Friday, November 22, 2013

Yummy fall quinoa with sweat potatoes and black beans

A few months ago, some dear friends of ours brought us dinner and a similar quinoa dish to the one below was with it. I LOVED it and over the months have made it over and over and over again, tweaking it here and there for my love of spice and hate of extra calories :) Here is my version of a vegan main or side dish to die for. Enjoy!

What you need:

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, washed & cut into ½ inch cubes

  • 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed

  • 1 cup quinoa (I highly recommend buying pre-rinsed)

  • 2 cups vegetable broth

  • 2 limes juiced

  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp Chipotle Tabasco

  • 1 tsp agave nectar

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • cooking spray

What to do:
 Preheat oven to 420 degrees

 Spray cookie sheets and spread cubed sweet potatoes on them and spray potatoes with cooking spray, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 25-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until potatoes are soft in center.

 While potatoes are roasting, prepare quinoa according to package directions substituting water with vegetable broth. Set aside.

 To make the vinaigrette, combine lime juice, liquid smoke, cumin, chipotle, salt (to taste), and agave nectar, whisking until well integrated. While whisking, slowly drizzle olive oil into bowl until fully integrated. Taste & make adjustments as necessary.

 In large bowl, stir together the black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, and quinoa. Pour vinaigrette over ingredients and toss until well coated (you might need more if you like a bit more flavor).

Enjoy!!! :)

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