Quinoa Kale Saute

Quinoa Kale Saute from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

Do you ever revel in the fact that healthy, plant-based food can be so simple yet completely nourishing and satisfying?

I went to a friends’ home this weekend for a potluck lunch. It was just two couples and our meal consisted of a brown rice and lentil salad made by me, a green salad, green beans, rice, and hummus made by my friends, and a dessert of dried fruits, my almond and dried fruit balls rolled in coconut, nuts, and watermelon topped with rose water.

These were all very easy dishes to prepare with few ingredients in each, but it ended up being a true feast, especially because it was served on fancy dishes on a beautiful table setting:

A beautiful vegan feast with friends.

I think it just goes to show that we can find joy and indulgence from the everyday, just by a change of attitude or a sharpening of our perception if that makes any sense. 🙂

I was so inspired by my lunch with friends that I later made another very simple dish this weekend with quinoa, kale, and other vegetables.

I just water-sauteed the vegetables in stages, starting with the onion, and then adding the bell peppers, mushrooms, tomato, and then the kale:

Quinoa Kale Saute steps

The last step was to stir the vegetables with my cooked quinoa:

Quinoa Kale Saute mixture.

I squeeze fresh lime juice over the top and added some pistachio nuts for crunch:

Quinoa Kale Saute from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com

Here is the recipe:

Quinoa & Kale Saute
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Healthy
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 onion
  • 1 large tomato
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 portabella mushrooms
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale
  • 2 tablespoons no-salt seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 limes
  • ½ cup pistachios
  1. Cook quinoa according to instructions and set aside.
  2. Chop onion and tomato and slice bell peppers and mushrooms.
  3. Chiffonade kale by stacking leaves and then slicing them into long, thin strips.
  4. Heat two tablespoons of water in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the onion and cook for several minutes or until softened. Add the bell pepper and mushrooms and stir. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then add the tomato, no-salt seasoning, and garlic powder. Stir to combine. Add more water if necessary to prevent burning.
  6. Reduce the temperature to low heat and stir in the nutritional yeast and kale.
  7. Combine the cooked quinoa and cooked vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Squeeze the juice from the limes and serve hot, topped with pistachios.
  8. Squeeze the juice from the limes and serve hot, topped with pistachios.

Dr. Greger DVD Giveaway:

You probably know that I am a huge fan of Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. and the work he does at NutritionFacts.org.

Remember when I got to meet him for the first time earlier this year? Nerd crush alert!

He has a new DVD out called More Than an Apple a Day where he reviews the top reasons why Americans visit the doctor and how a plant-based diet can prevent those problems. You can actually watch it free online here and I highly, highly recommend it.

Besides being brilliant, he is such a nice person. I e-mailed him (!) last week and asked if he would be willing to send me one of the DVDs for a giveaway on my blog. A few days later, this arrived:

Dr. Greger note and DVD

So, I am thrilled to offer one of you lucky readers this DVD (I’m keeping the note, ha ha). I’m using Rafflecopter to manage the giveaway, please enter below (watch this short video if you need a tutorial on how to enter with Rafflecopter).

Giveaway requirements: Winner must be located within the continental United States and will be selected randomly on August 26th, 2013. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Dr. Greger of NutritionFacts.orgConclusion:

I hope the summer is treating you well. I’ve been able to do some more hiking. I even made some new friends on the trail last week:

Cows on the trail.

We also got sun at the beach this weekend:

Sun at the beach.Carrie at the beach.

I’ll be back here on Friday with more healthy, vegan recipes. Have a great week and please connect with me on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, or Google+ and don’t forget to check out my recipe app for iPhones and iPads, Vegan Delish, on the iTunes store here. There is a new update to the app coming soon and you get over 150 recipes all made with little to no oil, salt, or added sugars, all for $2.99!


  1. Carrie says

    Thanks for the link to the video! I hope I can win the DVD to give to a friend who has MS and two young children! I doubt her doctors have even told her about the risks of heart disease and leukemia due to those drugs she takes.

  2. Ginny says

    What a beautiful potluck, Carrie! My husband has said many times that the vegan potlucks we attend, are SO much better and tastier than any non-vegan one we’ve been to in the past. Vegan potlucks always include, homemade, thoughtful food dishes, whereas non-veg are usually filled w/items purchased pre-made from the store (ie, potato salad, doritos, boxed cookies, etc).

    I also LOVE LOVE that fact that you walked right passed the beautiful cows on your hike – what an awesome experience that must have been!!!


    • says

      Hi Ginny!!! So nice to hear from you. I agree, I have loved every vegan potluck I’ve ever attended. Hope you are having a nice summer. Let me know if you ever make it to the Central Coast and I’ll introduce you to my bovine friends. 🙂

  3. Sheri A says

    Hi Carrie! What no salt seasoning did you use in this recipe? Thanks! I would love to make this today. I have several varieties of Mrs. Dash and some Bensons Table tasty…. Just wanted to know the seasoning you used. Thanks!

    Sheri A

  4. val says

    I already have a copy so I won’t enter but Dr. Greger includes a personal note in every DVD he sends out…SUCH a super-good guy!!! So glad you are doing this giveaway…the youtube version of this video now has over 1,000,000 views by the way! Woot!

  5. says

    Oh how fun is that potluck? Terry and I have a couple that we like to have potlucks with too. We’ve actually somehow got in the habit of making super elaborate dishes… I would really to go back to more simple things. I LOVE this sautéed kale dish. YUM =) I love the use of nutritional yeast for a bit of a cheezy flavour.
    I’ll have to check out the video, it sounds really good!


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