This healthy kale quinoa stir-fry is perfect for any meal of the day and is packed full of protein, fibre, and healthy fats!
This dish came together on a whim! I had a bunch of kale I needed to use up, and I already had some cooked quinoa in the fridge. Quinoa is something I always try to have on hand – it makes it so easy to toss a quick meal together. I decided to add some beans as well – I went with black beans for this bowl! But you can use whatever beans you have in your cupboards. Beans are such a great staple to have in your kitchen and it’s packed full of protein and fibre.
This meal is super easy to make. You can whip this up in about 10 minutes, provided you’ve already prepped your quinoa. I love easy dinner recipes like this, especially for those times when you get home late and you just don’t have the energy to cook something extravagant, but you still want to eat healthy. What’s great about this dish is that it’s pretty versatile. You can swap the kale for spinach or broccoli, add some leftover roasted chicken or tofu in place of fried eggs, or use brown rice in place of quinoa.
It’s no secret that one of my favourite green veggies is kale. I love how this superfood adds a hearty meaty texture to any meal. I use it often in my green smoothies and I’m all about the kale salad, like my Apple Bacon and Kale Salad and Butternut Squash Kale Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing both of which are perfect salads for fall.
If you’re hooked on kale salad and looking for a new way to incorporate this leafy green into your diet other than salad, this dish is a great idea. Even I forget sometimes that there’s more to kale than meets the SALAD! You can toss it into any stir-fry, soup, sautée it, steam it, bake it aka “kale chips” it really is super versatile. Steamed kale is so yummy and juicy, and much more easier to digest for some people than raw kale. So if you’ve been shying away from raw kale because of this, I think you’re gonna love it once you add a little heat to it!
The best part about this meal is that you can make it part of your meal prep. Make a big batch of the kale and quinoa mixture, keep it in the fridge, reheat, and just fry up an egg whenever you’re ready for lunch or dinner.