Comfort food can mean a lot of different things, but for me it often means a bowl of cooked grains, beans and vegetables.
A bowl of cooked grains is filling and warming during the colder months, and in the warmer months, it's a dish that's wonderful served cold.
This pilaf is so easy to throw together for a dinner, and you can save any leftover cooked grains for other meals such as breakfast porridges. (I'm a huge fan of cooking once, eating twice.)
Millet and quinoa are both gluten-free and are highly alkalizing for the body. Adzuki beans are incredibly high in nutrition, and compared to other beans, are relatively easy to digest.
Spiced Sweet Potato & Adzuki Bean Pilaf
Makes 6 servings
- 1/2 large onion, diced
- 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/4 inch chunks
- 2 cloves garlic, roughly minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 15-ounce can adzuki beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 4-ounce can chopped green chilies
- 2 cups cooked millet
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 big handful of baby spinach, baby kale or other green, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Place onion, sweet potatoes and garlic on a large baking sheet along with the coconut oil, and roast for about 10 minutes, stirring a few times throughout to ensure even cooking. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- In a large bowl, add all of the remaining ingredients. Add the roasted onion, sweet potatoes and garlic, and toss everything together to coat. Adjust the seasonings to taste. Enjoy as a main dish, or as a side dish.
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