Friday, February 22, 2013

super superfood trio - roasted sweet potatoes, quinoa & kale

It sounds too healthy to be delicious, but I guarantee you, you will love this recipe - it’s my new obsession.  It has it all -  a wonderful combo of flavors & textures and maximum health benefits.  

It’s also incredibly’s a great vegetarian (or vegan) main course (i topped it with a poached egg for dinner and it was delish!) or a beautiful side dish that pairs really nicely with roast chicken.  I also made an egg-white scramble with of the leftovers for breakfast...amaze balls.

In this photo, I used a medley of red, white & black quinoa that I had picked up at the market, but plain quinoa works juuust fine.

Serves 6 as a main course, 8 as a side dish.

3 medium sweet potatoes/orange-fleshed yams, cut into 1/2 inch dice
3 T. olive oil - divided
kosher salt & fresh ground pepper

1 c. dry quinoa

4 c. roughly chopped kale, tough stems removed
1 T. butter
1/4 c. water

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Toss diced sweet potatoes with 2 T. olive oil and season with kosher salt & pepper.  Place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast about 45-55 minutes, stirring once after 20 minutes and again after 30 minutes.  Remove when potatoes are slightly caramelized.

About 20 minutes before your potatoes are done roasting, rinse quinoa & cook according to the instructions on the package.  Once cooked, fluff with a fork.  You will end up with about 3 cups cooked quinoa.

In a large skillet with lid or large pot, heat remaining 1 T. of olive oil & 1 T. butter over medium high heat.  Add chopped kale and saute about 2 minutes, until bright green.  Add 1/4 c. water, cover & lower heat to medium low.  Braise for 2-3 minutes.  Remove lid and cook a couple minutes more until water is evaporated. 

Add roasted sweet potatoes & quinoa to kale and stir to combine.  Season with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.

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