Coconut Quinoa Bowl

Coconut Quinoa Bowl Recipe

I'm looking at the photo I'm posting here, and realizing it looks like a good number of quinoa bowls I've posted in the past. But the photo doesn't tell the whole story, so I hope you'll look at it with fresh eyes. What you're looking at is a quirky, unique bowl of quinoa, with a couple of secrets. And the next time you have leftover quinoa (other other favorite grain) give it a try. You toast almonds and coconut in a skillet before adding crushed garlic. Then use the same skillet to flash cook a bit of kale, finishing it off with a dousing of lemon juice. Everything comes together in a bowl with avocado and salted yogurt.

Coconut Quinoa Bowl Coconut Quinoa Bowl

I brought leftovers to the studio, keeping the yogurt and avocado separate until serving. The quinoa mixture was happy in a wide-mouth jar. So, it has the potential to be a good on-the-go option, if you plan a bit. It's the sort of meal you want to have at the ready if something like this runs in the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal and there are boxes to pack :) - many thanks for the highlight Charlotte.

Coconut Quinoa Bowl

I had broccoli de ciccio flowers - or, some sort of broccoli flower -- on my counter, so I finished up with a sprinkling of those. I recognize that it's autumn and not everyone has access to edible flower - so, feel free to skip the pretty....

3 cups cooked quinoa

1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1-2 medium garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

6-7 large kale leaves, destemmed & shredded

1 lemon
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
edible flowers (optional)

Warm the quinoa, if it's not already hot. In the meantime, make the remaining toppings. Start by stirring the salt into the yogurt, before drizzling with the olive oil. Set aside.

In a skillet over medium heat gently toast the almond slices, about half way though, add the coconut flakes to the skillet. Smash the garlic with the salt into a chunky paste, and add that to the skillet as well. Cook until the almonds and coconut are deeply golden, accented with flavor from the garlic. Transfer everything from the skillet to a small bowl, and (when cool enough) give the skillet a quick swipe with a sponge to clean it out. Add a splash of olive oil to that same skillet over medium-high heat, stir in the kale with a pinch of salt, and cook for just a minute, until the kale collapses a bit, and brightens. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice over it, and transfer out of the pan immediately.

To serve, combine half of the almond coconut mixture with the quinoa in a large bowl. You can serve this individually, or family-style. Top the quinoa with the kale, plenty of the salted yogurt, and top with the remaining almond mixture, avocado, and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Serves 4.

Prep time: 5 minutes - Cook time: 10 minutes

If you make this recipe, I'd love to see it - tag it #101cookbooks on Instagram!
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