Thursday, November 21, 2013

FOOD | Bibimbap Style Quinoa and Kale Bowls

For the past few days I have been whipping up these quinoa and kale lunch bowls and they are so delicious I have to share the recipe. If you follow my Instagram feed you might have seen me post a pic of it yesterday.  I'm calling it Bibimbap style after the Korean mixed rice dish, but it is really just a mix up of some healthy veggies and quinoa, topped with a fried egg.

(not the greatest pic, but I wolfed down today's bowl before I could snap a better one)

Bibimbap Style Quinoa and Kale Bowl

1/2 cup - 1 cup of cooked quinoa (depending on how hungry you are...)
1 cup chopped kale
1/2 cup finely sliced yellow onion
1/2 shredded carrots (i just use my peeler to make the "shreds")
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp roasted sesame oil
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp thai fish sauce
1/2 tsp honey
1 tsp chili oil (I'm in love with the stuff from Brooklyn Wok Shop)
1/2 avocado diced (optional)

Cook quinoa to package instructions.  You only need 1/2 cup or so for this recipe but it is nice to have leftovers.  Layer cooked quinoa in your bowl.

In a sauté pan over medium heat, warm 1 tsp of olive oil.  Add in kale and about 1/2 tsp of soy sauce. Sauté for 2 mins.  Then add this to the quinoa.

In the same pan, add the onions and carrots, a drizzle of soy sauce and roasted sesame oil, and sauté for 3-4 mins until the onion is softened.  Add this mixture to your bowl.

Give the pan a spritz of PAM and fry up one egg over easy.  Lay this on top of the bowl.

(You can add some avocado if you want too.  Avocado never hurt anything.)

In a small bowl, combine the remaining tsp of soy sauce, the rice vinegar, fish sauce, and honey.  Drizzle this sauce over the bowl.  

Finally, it you like things spicy, top your fried egg while a healthy dollop of chili oil.  My fav is this stuff from the Brooklyn Wok Shop...

There you have it!  Delicious and nutritious.  And it is easy to customize depending on what you have on hand...spinach or watercress instead of kale, maybe add some baby corn or water chestnuts for crunch, or try some marinated tufo instead of the egg.

Now go make yourself would even be great for dinner!