Quinoa with Sweet Potatoes, Candied Ginger, Kale and Apples
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Serves: 4
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into a large dice
  • 1 Tbl + 1 tsp Olive oil, separated
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbl maple syrup
  • 4-5 pcs candied ginger, diced small
  • 2 large leaves of kale, rib and stem removed, chopped or torn into 1" pieces
  • 1 small shallot, sliced thinly into rings
  • 2 Tbl balsamic vinegar
  • ½ pink lady or any apple of your choice, cut into a large dice
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit
  2. In a medium saucepan, add quinoa and stock and bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover and allow to cook for about 20 minutes until grain is translucent and the crescent-shaped germ separates and becomes white.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, toss the sweet potato in 1 Tbl of olive oil on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast, turning occasionally for about 25 minutes (or until beginning to soften).
  4. When quinoa is cooked through, fluff with a fork and spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet to cook to room temperature
  5. Soak sliced shallot in a small bowl in balsamic vinegar and set aside
  6. On your cutting board, or in a bowl, massage 1 tsp of oil into the kale leaves for about 1-2 minutes with your hands and season with salt and pepper
  7. Remove sweet potato cubes from the oven, pour maple syrup over them, evenly, and toss in chopped candied ginger. Return to the oven and continue to roast for an additional 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through
  8. In a serving dish or large bowl, toss quinoa with candied ginger, sweet potatoes, kale, shallot rings (pulled out of balsamic vinegar) and apple
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if needed and add about half of the balsamic vinegar, to taste
  10. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe by Jackie Ourman at http://jackieourman.com/quinoa-with-sweet-potatoes-candied-ginger-kale-and-apples/