Quinoa With Sweet Potatoes, Kale, and Pesto

Quinoa With Sweet Potatoes, Kale, and Pesto
Anna Williams
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Serves 8


quinoa, rinsed
olive oil
small sweet potatoes (about 11/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
kosher salt and black pepper
medium red onion, sliced
bunches kale (1 1/4 pounds), thick stems removed and leaves cut into bite-size pieces (about 14 cups)
pesto and toasted walnuts, for serving


  1. Cook the quinoa according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the sweet potatoes, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and cook, covered, tossing occasionally, until the potatoes begin to brown and soften, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add the onion to the pot and cook, tossing occasionally, until the sweet potatoes and onion are tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add as much kale to the pot as will fit and cook, tossing frequently and adding more kale when there is room, until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Reserve half the quinoa and vegetables for tomorrow’s dinner. Serve the remaining vegetables over the remaining quinoa, topped with the pesto and walnuts.
  5. Reheat and serve: Microwave the quinoa and vegetables in a microwave-safe dish covered with a damp paper towel on high for 2 to 3 minutes, tossing halfway through.



Charlyne Mattox
September 2012

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 528
  • Fat 32 g
  • Sat Fat 5 g
  • Cholesterol 5 mg
  • Sodium 416 mg
  • Protein 14 g
  • Carbohydrate 52 g
  • Sugar 5 g
  • Fiber 7 g
  • Iron 7 mg
  • Calcium 254 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.

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