Sweet Potato & Quinoa Bread

Guest post written by Veronica Shah of Joyous Household

The great thing about sweet potatoes is their versatility, which means they can be incorporated into a wide range of delicious recipes. And that’s exactly what we have for you today: a mouth-watering bread made from sweet potato and quinoa.

If you’re a regular reader of our website, you already know about the many health benefits of sweet potatoes. And just like sweet potatoes, quinoa is also very healthy, thanks to the many nutrients that it contains, including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, potassium and antioxidants.

As a complete protein, quinoa is a great option for vegans and vegetarians because it provides the body with all nine essential amino acids that must be obtained from food.

The combination of sweet potatoes, quinoa, nuts, seeds, fruits and healthy oils used to prepare this bread make it a very nutrient dense addition to your diet. Enjoy a slice at any time of the day and it’ll help to keep you full and energized!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 cup sweet potatoes, cubed (1 inch squares)
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts, seeds and chopped dried fruit

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Place the quinoa in a large bowl, cover with water and allow to soak overnight. Drain the following day using a sieve.
  3. Combine the chia seeds with 1/2 cup of water and allow to sit for roughly 20 minutes. They will absorb most of the water and congeal.
  4. Cook the sweet potatoes any way you like, until soft. We steamed them for roughly 6 minutes.
  5. Add the drained quinoa, chia seed mixture, cooked sweet potatoes, coconut oil, baking soda, lemon, sea salt and water to a food processor. Process for 3 – 4 minutes, until everything is well combine. Alternatively, you can use a bread stand mixer and let it run for around 5 minutes.
  6. Line a square or rectangular baking tin with greaseproof paper and pour the batter in. Sprinkle the mixed nuts, seeds & fruit on top of the batter. Use a spoon to mix gently, then smooth the top of the batter.
  7. Place the baking tin into the preheated oven and bake for an hour. After the first hour, check every 10 minutes to make sure the top is not burnt. In total, the bread will likely take an hour and a half to bake.

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Once ready, simply cut the bread into thick slices and enjoy! Remember to tag @sweet_taters in your sweet potato bread experiments and we may feature your delicious image!

Please note this recipe has not be tested by NC Sweet Potato Commission. 

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day the Sweet Way!

We’re all a little bit Irish today, aren’t we y’all? From green beer to delicious food, there isn’t anything about St. Patrick’s Day we don’t love. Add a touch of sweetness to classic Irish meals by swapping in sweet potatoes for bites the whole family is sure to love.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

We all know shepherd’s pie is one of the most classic Irish dishes out there, so we just couldn’t help ourselves by sharing this version from Chef Vivian Howard of A Chef’s Life. This dish is the perfect balance of sweet and savory, and is the comfort food everyone needs to pair with a cold beer!

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Sweet Potato Reuben Fries

What would St. Patrick’s Day be without a delicious corned beef recipe? Love Bakes Good Cakes has us loving these Sweet Potato Reuben Fries as an indulgent snack for the day! Y’all know we have a soft spot for sweet tater fries, so topping them with everything Irish just sounds like the perfect plan.

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Irish Style Sweet Potato Mash

A fluffy, buttery sweet potato mash is just what y’all need to be truly Irish today! Fuss Free Cooking shows us a traditional and not well-known way to enjoy sweet potatoes as an amazing side dish that compliments every meal.

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How are you celebrating the luck of the Irish today? Tag us in your sweet potato pictures for a chance to be featured on our social pages!

New Year, New You with the Sweetest!

It’s that time of year again y’all: salads, workout classes and the countless promises to be a healthier person. So often it seems like come February, we just give up on these goals when the going gets tough or if we don’t see results fast enough. But truth is, being healthy shouldn’t be a fad, it should be a lifestyle! We personally think one of the best ways to do that is adding in more nutritious fruits and veggies – like yours truly! – into your diet to keep you fuller longer. Take a look below at some of our favorite ways to add sweet potatoes to every meal, to make sure you keep that resolution going all year!

Paleo Leftover Turkey Sweet Potato Frittata

Rise and shine! Start your morning off right with this dish. A little bit of sweet, savory and a whole lot of deliciousness, this recipe from Bless Her Heart, Y’all had us at hello!

