Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes via Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer)

A few nights ago, Matt and I got home from a run (I know, me running? I can’t believe I just typed that!) and we were craving something nutritious, yet still comforting and filling for dinner. With two luscious sweet potatoes on the counter and a pantry full of quinoa, the choice was simple. A protein and healthy carb-filled meal. Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.

Before I talk about the food, I just need to quickly talk about motivation (or the lack there of in this case), particularly in the exercise department. Monday and Tuesday of this week Matt and I went running, only a short 25 minute runs, but it was better than nothing I suppose. But I just can’t seem to push myself to exercise every day. In the summer it’s easy, I can go for a walk outside, it’s light and bright out when I get done with work. But during the winter months, I get done with work, it’s dark, cold and snowy, and I all I want to do is go home and bake.

What’s up with that? Does anyone else feel my pain? If so, please leave a comment below (like pretty please) and tell me what you do to stay motivated. Or better yet, send me your workouts so I can get some inspiration from you. I need something to get me out of this wintertime slump. I promised myself a yoga class tomorrow!

Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer)

Thanks for listening to my little rant, so let’s talk sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a sensational ingredient and a must-have in my winter meals. They’re sweet, packed with nutrients and insanely good for you.

Just to name a few of the benefits, sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamin C, which we all know helps keep our immune system strong (which is especially important as cold and flu season is now upon us). They are also filled with Vitamin D which is critical to our immune health, but also boosts our energy levels and our moods. A food that makes you happy? Can’t get much better than that!

So yes, these Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes were a beyond perfect meal. They’re keep me healthy, refueling me after a workout, and leaving my tummy feeling content.

Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 2 sweet potatoes

Serving Size: 1 sweet potoato

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ½ cup hazelnuts, toasted
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Puncture the sweet potatoes with a fork and place them in a baking dish. Bake until soft, and knife slides into the flesh easily, about 35 – 45 minutes depending on the size.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the quinoa mixture by heating the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Saute the garlic and shallot until fragrant, about 3 – 5 minutes. Add the cooked quinoa and hazelnuts, drizzle with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Turn down to low and stir occasionally until the sweet potatoes are done.
  3. When the sweet potatoes are soft, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Once cooled, transfer them to a plate, split them open with a sharp knife and spoon the quinoa into the center.
  4. Serve immediately.
http://www.simplyquinoa.com/quinoa-stuffed-sweet-potatoes/

This recipe is shared on: Keep it Real Thursdays, Whole Food Fridays, Wellness Weekend, Thank Goodness it’s Quinoa


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  • http://heatherscreativrconcoctions.wordpress.com/ Heather

    I know what you mean about staying motivated, it can be so challenging sometimes. I live in the north and have a tendency to have symptoms of SAD so I use exercise to prevent and especially focus on how good I feel after. My mantra lately is I deserve to be happy and feel good and I always tell myself the bare minimum is go walk 30 minutes a day- just walking. Usually once I’m there though I get into it a little more. I have also checked out Pinterest for motivation pictures and new ideas. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.weareglutenfree.com Andrew Cordova

    That actually sounds really good. I eat sweet potato all the time but usually just with butter and I always microwave them to save on time. As for motivation to work out, you gotta set a measurable goal so you have a reason to work out.

  • http://www.cookingquinoa.net Wendy @ CookingQuinoa

    This looks fabulous Alyssa! LOVE the use of hazelnuts…and I happen to have some in my pantry. :)

  • http://acedarspoon.com Julia

    This looks delicious! We eat sweet potatoes a lot and I usually don’t put anything but a little butter on them. I love this idea to spice it up!

  • http://www.fortmillscliving.com Christin@FortMillSCLiving

    I can’t help you with the motivation for excercise in Winter. I have the same problem. Just want to stay in my warm house all winter!
    Your recipe looks amazing! Love both sweet potatoes and quinoa but never thought to put the 2 together.

  • http://www.painfreepregnancy.org Kristi

    This looks absolutely fabulous and nourishing and yummy. Would you mind posting this to my food blog carnival, superfood sundays? It is geared toward helping new moms prepare for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

    http://www.painfreepregnancy.org/2012/12/superfood-sunday-december-16.html

    Thanks!!

  • Friedl

    This recipe was awesome ! Thank you for this idea, we enjoyed it very much.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      So happy to hear you liked it!! Have a very Happy Holiday! xx Alyssa

  • Leeann Stallman

    Made this tonight — so good! I’ve been looking for hearty vegetarian meals to add to my dinner rotations. This one fit the bill perfectly! I’ve never cooked with hazelnuts before; they added such a great element to the meal. Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Carrie Barnett

    Oh my! I just found this recipe and am in love just with the picture. Will definitely be making this as soon as I get all the ingredients! Thank you so much for this website. I am GF, as well as allergic to rice, corn, dairy, etc. I really loved the Quinoa Thins that I made today as well.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Ahh thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed the quinoa thins. It’s a great recipe that can be changed easily with different flavor combos! This recipe is also heavenly. Please let me know if you try it! xx

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  • http://none Aline

    I am in a bad slump to much sugar preservative from ham. I awake with a bad hive and . I will go back to my routine this morning. I also replace ingredient with quinoa.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      I’m feeling the exact same way. Going on a little sugar detox tomorrow – avoiding baked goods, fruit, alcohol and limiting my grains for a week or two to get back on track. Hopefully it will help kill these cravings that are eating me up! Hope your journey back to healthy eating goes well :)

  • Colleen

    So looking forward to making this as I have enjoyed so many of your recipes and really like quinoa….have been working on getting more protein into my diet, thinking that might be some of my lack of energy and motivation. My friend and I too have been lacking motivation to exercise so we now are encouraging & challenging each other by meeting at a local church where we paid $3 (lol) a month to use their indoor walking track and any of their exercise equipment that we want. We don’t want the other to out do us, so it keeps us both going and we certainly feel better and enjoy the fellowship. I do know it is a decision we make and discipline in our life is not always easy but in our perserverance there is success. So be encouraged and persevere and thank you for sharing and encouraging us with these eating healthy recipes.