Kale and Quinoa Salad

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Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a chore.

I don’t eat healthy foods unless I really like the taste.

Growing up, my mom always ate healthy foods-whether she enjoyed the taste or not.

Certain greens need a little oomph, and for me I love Kale but I definitely need it paired with olive oil or dried figs!

Sometimes you need a quick meal too, and as tempting as In N Out can be, a better option is a homemade meal.

Kale and Quinoa both are incredible superfoods.

Lettuce start with Kale! 😉 ha okay cheesy pun aside, Kale is a superfood due to its high nutritional value.

Kale both raw and cooked offers incredible properties.

Raw Kale contains protein, fiber, iron, folate, omega-3 fatty acid and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and zinc and vitamins A beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E and K.

This all translates into helping the body omit unwanted toxins,  protect the eyes, lowering cholesterol, potentially reducing risk of heart disease, and protect against type 2 diabetes.

Next is Quinoa [Keen-Wah]. Raise your hand if you pronounced it like how it’s spelled.

This superfood is so easy to cook-so much easier thank cooking rice.

I still have a hard time cooking rice-the timing-the amount of water, it is like a specific science!

One day I’ll get there. Anyways, Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.

Like Kale, it also has fiber, iron, and magnesium. Quinoa also is packed with manganese, riboflavin, and lysine.

Start with rinsing the Quinoa for a few seconds, then transfer to a pot.

Add olive oil or coconut oil and toast the quinoa for a bit.

Add double the water and boil for 18-20 minutes uncovered. The last 5-7 minutes or so, put on the lid to steam.

To save time, pre-cook the quinoa and store for later use. Next, in a frying pan, add a healthy oil of your choice and cook down the Kale-it shrivels up a lot so don’t be afraid to use a bountiful amount.

Once the Kale is cooked down to your liking, and once the Quinoa is cooked, combine both.

This is where I add cumin, salt, garlic, etc. Lastly, for some extra protein, I add an egg on top!

My husband likes fried eggs and I like sunny side up and scrambled eggs so I put a sunny side up on mine.

This was dinner the other night.

I was so inspired to cook a quick, low maintenance healthy meal I made it again but added onion to the kale+quinoa mix. I also made elote (street corn) as a side.

Super yummy and filling! Street corn is super simple to make-I found sweet corn pack of three at the 99 cents store, which is ready to eat!

All I did was spread mayonnaise on the corn, throw it in the microwave for about 30 seconds, and then I sprinkled the corn with cotija cheese, cilantro, and tajin.

Approximate calories for this meal: 277 calories!!

1/4 cup quinoa: 42.25 calories

Fried egg: 90 calories

Elote (street corn): 120 calories

1/2 cup kale: 16.5 calories

Chopped 1/8 cup onion: 8 calories

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