Even though other ancient grains and greens have moved in on their turf (we’re looking at you freekeh and beet greens), kale and quinoa are still two of the trendiest foods around. We couldn’t be happier, since kale and quinoa are also exceptionally nutrient-rich. Add shiitake mushrooms (fabulous for your immune system!) and it’s like the Three Musketeers for your health. If you’re wary of anything that’s called “cake” and is made with 100% healthy ingredients, fear not: This cake-shaped creation is a savory sensation that’s sure to surprise everyone at the table with its winning flavors.
Developed by Sara Quessenberry for Cleveland Clinic Wellness
Heat the oven to 375°F. Coat a 9-inch springform cake pan with oil.
In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Add the quinoa, reduce the heat to low, cover tightly, and cook until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork, and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes more. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool.
Tear the kales leaves into small pieces (you should get about 12 cups) and discard the stems.
In a large pot, bring 1 cup water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the kale, cover tightly, and let steam 5 to 6 minutes, stirring half way through, until wilted and tender. Transfer to a colander. Pass the kale under cold water to cool then squeeze out all of the water. Chop the kale. Note: You can also use a steamer to cook the kale.
Wipe out the pot and return it to medium-high heat. Heat the oil and add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the thyme.
Add the kale, mushrooms, Parmesan, salt, and pepper to the quinoa and stir well to combine. In a small bowl, beat together the eggs. Pour into the quinoa mixture and stir well to combine.
Pour the quinoa mixture into the prepared pan and press firmly. Bake until set and browned around the edges, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before unmolding and slicing.
Nutrition Info Per Serving: 159 calories, 9 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 trans fat, 8 g protein, 14 g carbohydrate, 2 g dietary fiber, 1 g sugar, 1 g added sugar, 68 mg cholesterol, 393 mg sodium