One-Pot Kale & Quinoa Pilaf

Recipe Adapted from Deena Pritchep


2 cups salted water
1 cup quinoa
1 bunch kale, washed and chopped into 1" lengths
1 lemon (ideally Meyer), zested and juiced
2 scallions, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil or toasted walnut oil
3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts or walnuts
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
Salt and pepper


Bring the water to a boil in a covered pot. Add the quinoa, cover, and lower the heat until it is just enough to maintain a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes, then top with the kale and re-cover. Simmer another 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow to steam for 5 more minutes.

While the quinoa is cooking, take a large serving bowl and combine half of the lemon juice (reserving the other half), all of the lemon zest, scallions, oil, pine nuts, and goat cheese.

Check the quinoa and kale when the cooking time has completed—the water should have absorbed, and the quinoa will be tender but firm, and the kale tender and bright green. If the quinoa still has a hard white center, you can steam a bit longer (adding more water if needed). 

When the quinoa and kale are done, fluff the pilaf, and tip it into the waiting bowl with the remaining ingredients. 

Toss to combine, seasoning with salt and pepper, and the remaining lemon juice if needed.