Sesame Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potato and Spinach

15 Apr

I wasn’t feeling well the other day and the idea of cooking an entire meal wasn’t working for me. I felt like just grabbing a simple solution on the way home that hit the spot. But when you’re not feeling well I belive (disclaimer – do not listen to me , I am probably the last person you want to listen to re: how to feel better b/c I don’t belive in pills) healthy nutritious food is the way to go. This is a simple solution that not only made me feel 100% the next day, but it also took 20 minutes to make (meaning I got to bed by 9pm).

Who out there is obsessed with Whole Foods? Ya, me, ok. I am sure I am not alone. I tried to copy one of those beautiful pre-made salads you buy at their pre-made food counter. My Mom (who is a fantastic cook) loves this concoction that Whole Foods has created. So I tried to re-create it for her. (Mom I hope you’re reading…..I know you are…you may be my only reader). The smart thing to do would have been to go and read their ingredient list b/c they post it. I didn’t. Whoops!

Sesame Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potato and Spinach

Serves 4 as a side dish


3/4 cup of dry quinoa

2 sweet potato, diced into bite sized pieces

1 cup, packed firmly, baby spinach

1 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1/2 tbsp rice vinegar

2 tsp soy sauce (if you’re gluten-free use tamari)

Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. toss the sweet potato pieces in a little bit of olive oil and roast on a baking sheet for 20 minutes (flipping after 10) until slightly browned.

Cook the Quinoa according to the directions on the package. Once done toss with the spinach and put the lid on the pot and leave for 5 minutes.

Add the sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce (or tamari) and roasted sweet potato and toss. Serve at room temperature or cool.

Out of respect for Whole Foods and all that they do I won’t mention the price differential. Infer what you will.

(if everyone could please ignore the random piece of quinoa on the side of the bowl. Again, alone for photography, left to my own devices. I am a maniac I tell you. I hate to admit it, but I took about 8 shots before I noticed. Then as luck would have it I decided I needed to use this shot b/c it was one of the better ones. Ya, we’ve already gone over how I suck at photography. I’m working at it (not really, my photographer has just been away).)

What is my favourite part about cooking with quinoa? protein without thinking about a protein source. Genius!

2 Responses to “Sesame Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potato and Spinach”

  1. Susan Williamson April 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    What a fabulous blog you have Katie. You actually make me want to cook!
    P.S. I’ve added a link on my blog to yours.

    • Peg powers May 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm #


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