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Veggie Quinoa & Kale Chips

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Garlic, onions and ginger (aka the Trinity Roots by some) have long been a base of my mom’s savory dishes, and I followed in her footsteps – or rather spatula stirrings; incorporating copious amounts of the three in soups, savory scones, stews, veggies and quinoa, till they oozed out of my pores {thank goodness for extra strength deodorant :)}!

When I started using them for their aroma and taste, I had no idea of their exact health benefits. Other than my mom’s advise to use them as they were “good for me” – I had no idea that these three simple roots:
• promote cardiovascular health and increase circulation
• have anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties
• can aid in proper digestive function as well as aiding in the release of toxins
• super charge the immune system
• boost antioxidant levels
…like the book title: live and learn …and pass it on 🙂

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This quinoa is chock full of onions, garlic and ginger and can be eaten with a side of kale chips or any chips of your liking or salsa or avocado or…anything your heart -or stomach- desires.

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Ingredients:
1 large onion chopped
1 large (two inch) piece of ginger peeled and chopped
6 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
1 cup vegetable stock
half cup quinoa
couple of carrots
couple sticks of celery
Kale (washed and torn into bite size pieces)
olive oil
salt and pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons fresh cilantro finely chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Place the quinoa in the vegetable stock and bring to a boil, then lower flame slightly and let cook for 15 minutes
While quinoa is cooking, spread the kale on a baking sheet and sprinkle with 1 – 2 teaspoons of olive oil and toss to coat.
Then sprinkle on 1 teaspoon of cumin and 1 teaspoon of paprika, and salt and pepper and bake for 12-15 minutes or till crisp.
While quinoa is cooking and kale chips are baking, sauté the onions, garlic and ginger till the onions slightly caramelize
Add the celery and carrots and cook till tender
Sprinkle on the cumin and paprika
Add salt and pepper to taste
Mix in the cooked quinoa and sprinkle with cilantro and voila – dinner (or lunch) is done in under 30 minutes!

Happy Monday All!
Thank you for reading and I was wondering…
Are there any (cooking) traditions -from parents, grandparents- that you have employed?

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

Thursday 19th of September 2013

Love quinoa and kale chips! This looks so comforting, Shashi :)

Swathi

Thursday 19th of September 2013

Delicious quinoa and kale chips, I need to buy some and make this right away.

Shashi Charles

Friday 20th of September 2013

Thanks so much Swathi!

Amy (@amy_donovan)

Thursday 19th of September 2013

What a delicious-sounding dish! I love quinoa and I love kale, so I know I'd love this great combination. YUM!

Shashi Charles

Thursday 19th of September 2013

Thanks so much Amy

Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

Thursday 19th of September 2013

Mmmmmm ... I love quinoa and cook it so many different ways! This is such a great idea to incorporate the crunchy texture (and huge health benefits!!) of kale. Sounds so fantastic (even if I do need extra-strength deodorant the next day, right!?!?!?)! :D

Shashi Charles

Thursday 19th of September 2013

Haha - too funny! Thanks Shelley - I hope you enjoy it!

Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

Wednesday 18th of September 2013

my mom suggests adding asfoetida while making beans to help with digestion it really does. Kale chips are always delightful :)

Shashi Charles

Wednesday 18th of September 2013

Thanks for this tip Dixya - this one is new to me!