Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

6 WWPP Posted by 5 years ago 14 Comments

Not sure if this is officially a “salad” but I don’t know what else to call it besides, maybe, “Fall in a Bowl?” But I’m reserving that title for my Overnight Steel Cut Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. So Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad it is.

I was inspired today to make an Unprocessed Lunch using whatever I could find in my pantry for the #October Unprocessed Challenge. I think too many people see unprocessed food as a hassle and therefore choose more processed options out of desperation for a quick meal.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Really! It doesn’t!

Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad - steam

That dish up there took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish and I stopped to photograph and take notes! Sure, there was a little prep involved —cutting a some onion, a potato and measuring out a few spices is all I can think of— but that’s the fun part! At least it should be fun.

Anyway, fun or not, this came out tasty! Next time I might add a touch of honey to bring out more of the sweet potato’s natural sweetness but I wanted to share how I made it today as a base recipe…Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

  • 1/4 of a large sweet onion chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 medium sized sweet potato cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (86g)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • Kosher Salt

Heat a pot over medium-high and spray with non-stick cooing spray. Add the onion and potato, sprinkle liberally with salt and brown.

Add the water, spices, a pinch of salt and quinoa. (If you want to had 1/2 tbsp if honey, I’d do it here.)

Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad - before

Bring to a boil and continue to boil uncovered for about 5 minute until the potato softens.

Cover and lower to a simmer.

Continue to simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes until the remaining liquid is absorbed.

Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad - after

Separate into 2 equal sized portions and enjoy!

Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad - 2 servings

The creamy sweet potato texture was amazing with the quinoa. Such a fun combination!

Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad - close up

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 1/2 recipe ~2 cups
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
230 3g 6g old: 4 new: 6
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
4g 0g 44g 7g

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    October 4, 2012

    This looks delicious! I love sweet potatoes, so I'll definitely be giving this a try.


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    October 5, 2012

    A great no pointer side dish for those on the WW Simply Filling Plan....


    October 5, 2012

    Oh I can't wait to try this one! Looks wonderful!


    October 10, 2012

    Loved it as did my husband and 3 yr old son! Thanks for another great (and easy!) reciepe!


    October 11, 2012

    Yummy! I love Sweet Potato..Thank You for sharing


    October 11, 2012

    I just made a pot of this today and doubled the recipe so I would have left overs. So glad I did! This is yummy and perfect for Fall weather. The house smells amazing too!


    October 12, 2012

    YUM! Just made this with a red onion and added the honey. I love how easy it was and super filling!


    October 25, 2012

    I have done something similar to this. I usually cook up about 2 cups of quinoa once a week or so and use this precooked quinoa as a base. I would then roast veggies sweet potatoes with honey and spices, stir into reheated quinoa and season.


    November 4, 2012

    I just made this! I doubled the recipe except used one sweet potato and a big pile of fresh pineapple chunks. I sauteed the pineapple with the onions and potato- came out excellent!


    February 25, 2013

    I liked this recipe but my husband and kids wouldn't eat it. My 12 year old tried it at least. I feel like I need to cook five different meals each night in order to satisfy the troops!


    February 26, 2013

    Made this tonight and everyone ate it! Rare in our house for all 3 kids to like something. I just added a pinch of cayenne pepper. It was delicious.


    August 19, 2014

    I like the idea of this, but there was too much nutmeg for my taste and it unfortunately overpowered the dish for me:( Trying to cover it up with dark brown sugar... otherwise I enjoyed making this dish:)


      August 19, 2014

      Sorry, should have warned you in the post, I love me some nutmeg! Had a pinch of salt and some cinnamon, may help!