Walnut Veggie Quinoa

Here’s the thing about being single. You can do whatever you want and get away with it.

I live in sweatpants for 60% of my day.
I wear Lip Smackers watermelon chapstick and lipgloss.
I watch endless Sex and the City and Grey’s Anatomy.
I also consider Meredith Grey to be my second roommate.
I make weird noises and hand gestures when I burn my fingers on hot bread.
I throw ingredients in a bowl and call it dinner.

And it’s awesome.

This recipe was a total let’s-use-up-old-ingredients-in-the-refrigerator situation. Red bell peppers + kale + quinoa + walnuts = people staring at me when I’m eating it and wondering what the heck quinoa is.

Basically, people, the best grain ever. Let’s have a little nutrition lesson. Last night I learned that apples have a ton of potassium and calcium. Yeah, who know? So take that people who say I’m lacking calcium since I don’t drink milk. Hmmph. Quinoa also has calcium (take that!), iron (uh-huh, tolllllld you I’m healthy) AND protein. Woah. Woooahhhhh. Slow down. You’re telling me I can get calcium, iron, and protein without eating animals?

Yep.


Walnut Veggie Quinoa

1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 giant kale leaves, removed from stalks and roughly chopped
1/2 cup quinoa
Handful of walnuts
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Pepper
Oregano
Parsley
Lemon juice

1. Sautee the kale leaves and red bell pepper in a tbsp of olive oil. Add pepper, oregano and parsley.
2. Cook 1/2 cup quinoa in 1 cup of water. Boil the cup of water, add quinoa and boil for 5 minutes, then let sit, covered, for 15 minutes off heat.
3. Add quinoa to veggies and add walnuts.
4. Squirt lemon juice on and add more spices.

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