Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lemon Tahini Bok Choy with Quinoa

Here it is, up close in the pan!

And then on to the plate with quinoa!  This is a super quick 20 minute meal that has simple ingredients you might have on hand.  This is my own recipe but I was inspired by a "quinoa bowl" from "Get it Ripe".  The recipe didn't have much of a sauce, so I decided to do an intervention of sorts :)

Lemon Tahini Bok Choy with Quinoa (Serves 4)

1 large stalk of Organic Bok Choy, washed and chopped (chiffonade the dark green part)
1 can of Eden Organic Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup organic quinoa, rinsed
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 large clove of garlic, pressed or finely diced
2 tbsp low sodium Organic Tamari (I use San-J brand)
2 tbsp raw tahini butter (I use Artisana brand)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1-2 tbsp Unhulled sesame seeds (to garnish)
1/4 tsp or more of cayenne pepper (optional, if you want to give it a kick)
3/4-1 cup water

1. Put rinsed quinoa in a pot with two cups of water and bring to a boil.  While you are waiting on the pot to boil, heat a large non stick pan to medium heat and add onions.  Sautee with water until translucent. 

3. To your pan, add garlic and sautee adding small amounts of water for about 2 more minutes.  Turn the heat down to a low simmer on the quinoa once it is boiling and cover.

3. Add tahini butter, water, tamari and optional cayenne pepper to the pan and move it around until mixed.  You could also mix the tahini, tamari and water in a bowl first, but why dirty an extra bowl? :-)

4. Put your chopped Bok Choy into the pan, turn the heat down to low or simmer, and cover with a lid until the Bok Choy is slightly wilted and bright green.  Give it an occasional stir while you are waiting for it to wilt.  This should not take more than 5 minutes, so keep an eye on it and don't over cook!  You want the bok choy to be crispy, not mushy.   Dump the beans in and give it a good stir to coat with the sauce.  Uncover and allow to simmer on the lowest possible heat setting until quinoa is done.

5. When the quinoa is done, you can squeeze the lemon juice over the Bok Choy and beans and give it another stir.  Serve with unhulled sesame seeds sprinkled over the top.

If you follow this recipe and something is not clear, please let me know in the comments section so I can edit it!!  It makes sense to me, but I realize someone else may interpret things differently :)

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