Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Southwestern Quinoa & Roasted Sweet Potatoes--WOW!

Excuse me for tooting my own horn here, but WOW! This dish is fabulous! I'll be honest...I was craving pizza, but went to my pantry instead. Tonight I decided that I should cook up some quinoa with roasted sweet potatoes. I really hope you give this meal a try! Quinoa (pronounced Keen-Wa) is a popular grain in South America, and is just beginning to gain popularity here in the U.S. Quinoa is gluten free, and loaded with nutrition. A simple 1/4 cup of quinoa packs in 3 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein! Plus, it cooks in 15 minutes! This delicious grain is similar in taste to rice or cous cous, but far more superior in nutrition. Give quinoa a taste! Check out Bob's Red Mill at http://www.bobsredmill.com/ for more information. Many grocery stores are carrying quinoa now, but if not--ask! It never hurts to ask them to start purchasing items you are interested in buying. Enjoy!

Southwestern Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Serves 1 with Leftovers
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 ts cumin
1/2 cup cilantro
2 sweet potatoes, peel & slice into 1/2" rounds
2 Tb olive oil
1 lime
Salt to taste
Preheat oven to 400*F. On a baking sheet spread out sweet potatoes. Coat them with oil and toss. Bake for 15 minutes or until fork tender. Place water and cumin in a soup pot and bring to a
boil. Add quinoa, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Add cilantro (reserving a couple for the top), 1/2 lime juiced, and season with salt. Place on a plate and top with roasted sweet potatoes. Squeeze remaining lime over top and add a splash of color with remaining cumin. Enjoy!
Suggested Additions:
1 can pinto or black beans, drained and rinsed
1 chicken breast, grilled and sliced over top
1 Mexican Beer to sip & enjoy life with!


Allison said...

Looks yummy Wendy! I have Quinoa in the pantry and just love sweet potatoes. Can't wait to make it! Thanks for another quick and healthy menu idea!

robinplotkin said...

Gorgeous! Inspired me to buy some quinoa--thanks WJP!