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EASY MEALS 03 – SAVORY QUINOA BOWL.

EASY MEALS 03 – SAVORY QUINOA BOWL.

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IMG_2365 IMG_2374 IMG_2380IMG_2392 IMG_2396 IMG_2401 IMG_2406 IMG_2427IMG_2435 IMG_2445 IMG_2448 IMG_2456IMG_2469IMG_2474I’m sure you’re probably thinking, “Wow, this girl realllllly loves her eggs, cheese, quinoa, and greens.” In all honesty, the truth is that yes, most of my homecooked meals are just variations of combinations and flavors, with many of the same ingredients – for a number of reasons. 1. My palate tends to crave the same things just with different methods of preparation, 2. I know these ingredients are good for me, and 3. It makes grocery shopping easy. I’ve been experimenting with this one for a little bit now, and I’ve come across a few variations that work really well.

A couple things to note:
1. This works really well with Kale or Arugula (kale is flash-fried, Arugula is not).
2. You can either keep the bacon separate or dice it, cook it, and toss it into the pan with the other ingredients.
3. If you like tomatoes or spicy food, this recipe is also great with cherry tomatoes and aleppo pepper.

INGREDIENTS:
+ quinoa
+ kale or arugula
+ parmesan cheese
+ bacon or turkey bacon
+ 1-2 eggs
+ garlic
+ green onions
+ 1 tsp red wine vinegar
+ salt

MAKE IT:
1. Prepare your quinoa. Again, I make mine 2:1. 2 cups water, 1 cup quinoa. Bring it to a boil then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 12 minutes.

2. Prepare your bacon. If you’re dicing it, it is important to dice and cook until crispy first, then set aside and toss back into the pan with the other ingredients once it’s time.

3. If you’re using kale, coat your pan with olive oil and turn the heat on high. Once the pan is hot, toss the kale onto it and flash fry it until it’s crispy, add a pinch of salt. If you’re using arugula, don’t cook it, just toss it into the pan with the other ingredients when they’re hot and the leaves will soften/wilt naturally from the heat.

4. Once your kale is crispy, turn the heat down to medium and toss in the diced garlic and green onions for about 30 seconds until you smell them cooking.

5. Add quinoa to the pan and cook for about 1 minute.

6. Add red wine vinegar, turn off the heat, and continue to toss to combine the ingredients (now would be the time to add the arugula and diced crispy bacon, should you decide to go that route).

7. Transfer cooked ingredients to a bowl and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top so that it settles in with the heat of the food.

8. Pan fry your egg(s). I place my eggs on the pan with high heat so the bottom gets crispy. Then when the bottom is brown I turn it down to medium heat and let it sit uncovered until the whites are fully cooked while the yolk is still runny.

9. Place your eggs on top of the concoction, and enjoy!

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