Friday, December 18, 2015

Staff Holiday Recipes - Vegetarian Quinoa and Kale Mix

Having only been on the staff for about a month, Tara Burke is currently the baby of our library family. As such, this is the first time Tara has been roped in to one of our "Meet the Staff" activities (but it surely won't be the last). Tara's recipe is for a delicious sounding vegetarian dish, which will help balance out all of the fatty and junk food that is synonymous with this time of year.

Vegetarian Quinoa and Kale Mix 

  • 1 small/medium butternut squash, diced
  • 1 large leaf of kale, stem removed
  • 1 cup of pomegranate
  • ¼ cup of crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic

  • Prepare Quinoa according to package direction and let cool completely.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, add a few drizzles of olive oil to a saute pan and place over medium heat. Add diced butternut squash and saute until tender, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool.
  • In the same saute pan add a little more olive oil and the kale. Wilt slightly, 1-2 minutes, you want the kale to still be slightly crunchy. Remove from pan and roughly chop. Set aside to also cool.
  • Add all of the cooled ingredients along with the pomegranate, goat cheese, a little salt and a little pepper, and gently mix. 
  • Adding sauteed walnuts to this recipe is also a good option :)

For more seasonal recipes check out one of our holiday cookbooks. The library has a great selection of holiday recipe books that can be found in the nonfiction section both on the main floor and children’s floor. We have a large variety of seasonal reading so also be sure to browse our holiday displays. Happy Holidays!

Posted by Tara Burke, Library Clerk, and Terry Pierson, Library Clerk