2 cups kale

Desired spices for flavor

Directions:

Cook Quinoa according to the directions. Mine said to boil 2 cups water with 1 cup quinoa then cover with a lid and cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Take off the heat when done and let sit 3-5 minutes or until water is soaked up then stir. I added some spicy seasons and garlic to the water/quinoa while cooking for flavor.

Once quinoa is done put some oil (vegetable, olive or coconut) in a large frying pan and let the oil get a little hot. Then toss in the quinoa, pasta, tomatoes (I did not drain them but you can if you want, I found the more water in the pan the better it was for cooking.) and kale. Add your desired seasons to the mix. I added garlic, spicy pepper flakes, sriracha seasoning and Italian flavor.

Cook until the kale has wilted and become soft and the entire mixture is hot. Let cool a little and then serve.

I really like this recipe because you can totally make it yours. I added whatever seasons I had within reach and you can even add other veggies or not add something as well. Quinoa is pretty low-key and super fun to play around with. It goes with a lot of things and really adds to a meal.

Happy eating!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Cathryn says:

    Very colorful. Looks tasty.

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  2. Liz says:

    I agree, it does look colourful and i like this recipe idea. The only meat I eat occasionally is chicken, so trying other things that don’y contain meat I love to try. I tried quinoa earlier this year as a breakie and I loved it, but I needed new ideas and i like this one, so definitely will do this.

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    1. Tris says:

      I’m, glad you like it! We had gotten the Quinoa for Christmas and I was so excited! I also made Quinoa Meat(less) Balls and they were AMAZING! I will post the recipe sometime later this week 🙂

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      1. Liz says:

        Sounds lovely. I will look for that post too. 🙂

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