Perfect Weekday Lunch: Sweet Potato + Walnut Quinoa Bowl

mbg Contributor By Amie Valpone
mbg Contributor
Amie Valpone is a Manhattan-based chef, culinary nutritionist, professional recipe developer, food photographer, writer and motivational speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘clean eating’ recipes.

This is a great recipe to pack in a mason jar and take to work. Cooking the sweet potatoes and quinoa does take some time, but the great thing is that you can make both in large batches ahead of time and through it together for this lunch and other meals when you need it.

It's an ideal detoxifying bowl that's bursting with nutrients and perfect for a spring detox.

Sweet Potato + Walnut Quinoa Bowl

Perfect Weekday Lunch: Sweet Potato + Walnut Quinoa Bowl

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 small red beet
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt + pepper, to taste
  • lemon zest, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped raw walnuts

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.

2. Place sweet potato and beet onto a rimmed baking sheet and coat with melted coconut oil; season with sea salt and pepper. Bake for 40 minutes or until sweet potatoes and beet are tender.

3. Meanwhile, cook quinoa according to package directions.

4. Remove beet and sweet potato from oven; set aside to cool. Thinly slice beets using a sharp knife.

5. In a large bowl, toss cooked quinoa with baked sweet potato, beets and remaining ingredients; gently toss to combine and serve warm.

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