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Caramelized Sweet Potatoes with Quinoa and Greens


  • 4 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp mild Indian curry powder
  • 3 cups leafy greens (such as kale, chard, collards) cut in thin strips (OR) 1 cup corn, peas or edamame instead of greens
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed in cold water
  • 3 cups water or low sodium stock
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil or one pat of butter
  • squeeze of lemon
  • sweet or hot mango chutney, yogurt and sliced cucumbers on the side


bake Sweet potatoes

1. Peel sweet potatoes and slice 1/4 inch thick. Toss with salt and olive oil on baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 min at 450°F. until dark orange and soft.

2. Flip, and bake for about 15 more minutes or until quite dark and caramelized.

Cook Veggies and Add Quinoa

1. In the meantime, in medium pot, heat olive oil, and sautee onion. Add garlic, ginger, and curry powder. Cook until sizzling and fragrant. Add greens (or child-friendly vegetables) and stir until wilted.

2. Add Quinoa to the pot along with scant 3 cups stock or salted water. Simmer under lid until all liquid is absorbed, 15 minutes. Fluff quinoa with fork, season to taste and add the olive oil or butter as well.

3. A squeeze of lemon is always good. Place Quinoa on a platter, top with the sweet potatoes. Serve with some chutney, yogurt, and cucumbers.

Adapted from Eating Well

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