Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

6 WWPP Posted by 3 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. Reply


    October 4, 2012

    YUM! Reply


    October 5, 2012

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


    October 5, 2012

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


    October 10, 2012

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


    October 11, 2012

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


    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! Reply


    October 12, 2012

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


    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. Reply


    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! Reply


    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! Reply


    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. Reply


    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:) Reply


      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!