Today's Buzzfeed Week of Cheap Vegan Eats Challenge has me making Loaded Vegan Pesto Pizza. Since my Trader Joe's was out of pizza dough I experimented with a gluten free quinoa crust which was the highlight!
Although I love broccoli and kale I did not enjoy them in pesto. It was bitter. I ended up topping my pizza with a spicy seasoning salt but was still searching for another way to tone down the bitter kale. The tomato version was better, the sweetness of the tomatoes definitely helped!
I've been working my way through the Engine 2 diet book with not a lot of love. The recipes take a little to get used to and I'm used to cooking crazy stuff like olive oil or coconut oil or seasonings!... the premise of the diet eliminates oil but why the lack of seasoning, I don't know. Just when I was about to give in this kale recipe was a pleasant surprise! The apple cider vinegar added a great tart flavor, but I added pepper and seasoning salt. For leftovers I layered this and baked in the oven in a cast iron skillet to mix it up.
Red Beans over Quinoa with Kale Engine 2 Diet page 178
4 3/4 C water
2 C quinoa, rinsed in a mesh sieve
1 onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 clove garlic, minced
2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 bunch kale, rinsed and coarsely chopped
For Cooking Quinoa:
Bring 3/4 cups of the water to a boil.
Add the rinsed quinoa, stir once, and cover.
Cook on medium heat for 25 minutes. If any water remains, cook uncovered for a few minutes longer.
The quinoa should not be soggy. Remove from heat, and let the quinoa sit covered for 10 minutes. Fluff gently with a fork.
For Kidney Beans:
Saute' the onion and bay leaves on medium heat in a sprayed saucepan for 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent.
Add the garlic and bell peppers, and cook for 5 minutes, until the peppers soften.
Add the thyme, vinegar, beans, and remaining 1 cup of water, and cook on low heat for 5 minutes, until broth thickens.
You can speed this process by mashing the beans a few times with a potato masher.
For Cooking Kale:
Place coarsely chopped kale with 1/4 cup of water in a large covered pot on medium heat.
Cook the greens for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until wilted and tender.
Serve on a plate with each ingredient nestled side by side.
is the smallest kitchen ever. We used to watch those decorating shows that said they were doing small kitchens and then could see that 4 of my kitchens would fit in their "small kitchens".