Sweet Potato Quinoa with Broccoli and Sautéed Onions

 

Who doesn’t love something with sweet potatoes? I know I have raved about how delicious they are since I learned how to make sweet potato fries in the oven. Why my mother hid this from us for so long I am unsure.

My sister is even on the sweet potato band wagon (she also loves hummus!). When I pinned a recipe for a cheesy vegan quinoa, she sent me a picture of a recipe for quinoa with a sweet potato sauce that she wanted to make.

Who am I to say no? Half of my favorite foods are in this dish! You’ve got the nutritional yeast, the sweet potato and of course, the nutty quinoa to add some depth. It doesn’t hurt that I made it with my sister and we had a great time. She butchers the pronunciation of quinoa [keen-wah] and says  “oink-wah”. It was absolutely adorable and now that’s what I call it too.

The recipe is a three parter: veggies, quinoa and sauce. The sauce makes the dish really soupy and for a minute we were afraid we had made sweet potato soup (not that we would have minded). We actually got out bowls to eat it with because it was that soupy. Putting it in the oven solved that problem beautifully. It was delicious!

sweet potato quinoa

Sweet Potato Quinoa with Broccoli and Sautéed Onions

For quinoa:

1 c dried quinoa

2 cups water

1 T salt

For broccoli:

3 cups broccoli florets

1/2 onion chopped

1 T coconut oil

For cheese sauce:

1 c mashed sweet potato

1.5 cups water

1/4 c nutritional yeast

1 T onion powder

1/2 T paprika

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the quinoa as per package instructions. Sauté the onion in a large skillet with the coconut oil. After the onions are translucent, add the florets and cover with a lid. Cook until still green and firm but softened. You do not want mushy. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients for the sauce and blend for a couple seconds. Add all the ingredients to a baking dish (or if the skillet you used can go in the oven use that). Bake for 30 minutes. There will be a lovely crust on top.

A lovely meal for a cold night before yoga. It’s not too filling that you’re feeling it through the night, but enough to give stable energy.

Do you like quinoa?

How do you pronounce it?

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