Spicy kimchi quinoa bowls. Best. Meal. EVER.
I’ve been kind of loving kimchi lately. It’s spicy, tangy, sour and has a slightly wacky flavor that surprises my taste buds every time. And I love that each batch is just a tiny bit different. If you’re not familiar with kimchi, it’s a traditional Korean side dish that’s made from a variety of fermented veggies typically seasoned to be spicy. The main ingredient is usually napa cabbage – and I’m using usually as a fairly loose term because it can really be made with any vegetables that you like.
While I haven’t personally made my own kimchi yet, I know that it’s not hard to make at home. That’s on my list next because a little jar at my grocery store is pretty darn expensive.
This recipe makes a great lunch or an easy dinner. You can whip it up in less than 15 minutes or reheat when you get to the office. It’s filled with protein, fiber, greens and good bacteria, so you’ll feel full, healthy and your tummy will be smiling. And if eggs aren’t your thing, just swap them out for your favorite lean protein – chicken, shrimp, tofu and chickpeas would also be a lovely choice.
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
- 1 cup kimchi, chopped
- 2 teaspoons kimchi “juice” (the liquid from the jar)
- 2 teaspoons gluten-free tamari
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
- 2 cups kale, finely chopped
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup sliced green onions for garnish (optional)
- Fresh ground pepper for garnish (optional)
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic and saute for 30 – 60 seconds until fragrant. Add the quinoa and kimchi and cook until hot, about 2 – 3 minutes. Stir in kimchi juice, tamari and hot sauce if using. Turn to low and stir occasionally while you prepare the other ingredients.
- In a separate skillet, cook the eggs on low until the whites have cooked through but the yolks are still runny, about 3 – 5 minutes.
You can find complete recipes of this Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls in simplyquinoa.com