There's nothing terribly original about this recipe, but it's easy and healthy and a common concoction in our kitchen these days. I gobble it up and don't even feel guilty because it's so healthy. The Dude even likes it, and he's no real lover of greens, or healthy food, for that matter. He just slathers it with peanut sauce and goes to town.
I don't follow a specific recipe. I think this dish may have started from a recipe at some point, but now I do it from memory and the ingredients I have on hand. At minimum, you need:
1 c. quinoa
2 c. water
About 2 T. olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic, depending on size and taste, minced (I like a lot of garlic)
A bunch of greens (my favorite is mustard because I like the spiciness, but I usually use kale because it's easier to find; Swiss chard's another good option, probably), washed, de-stemmed, and cut up
|Greens, washed, destemmed, and cut up|
1/4 c. peanut butter (I use natural, chunky peanut butter)
1 1/2 t. rice vinegar
2 t. Soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T. chopped cilantro, if I happen to have it
|Ingredients for peanut sauce (I don't think light rice vinegar is necessary; it's just what my mother-in-law had in her kitchen)|
Obviously, you cook the quinoa in the water. Follow the directions on the package.
Then, you heat the olive oil over medium heat in a deep skillet (or even Dutch oven, because the greens are hard to fit in), and add the garlic and saute briefly. I have a tendency to burn my garlic so I have to be careful here.
Then add the chopped up greens. If you're using a skillet, you might want to add them in a couple of batches to allow the first batch to cook down a bit and leave room for the next batch. I don't like the greens to get very soft so I don't cook them all that long. Probably somewhere between five and ten minutes. Salt them to taste at some point.
|Cooking greens in two batches|
|Peanut sauce before adding hot water|
I am happy with the protein from the quinoa and peanut sauce in this dish, but I have, on occasion, made this dish with tofu or chicken. You just saute those in the olive oil and garlic before the greens. You need way more oil for tofu than for chicken.
Finally, mix the quinoa and greens in a large bowl. Drizzle the peanut sauce over individual servings. Eat up!