Creamy portobello and kale quinoa bake (giveaway!)

Creamy portobello and kale quinoa bake - beautifully creamy but still packed with nutrients!

Remember that beautiful cookbook I featured a few months ago, Delicious Probiotic Drinks by Julia Mueller of The Roasted Root? Well, the lovely Julia has only gone and done it again, with her new book, Let Them Eat Kale! Which is pretty much the best cookbook title ever, by the way. I’m already envisioning a whole series of books titled with kale-based puns (I’m thinking ‘Have Your Kale and Eat It’ will be next, perhaps followed by ‘That Takes The Kale’ and maybe ‘I Love You Like a Fat Kid Loves Kale’).

Let them eat kale cookbook

Anyway, since I love you guys so much, and Julia loves you all too, we thought it was only fair that we let one of you take home your very own copy! And she’s even generously allowing me to share one of the recipes from the book for you today.

Creamy portobello and kale quinoa bake - beautifully creamy but still packed with nutrients!

Here’s a small confession: this was the first time I’d ever cooked with kale (I know, scandalous). It’s pretty much the trendiest superfood there is these days, but it seems to be less prevalent in the UK than in the US, so it’s just not something I’ve ever thought to try. Let’s be honest, superfoods aren’t always the tastiest thing on the planet. But, considering the fact that kale is absolutely packed (and I mean packed) with vitamins K, A and C, along with many, many other good things, I welcomed the opportunity to give it a go.

Well, it turns out kale is a bit like quinoa – stupidly healthy and nutritious, but absolutely delicious at the same time. Who knew! (apart from Julia, obviously…)

Creamy portobello and kale quinoa bake - beautifully creamy but still packed with nutrients!

There were a million recipes in Let Them Eat Kale! that I was seriously tempted to feature today: savoury cheesy kale pancakes; superfood breakfast tacos; southwest stuffed bell peppers; zucchini, kale and leek fritters; BBQ black bean, kale and sweet potato burgers… I literally created shopping list after shopping list because I kept finding something I wanted even more and started over again.

Eventually (eeeeeveeeentually), I settled on this creamy portobello and kale quinoa bake – because what better way to introduce myself to kale than with a recipe that contains ricotta, cream, parmesan and mozzarella?

Creamy portobello and kale quinoa bake - beautifully creamy but still packed with nutrients!

Despite how it might sound, this dish isn’t overwhelmingly rich – there are plenty of vegetables, as well as juicy chopped tomatoes, to stop it being entirely dairy. It ends up beautifully creamy, but still tasting nutritious.

I did make a few small changes to the recipe – since kale is less popular in the UK, I couldn’t get my hands on the dino kale that Julia recommends, so I used curly kale instead, which worked just fine. I also adapted it to the British format, since that’s the way we do things round here – if you’d like the American format, you’ll just have to buy the book (or try and win one below!).

Creamy portobello and kale quinoa bake - beautifully creamy but still packed with nutrients!

So, who’d like a copy of this awesome cookbook? It’s not 100% vegetarian, but there are a lot of veggie recipes in here – in my opinion, way more than you’d find in most cookbooks. And of course, even the meaty recipes can be adapted to be vegetarian if you wish! All of the recipes are also gluten-free!

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Creamy portobello and kale quinoa bake
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Recipe type: Main meal
Yield: 6
  • 300g quinoa
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 portobellos, sliced
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 75g curly kale
  • 100ml single cream
  • 125g ricotta cheese
  • 50g vegetarian parmesan-style cheese, grated
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 150g grated cheese (I used a mozzarella and cheddar mix)
  1. Boil the quinoa in a pan of water, according to the instructions on the packet (around 15 minutes). The quinoa is cooked when it is soft and the spiral-shaped germ has detached. Drain off any excess water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large pan, and add the onion. Cook for a few minutes over a medium heat, and then add the garlic and portobellos. Cook for a further 5 minutes, until the mushrooms are soft.
  3. Add the thyme and chopped tomatoes, and bring to a gentle simmer. Leave to cook until any excess liquid has evaporated - around 15 minutes.
  4. Heat the oven to 200°C (Gas Mark 6 / 400°F).
  5. Add the kale, and cook for a further 5 minutes until it has wilted fully.
  6. When the quinoa is cooked, add the cream, ricotta and parmesan, along with plenty of seasoning. Mix well until the cheese has melted.
  7. Combine the quinoa mixture with the vegetable mixture, and mix well. Transfer to a large casserole dish, and top with the grated cheese. Bake for around 15 minutes, until the cheese is crispy.

Creamy portobello and kale quinoa bake - beautifully creamy but still packed with nutrients!


  1. says

    Oh my gosh, your pictures turned out MARVELOUSLY! That was not an easy recipe to photograph and you did so with flying colors! I’m so happy you enjoyed the quinoa bake! It’s definitely a nice comforting dish and covers all the nutritional bases. Plus: cheese? Don’t mind if I do ;)

    Thank you so much for reviewing my cookbook and for your sweet words! I’m so happy you like it and am glad you’ve now been formally introduced to kale!!

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  2. says

    Really love your photos, Becca! You definitely have a way with cheese. :)

    I’ve been trying a few more kale recipes lately as we have a ton of it growing in the garden. Julia has such great recipe ideas and I bet her cookbook is chock full of amazing kale dishes to try. I’d love to get my hands on a copy. :)
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  3. Radhika Gooptu says

    Such a beautiful and hearty recipe with simple ingredients.
    I’m substituting spinach with kale since we don’t get that here. Tasty Veg dishes are hard to find. Defnitely going tomake this. Looks gourmet too!

  4. says

    You’re right, it’s probably not easy to buy kale. We grow it, so I’ve never had to look. It’s a wonderful veg but I didn’t know it was any better for you than cabbage.

  5. says

    Great name for a cook book! I’ve only really cooked with kale one, I put it in a veggie lasagne. But as I’m feeding a newborn I need plenty of iron and protein so this is a great recipe for me! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Elen says

    I’m trying this over the weekend! Never had quinoa or kale before, but what better way to try them than with cheese and mushrooms?

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