Quinoa gets transformed into comfort food
In the midst of one of the snowiest and coldest winters we have had in Michigan in many years, I can’t stop craving comfort food. Unfortunately, eating my go-to feel-good dishes like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and fried chicken is not an ideal diet. Making an effort to eat fresher, heartier, and healthier meals every day, I went on the search for a recipe that would please my winter comfort cravings as well as my waistline.
And what I discovered was the amazing whole grain bowl concept. With a base of whole grains like brown rice or quinoa, these dishes provide protein and nutrition while filling you up. I have become obsessed with the fresh ingredients and the flexibility of adding anything you like to the bowl, and here is one of my favorite combinations.
Prep/Cook Time: 12 minutes
1 bunch of greens, washed and coarsely chopped (recommended: kale and chard; however, you can use any favorite greens)
2 to 3 teaspoons minced garlic
2 to 3 teaspoons minced ginger
2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
6 ounces firm tofu, diced (substitute in cooked chicken if you prefer)
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
½ medium or small head of cabbage, cored and shredded
1 bunch scallions, sliced
1½ cups cooked brown rice, room temperature
2½ cups cooked black quinoa, room temperature
1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce, to taste
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
½ cup chopped cilantro
- Combine garlic and ginger in small bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs and season with a pinch of salt.
- Heat wok or skillet over high heat. Swirl oil in bottom of pan. Add eggs and cook like a thin pancake on both sides. Transfer to a plate and cut into strips.
- Add more oil to pan and add tofu (or other protein). Stir-fry for a minute or two until it begins to color. Swirl remaining oil and add garlic, ginger, chard and red pepper. Stir-fry for two minutes, then add cabbage and scallions. Stir-fry for one minute and add rest of greens, cooking until leaves wilt. Add rice and quinoa and stir-fry for about two minutes. Add soy sauce, more scallions, tofu, eggs and cilantro. Remove from heat and serve.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (4 servings):
434 calories; 16g fat; 56g carbohydrates; 10g fiber; 506mg sodium; 17g protein
Recipe courtesy of New York Times.
What are some of your favorite healthy comfort food dishes?
Photo credit: Andrew Scrivani