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Healthy Quinoa & Rice Bowl With Kale, Kimchi, & Egg

Absolutely delicious and one of my all-time favorites! Easy, healthful and infinitely adaptable, grain bowls are equally ideal for feeding a family (picky eaters can build it to suit their own tastes) and using up leftovers in the fridge. You could also cook up the ingredients at the beginning of the week, and mix and match ingredients at will as the week progresses.

Try brown rice, quinoa, kamut, farro, freekeh, wheat berries, barley and grits for the grain (this recipe calls for mixing brown rice and quinoa for a nice variety of textures, but feel free to use just one or the other).

Put your grains in a large bowl, then arrange small piles of vegetables, protein and something pickled or spicy over the grains.

Top with a sauce that brings together all the ingredients in the bowl. Crunch β€” here, sesame seed and dried seaweed β€” is a nice finishing touch.

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β…” cup brown rice
β…” cup uncooked red or white quinoa, well rinsed
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
4 teaspoons finely chopped peeled ginger
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
ΒΌ cup peanut oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 8-ounce bunch kale, thick ribs removed, leaves torn into large pieces
4 large eggs
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
1 cup coarsely chopped kimchi, or to taste
Salt, as needed
Sliced scallions, for serving
Sesame seeds, for serving
Crumbled dried seaweed snack sheets, for serving

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1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil and add rice. Let cook for 30 minutes, then drain. Return rice to the empty pot, cover with lid and let rice rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, bring 2 cups of salted water to a boil in a small pot and add the quinoa. Cover pot and let simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let rest, covered, for 5 minutes longer. Fluff both grains with a fork.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, ginger, vinegar and salt to taste. Whisk in peanut and sesame oils.

3. Place a steamer basket in a large pot filled with an inch or two of water. Place kale in basket. Cover pot and cook over medium heat until kale is tender, about 7 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, bring a medium pot filled with water to a boil. Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower eggs into water; boil 6 minutes. Transfer eggs immediately to a bowl of ice water to cool.

5. Combine 1/2 cup quinoa and 1/2 cup rice in each of four bowls. Divide the kale among the bowls, mounding it on top of the rice. Arrange avocado slices next to the kale. Peel eggs and cut in half; place two halves on top of each bowl. Sprinkle each bowl with kimchi, scallion, sesame and seaweed. Spoon soy-ginger dressing over bowls.

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546 calories

30 grams fat
6 grams saturated fat
0 grams trans fat
14 grams monounsaturated fat
8 grams polyunsaturated fat
55 grams carbohydrates
10 grams dietary fiber
2 grams sugars
17 grams protein
658 milligrams sodium

Recipe: NY Times Cooking. Melissa Clark

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