Kale Caramelized Onion and Quinoa Tacos

Tortilla and grilled vegetables - zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, red onions, tomatoes and herbs
These Kale, Caramelized Onion and Quinoa Tacos were adapted from a dish I taught often in cooking classes in New York. They are super simple and always went over really well with students. As far as tacos go, they’re fancy-ish enough for things like dinner parties, and easy enough that they fit perfectly into a hectic weeknight dinner schedule.

KALE, CARAMELIZED ONION AND QUINOA TACOS [VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE]

SERVES

1

COOK TIME

15

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup dry quinoa
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 cups loosely packed kale or swiss chard
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp vegan cheese of choice
  • 2 corn tortillas
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar

PREPARATION

  1. Thinly slice onions. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high until glistening. Add onion and saute until tender, about 7 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 15 minutes more.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Prepare quinoa according to package instructions.
  4. Drape corn tortillas across two wires of an oven rack and bake until crispy, about 8 minutes.
  5. When onion is soft and browned, add garlic and stir 1 minute. Add chard, cover and cook 3 minutes more.
  6. When onion is soft and browned, add garlic and stir 1 minute. Add chard, cover and cook 3 minutes more.
  7. Stir in cooked quinoa, agave, vinegar and red pepper flakes. Remove tortillas from the oven and fill with chard mixture and cheese.

 

2015-10-08T18:11:31+00:00

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