Sweet Potato & Adzuki Bean Pilaf
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.
Elizabeth Finch is a Board Certified Health Counselor (AADP), wellness expert and entrepreneur who teaches women around the world to make healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices to look and feel their best. She is the creator of www.Elizabeth-Finch.com where she runs an online nutrition program, and she is passionate about sharing her knowledge with other women by offering free weekly wellness advice and delicious recipes on her blog.