Tuscan Quinoa & Kale with Broccoli

Delicious and nourishing with all the flavours of a good Italian pasta sauce loaded with vegetables and using quinoa as the whole grain and a great source of plant-based protein.  Spice it up and swap out greens, herbs and vegetables as the seasons change.

  • Serves 4
  • Cooks in 20 - 25 mins
  • Prep time 10 mins
  • High Fibre

    High fibre foods are an important part of a healthy digestive system. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are high in fibre.

  • Anti Oxidants

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  • Heart Healthy

    Heart Healthy recipes have lots of whole grains, fruits & vegetables. A diet rich in plant foods, low in refined fatty foods can help lower cholesterol.

  • Plant Protein

    Recipes with plant protein-rich ingredients.  Examples of plant-based high protein foods include; quinoa, teff, millet, wild rice, oats, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum, wheat, nuts, seeds, hemp seeds, peas, beans, lentils, legumes, soy, tofu & tempeh, broccoli, brussels, spinach, kale, mushrooms, nutritional yeast.


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  • 2 tsp water | olive oil
  • 1 onion - finely diced
  • 1 celery stalks - finely diced
  • 1 carrot - finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves - finely chop
  • ½ cup parsley - finely chop
  • ½ - 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup quinoa - rinse well
  • 1 can 14oz |411g tomatoes - crushed
  • 2 cups water | broth | stock
  • 2 tsp oregano | Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp salt | dulse + pepper
  • 3 cups kale - diced
  • 1 head broccoli - cut in florets
  • Fresh Herbs to garnish*
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Tuscan Quinoa & Kale with Broccoli


WASH & CHOP all your vegetables.


SAUTE onion, garlic, celery, parsley, chilli flakes for 4mins – stir often until lightly golden.


ADD tomato paste, cook stirring for 1 min.


ADD rinsed quinoa, crushed tomatoes, herbs, water | broth.  Put lid-on simmer on low for 15mins – stir occasionally.


LIQUID will be absorbed and the quinoa tender creating a thick stew style consistency. If it feels too thick, add a splash of water or if too watery reduce a little longer with lid-off, stirring a few times.  Turn off heat. TASTE add & adjust seasoning. 


STIR IN KALE. Place the lid back on the residual heat will gently cook the kale for a few mins while the broccoli steams.


STEAM the broccoli in a steamer pot set up for 3 mins or until cooked to your liking and set aside.


SERVE – plate quinoa in bowls, top with steamed broccoli and garnish with fresh herbs. 


with sourdough or Gluten-Free Body Balance Bread toasted.
with parmesan, cashew parmesan, Spinach & Basil Pesto.
topped with any steamed greens or roasted vegetables or Grilled Mushrooms.
accompanied with a Green Salad. 

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THERAPEUTIC DIETS – Adapt the recipe and ingredients according to your healthcare provider.
Please remember to read food ingredient labels.


OIL-SALT-SUGAR FREE DIET – you can easily make this by using water instead of oil to saute + dulse in place of salt.


TOMATOES –  use 1 ¾ cups or 1 can of crushed tomatoes.  Fresh tomatoes use 2 cups grated, blended or finely diced.


SPICE IT UP add more chilli to taste or make it more eastern or Indian flavoured with cumin, coriander, curry, cardamom.


*FRESH HERBS use basil, parsley, chives, oregano, rosemary – finely chopped.


SWAP KALE for Swiss Chard, spinach, dandelion greens, bok choy, stirfry greens, turnip greens, good king henry, nettles.

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