Healthy Meal: Quinoa with Cranberries, Walnuts, and Kale

Bonus lunch meal day!

Because I cooked for a friend last night, and therefore didn’t have leftovers, I had to whip something up this morning to bring for lunch today. I opted for quinoa with a few ingredients stirred in. I found this ingredient combination online a while ago (no idea where though – maybe YumSugar?) and have had it saved for a while to try. It was super easy, super delicious, super nutritious, and a great way to use up more of the leftover uncooked kale from last night.

Because there’s no official recipe, here are my directions:
1. Rinse 1/3 cup quinoa. This step is honestly the biggest pain of anything, because I don’t have a colender with small enough holes so the quinoa doesn’t slip through, so I improvise using my hands/paper towels/whatever I can find.
2. Put the quinoa in a pot with 2/3 cup water. Simmer for about 12 minutes.
3. At the 12 minute mark, add 2 cups of chopped (uncooked) kale. Let that keep cooking and wilt down for another 2-3 minutes.
4. Turn the stove off. Add 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/8 cup walnuts, and 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar. Stir. Done!

Nutritional results:
444 calories for the bowl (no recipe available)

Review: 4.5/5
Really yummy. Somewhat sweet tasting, and very wintery. Calories are fairly low for a meal, but don’t think you can have a lot of side dishes with it: this is a meal in itself. Tons and tons of protein, so it’s great if you’re vegetarian and/or have problems getting your protein for the day.

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