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Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

These Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are filled with quinoa, kale, hazelnuts and topped with a creamy tahini dressing. Makes for a hearty main or side dish!

how to make quinoa stuffed sweet potatoes

As I was searching for something to make for dinner last night, I decided to forgo my usual scroll through Pinterest and turn to my own archives. There are so many good recipes there that just seem to get lost in the shuffle and when I stumbled upon these Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, I felt like I hit the jackpot.

I couldn't really remember making the recipe, but I remember feeling super proud of the photos at the time. But now looking back, they definitely needed a little updating. I will say though, seeing the progress in my own journey is super fun!

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So rather than recreate the entire recipe from scratch, which is often what I do (even with other people's recipes…something Matt can't stand about me hehe 😉),  I cooked it as is and made just one small tweak.

a kale and quinoa salad with lemon, onion and hazelnuts

Kale.

You know me! I can't seem to make a meal without my greens!

And honestly, they were perfection. I was actually a little surprised with myself! Soft, sweet, tender, perfectly roasted potatoes, filled with a nutty, lemony quinoa mixture 👌🏻 It was cozy, comforting, hearty and everything that my body was craving at that very minute.

In my view, these quinoa stuffed sweet potatoes are the epitome of a perfect winter meal.

quinoa stuffed sweet potatoes with kale

quinoa stuffed sweet potatoes with kale and tahini

And mostly because of the sweet potatoes.

So let's talk them, shall we? 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!

tahini sauce on top of sweet potatoes

quinoa stuffed sweet potatoes with tahini and kale

And of course, to finish the whole dish off, we needed something creamy.

I went with a classic: lemon, tahini and water.

It's my go-to combo for…well pretty much everything and it definitely didn't fail this time around. It gave the potatoes a little extra tang and really helped to give the quinoa mixture some extra creaminess. It pulled it all together and was the perfect end to what has now become one of my favorite wintertime meals.

stuffed sweet potatoes with quinoa and kale

So yes friends, these Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes were a beyond perfect meal. They're keeping me healthy, they're making me happy, they're fueling my body with protein, carbs and tons of nutrients, and leaving my tummy feeling oh-so content.

stuffed sweet potatoes with kale and quinoa

how to make quinoa stuffed sweet potatoes
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Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are filled with quinoa, kale, hazelnuts and topped with a creamy tahini dressing. Makes for a hearty main or side dish!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword stuffed sweet potatoes, sweet potato
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 555 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small shallot diced (or red onion)
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts toasted
  • Salt & pepper to taste

for the tahini

  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons water to thin

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. 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, hazelnuts and kale, drizzle with lemon juice to the pan 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. Whisk together the tahini dressing ingredients and pour on top of sweet potatoes. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 555 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 386mg 16%
Potassium 1079mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 9g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 435.8%
Vitamin C 75.7%
Calcium 16.2%
Iron 26.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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  1. I am a little confused – where does the tahini come in? And is the kale just raw as you are adding with quinoa or do you cook it first? Instructions aren’t very clear but it looks delicious…

    • Tahini is just drizzled on top of the potatoes like you see in the photos 🙂 for the kale, “Add the cooked quinoa, hazelnuts and kale, drizzle with lemon juice to the pan and season with salt and pepper.”

  2. I have been looking to make stuffed sweet potatoes for some time, but I don’t know if they can be enjoyed as a snack. Any ideas?

  3. […] Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Ingredients: 2 medium sweet potatoes 1 cup cooked quinoa 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small shallot, diced (or red onion) 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 cup chopped kale 1/2 lemon, juiced 1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted Salt & pepper to taste for the tahini 1 tablespoon tahini 1 teaspoon lemon juice Pinch of salt 1 – 2 tablespoons water (to thin) (Find the full recipe and directions here at Simply Quinoa) […]

  4. A quick question about the chopped kale as when it should be added seems to be omitted in the instructions. Do you sauté them with the garlic and shallots? Or just add the chopped kale uncooked when you stir in the quinoa?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    • 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 🙂

  7. 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.

    • 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

  8. 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!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

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