Quick Eats: KISS

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Previously on Quick Eats…

Where were we… right, healthy, tasty meals in under 30 minutes.  Not impossible!

One of the key things to making quick meals is keeping them simple.  Many friends I talk to say that they can’t cook, or don’t know how to cook.  I call BS.  Cooking your own food does not have to be fancy!  Most nights I can be satisfied without a gourmet, multi-course meal.

Just think of maybe 3 things you’re in the mood for, and experiment with how to combine them.  Scary at first? Yes.  But that’s how you get started.  You’ll have some fails, and some really ugly concoctions, but you do get the hang of it eventually.

For today’s Quick Eats meal, we are going to keep it simple, stupid! (or sweetheart/sweetie, if you’re offended by the word stupid.  but calling people sweetie isn’t really my thing.

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What’s in it:

  • plain quinoa
  • sautéed kale and mushrooms

How it came together:

  • as soon as you get home: START YOUR QUINOA! rinse, measure, toast, boil, turn to simmer, and set a timer for 15 minutes.  (Now you can unpack, relax, whatever it is you would normally do when you get home)
  • rinse and chop your kale into bite-sized pieces. take out your desired amount of mushrooms.
  • grab some coconut oil (or cooking oil of choice) and a small pan.
  • when your quinoa timer goes off, turn the stove off.  set the timer for another 5 minutes and let the quinoa sit covered.
  • heat a few table spoons of water in the pan until it starts to bubble.  add kale, toss until every leaf has turned a dark green color.
  • add about 1T coconut oil and toss.
  • add mushrooms, and cook until mushrooms are slightly tender, stirring just a bit. (about 2 minutes, or until your quinoa timer goes off). turn off your stove.
  • fluff your quinoa with a fork. plate desired amount.
  • plate your greens ‘n shrooms.
  • top with whatever you like – I suggest hot sauce, soy sauce or amines, nutritional yeast, cheese if you eat it – whatever you’re in the mood for!
  • EAT.

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BAM.  I chose to top with nutritional yeast and some tamari sauce (lower sodium, gluten-free soy sauce).  Simple, comforting, filling.  It’s naturally vegan and gluten-free, and came together in 20 minutes.

[[and you’ll have extra quinoa for the next few days!]]

Healthy + quick = possible. (how’s that for math…)  Just keep practicing!

Tell me about the first time you made dinner for yourself – what did you make?

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6 thoughts on “Quick Eats: KISS

  1. Abi

    Hi Rachel, your meal looks delicious like usual but I have a question for you. It could be my ignorance talking but you’re very health conscious so I was interested in your choice regarding the coconut oil. Namely why do you prefer it over olive oil or other oils? It was my impression that coconut oil was over 90% saturated fat with little to no nutrients (protein, vitamins etc.)A nutritionist once told me that it only takes only 4 tsp of coconut oil to exceed the recommended daily allowance of sat. fat, meaning it’s really bad for cholesterol etc. In terms of numbers it sounds worse than using plain old butter (~60% saturated fat, but also contains some aspects of nutrients) and it sounds way worse than olive oil, which I honestly think tastes better too. So I’m wondering if you (or anyone who feels like chipping in) could explain the coconut oil fad to me, is there something I’m missing that would negate some of the negatives or make all of this worth it? Thanks.
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    1. Rachel Post author

      Thanks for this Abi! Basically there is a huge debate about whether coconut oil is bad or good for you, but the latest research suggest that it’s not all about the numbers when it comes to saturated fat. Supposedly, the type of saturated fat in coconut oil has been shown to raise good HDL cholesterol. But none of these things have been proven in major medical studies, so it’s all to be taken with a grain of salt. I just happen to really like the taste of coconut oil, and prefer it to butter (and I tend to avoid dairy in general for a number of reasons). The only other benefit of virgin coconut oil is that it has a higher smoke point than other oils, including olive oil. Otherwise, just use whatever you think tastes better. Oil is still a calorie-rich food, and of course should be used in moderation in any form. There is so much conflicting research and so many articles out there that in the end it’s really about personal preference.

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  2. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Love this!! Quinoa is my go-to grain since I’m NEVER patient enough to wait for rice to cook! And seriously, greens and mushrooms are the best…and nooch, a MUST! Though I would have topped it with a fried egg…since I’m STILL obsessed with them! 😉
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