It’s hard to believe this gorgeous Quinoa With Kale, Peppers, and Poached Egg is so good for you. It’s full of protein and easy to prepare. Come on treat yourself!
Have you tried a grain bowl yet? If not, it’s time you did. They are easily adapted to include whatever protein and veggies you have in the refrigerator. They can be eaten warm or cold for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s incredibly easy to prep them on Sunday to eat clean the entire week. Just pick a grain (quinoa, millet, black rice, kamut or barley) and cook a big batch in the rice cooker. It stores easily and stays fresh for the week. When you are ready, add protein, veggies and maybe even a sauce or nuts to your grain bowl. It’s easy enough for a weeknight and can be assembled in five minutes. Now that’s a quick dinner.
Personally, I love a grain bowl in the mornings, especially when it’s topped with a poached egg. It keeps me full until lunch and gives me the energy to get through the most productive part of my day.
Quinoa With Kale, Peppers, and Poached Egg
The poached egg is seriously underappreciated. Most people avoid it because it takes so “long” to make. I’m here to tell you that’s just not true. It takes 4 minutes to get the best poached egg ever. Look at the way that creamy, perfectly cooked yolk runs out. It makes a super delicious sauce for this Quinoa With Kale, Peppers, and Poached Egg. Trust me, when you mix all this goodness up in the bowl it’s delicious. There are few key steps to making the perfect poached egg…
- Boil 3 cups or so of water in a pot.
- When boiling, add a tsp. of vinegar to the water and turn the temperature down to medium-low (simmering).
- Crack an egg into a small bowl.
- Make a whirlpool in your pot by stir around the sides of the pot with a wooden spoon.
- While the water is spinning, add the egg gently into the middle. The spinning water helps to wrap the whites around the yolk.
- Set timer for three minutes and walk away.
- After three minutes, remove egg with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined dish. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
It’s not hard at all, I promise. You may find yourself making a big batch of these and putting them in your fridge. They are great for topping all sorts of goodies like…
- sautéed greens
- on an avocado
- on a pizza
- on a baked sweet potato
- on top of any roasted vegetable: Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus
Give this healthy grain bowl of Quinoa With Kale, Peppers, and Poached Egg a chance and I promise you will get hooked!
Note from TheFitBlog: We LOVED this recipe. To get a little more protein, we added shredded chicken breast to the grain bowl and it worked perfectly with the poached egg.
It's hard to believe this gorgeous Quinoa With Kale, Peppers, and Poached Egg is so good for you. It's full of protein and easy to prepare.
- ½ cup (90 g) cooked quinoa
- 2 cups (130 g) kale, ribs removed and chopped
- juice of ½ lemon
- 5-8 small peppers, diced
- ½ tbsp. olive oil
- 1 poached egg (see detailed directions above)
- Avocado and lemon for garnish (optional)
Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil.
Add peppers to the pan and sauté for about 3 minutes.
Add the kale to the peppers. Continue to stir until the kale wilts and peppers brown a bit. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
Prepare poached egg.
Heat three cups of water in a pot to boiling.
Add 1 tsp. vinegar.
Swirl water around the sides with a wooden spoon making a whirlpool.
Reduce heat to medium- low (still simmering).
Crack the egg into a small bowl, and then add gently to the middle of the whirlpool.
Set timer for three minutes.
Put quinoa in a bowl and top with a squeeze of lemon. Top with kale and peppers.
When the egg is done, drain it on a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
Top the quinoa bowl with the egg and garnish with avocado and lemon slices.
Enjoy the goodness.
Karen Kelly is the recipe creator over at Seasonal Cravings. She enjoys creating healthy dishes that busy families can get on the table fast. She lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children. Follow her on Pinterest for daily cooking inspiration.
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