Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Bowl with Dried Cranberries, Walnuts and Bleu Cheese

I came up with this “recipe” after I had roasted a lot of veggies for the week. We had them as sides, and I was trying to think of something different to do with them. This was amazing. One note: Bleu cheese goes a long way, so remember, you can always add more! The caramelized taste of the roasted veggies, with the addition of the kale, chewy dried fruit and crunchy walnuts were an amazing combination!

Many of my “recipes” aren’t really recipes, they’re more of a guideline – Feel free to experiment with different ingredients or vary from what I have written. This recipe is also something that can be made (mostly) ahead, then heat and assemble the bowls.

This recipe includes roasted veggies (click HERE for a great guide on roasting veggies), cooked quinoa (Trader Joe’s frozen packet that you microwave is amazing – perfect for 2 with a little left over)! I also sauté  the kale, I wash it, dry it,  and add to a non-stick pan with a wee bit of olive oil, cover the pan and add a wee bit of water to help it steam – keep taste testing, once it’s at the consistency that you like, turn the burner off and transfer to a bowl. Chop the dried fruit, nuts. Once you have everything ready it’s time to add to a bowl. Add quinoa, roasted veg, cranberries or cherries, nuts, a wee bit of bleu cheese – this is remarkably good AND good for you!

Click HERE to print the recipe as shown below… I can’t wait for you to try it!

Roasted Veggie & Quinoa Bowl

Quick & Healthy Recipe  – Serves 2 people

Ingredients

●  Roasted Vegetables (see note*)

●  Kale, chopped and sautéed

●  Blue Cheese, crumbled

●  Quinoa, cooked (see note**)

●  Walnuts, chopped

●  Dried Cranberries or Cherries, chopped

1. Roast vegetables: I used onion, carrots, parsnips, turnips and sweet potato – change it up so it doesn’t get boring!

2. Saute the kale by adding washed/dried kale to a non-stick skillet with a little olive oil. After a few minutes cover the pan and add a little liquid (chicken broth or water is fine) – keep taste testing until it’s to a consistency you like.

3. Cook the quinoa. You can make it according to package directions or buy frozen that you zap in the microwave..

4. Chop walnuts, and dried fruit.

5. Plate – Add quinoa to individual bowls, top with vegetables, dried fruit, walnuts and bleu cheese.

Tips

*Roasted vegetables: see link below for tips on how to roast veggies. I basically cut into pieces (the smaller the pieces the quicker they cook), add a little olive oil, S&P in a 400F oven about 30 minutes (depending upon size).

**Quinoa: Trader Joe’s (or similar) frozen cooked quinoa is a real time saver, and perfect if there are just one or two of you!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

 

 

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