Sprouted Quinoa with Garlicky Kale, Tomatoes and Toasted Pine Nuts – Gluten-free + Vegan

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Sprouted Quinoa with Garlicky Kale, Tomatoes and Pine Nuts - Gluten-free + Vegan

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Being that it is a short week here with Labor Day being on Monday, it has been a busy couple of days over here. I have had a lot of different projects and tasks on my plate this week, so I have been a busy little lady. I have some really fun guest posts coming up that I have been working on and I cannot wait till they are live so I can share them with you.

I made this delicious quinoa dish for dinner last night as a nice way to highlight the delicious kale and tomato berries from our CSA share from Porter Farms. Each week the farm sends an informative newsletter with the shares, it always contains a list of all of the items you are receiving, plus some updates on the farm, their crops, how the weather is affecting them, storage tips and a recipe! This week’s recipe was for a whole wheat pasta dish that sounded quite tasty to me, but I had made a pasta a few days prior and I was really in the mood for quinoa, so I changed the recipe and adapted it to work for some delicious sprouted quinoa I had in the pantry.

Sprouted Quinoa with Garlicky Kale, Tomatoes and Pine Nuts - Gluten-free + Vegan

This quinoa dish (I suppose it could be called a salad, but I served it warm and it seems like so much more than a salad), was absolutely incredible. The flavor from the garlic and red onion with the nutty flavor from the quinoa and of course, the toasted pine nuts, plus the bursts of flavor from the tomato berries and the star of the show, kale. Oh my! I have to mention that the kale from Porter Farms is hands-down THE very best kale I have ever eaten. It was tender and full of flavor, but not too bitter as kale can sometimes be. I am not sure what it was about it, but it was just better than any I have ever eaten. It was perfection. I honestly get so excited about the food I get from our local farmers, nothing makes me happier than to know that the money I spend with them goes directly to them, there is no middle man, no grocery store, it is just going to support their crops, pay their workers, etc. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen the post I put up this past Saturday after I picked up my CSA and went to the farmers market, but if you didn’t it is worth repeating:

SUPPORT LOCAL!! For less than $40 I just brought home a huge haul from our CSA and the farmers market this morning that included: watermelons, beets, red onions, Roma tomatoes, regular tomatoes, tomato berries, green and purple bell peppers, poblano peppers, cubanelle peppers, kale, zucchini, corn, pears, eggplant, basil, cilantro, brown eggs, sweet onions & scallions.

Can you even believe all that?

Do you belong to a CSA or go to your farmers market?


Sprouted Quinoa with Garlicky Kale, Tomatoes and Pine Nuts - Gluten-free + Vegan

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1 Jeanette September 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm

This looks and sounds fantastic – I love everything about this dish. I belong to a CSA and also shop at our local farmer’s market. There’s nothing better than farm fresh produce – everything is so much better…crisper, sweeter, juicier.

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2 Raechel @the rebel grrrl kitchen September 5, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Oh my gosh! I want this in my belly immediately!

We were super close to getting a CSA this year, but decided against it because we love going to the farmer’s market so much. We did happen to end up getting three CSA boxes from friends who were out of town, and we loved it, but honestly, some of the food went to waste. We just couldn’t use it fast enough and/or there were some things we just didn’t like. : ( So I think we’ll stick with the farmer’s market!

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3 Colleen McCarthy-Sequeira September 7, 2012 at 1:57 am

I would like to “pin” this yummy looking recipe to “Pinterest”. Do you know how to add the little red pin to your blog?

It looks really yummy! I just discovered your blog a few minutes ago! Looks awesome!

R U a Celiac? Gluten Intolerant?

Colleen

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4 Colleen McCarthy-Sequeira September 7, 2012 at 2:01 am

Yummy Looking!!!

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5 Hails September 7, 2012 at 6:05 am

Beth, I’m in love with your blog! I made this for tea tonight and it was to die for! I usually make at least one dish from your blog every week and so far every recipe I have tried is amazing.
Thanks for your amazing inspiration,

Hails, New Zealand x

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