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Kale and Quinoa Pilaf, Left Over

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As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.

Today: Food52's Assistant Editor Marian Bull lauds the leftover potential of one of Food52's most popular dinner recipes.

Kale and Quinoa Pilaf

Kale and Quinoa Pilaf, you saucy minx. You arrive all buttoned up, announcing yourself like a Very Healthy Recipe, and then you show your true colors: salty feta, lush pine nuts, and a quick tang of vinegar to keep everything in line. 

If there were a Food52 Hall of Fame, Kale and Quinoa Pilaf might be the Michael Jordan. Or at least the Wayne Gretzky. Make it in one pot, laud its healthiness, add enough fat and salt to make it satisfying, and then revisit your leftovers with joy the next day at work. Take pride in your lunch. Bring a real fork to the office. You're worth it.

More dinners that make great next-day lunches:
Roasted Carrot Soup
Eggplant Curry

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Tags: Kale, Quinoa, Leftovers, Lunch, Back to School, One-Pot Wonders, Not Sad Desk Lunch