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Sweet Potato Falafel

RD-approved and perfect for everyone in their busy lives, these little sweet potato falafels are best when tucked into a pita pocket and topped with tahini. Whoever said your brown bag lunch had to be boring?

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Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl

There’s a reason why y’all have been seeing ‘Buddha bowls’ just about everywhere – because they’re just so delicious! This one comes from Minimalist Baker, and we think it’s just what we need to have the perfect balance of healthy and delicious.

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Good luck to everyone with their New Year goals! Remember, sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients and versatile to every meal. Take pictures of your healthy sweet potato ideas and tag us on social media at @sweet_taters!

Have a Sweet & Spooky Halloween

Halloween: an evening with candy by the handfuls and lots of cute (or scary) costumes. Make yours ghoulishly good, but also have some healthy-ish snacks on hand. That’s where our sweet taters come in. Take a peek at some delicious, guilt-free Halloween treats to enjoy over the next few days!

We like to make our food fun ‘round here, so we’re serving up these Sweet Potato Halloween Fries from Tablespoon. These taters are also baked so they’re healthier than your normal fries and certainly more so than the usual Halloween candy!

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What else? Take a look at this delicious idea from Food52 to whip up a killer sheet cake with sweet potato frosting. It’s perfect for any Halloween gathering and the frosting is so easy to make with just two ingredients.

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And last, we’re lovin’ this scary Sweet Potato Milkshake from Artsy Momma.  It’s a great way to get those veggies in, but in a shake everyone will adore.

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Stay sweet this Halloween and remember to tag us in your sweet potato pictures, at @Sweet_taters!

NC Pork Belly and Sweet Potato Hash

Recipe by Matthew Register, Southern Smoke BBQ of North Carolina

Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups diced pork belly (1 inch pieces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover diced sweet potatoes in a baking dish and roast for 30 minutes until tender, but not fork tender. When finished, set aside.
  2. Heat skillet to medium heat, and place the pork belly onto a non-stick pan. Pan fry for about 5 minutes or until the pork belly starts to brown.
  3. Add brown sugar and sweet potatoes. Continue cooking for 4 minutes until sweet potatoes become tender.
  4. Add ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar nutmeg, parsley and sea salt to the skillet. Mix all ingredients and cook for 2 minutes.

Sweet Tater Shoutout: Sweet Potato Brie Pizza

sp pizza 1Summer is in full swing and we just can’t get enough of refreshing summer foods we can enjoy anytime, anywhere. Sometimes in all of this heat and humidity, we need a light dinner that won’t weigh us down. That’s why we’re so excited to share this Sweet Potato Brie Pizza from our Sweet Tater Ambassador, A Couple Cooks. This vegetarian option is perfect for everyone in the family – the kids will love a pizza, mom will love it has vegetables, and the health enthusiast will love it’s nutritious.

The sweetness of the roasted potatoes combined with the creamy brie and peppery arugula is the ultimate summertime treat. Who would have thought brie and sweet potatoes (or brie on pizza!) would just go so well together. There’s absolutely no need to order take out when you have this easy option right in front of you! Not to mention, there’s just something so much more special about making your own pizza, which is the perfect activity for kids, and even adults.

sp pizza 2Now excuse us while we go enjoy this pizza on the front porch with a bubbly spritzer! Happy weekend, y’all!

NAUGHTY CRAVINGS: TOTCHOS

Hey, ya’ll! Are you craving something salty, crispy and full of sweet taters? Shared Appetite’s Korean Pork Sweet Potato Totchos has your name written all over it. What are “totchos” you ask? A winning combination of sweet tater tots, cotija cheese, avocado, kimchi and spicy Korean pork all piled high in true nacho form.

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Speechless? Drooling? Us too. This delicious pile of sweet potato goodness is taking our naughty craving to another level. You know, the kind where as soon as you take a bite, your eyes widen and you don’t know whether to grab the whole bowl and devour it for yourself, or take the civil route and simply exclaim to your friend, “Oh. My. Goodness. This is the best thing I’ve ever had.”

We can taste those golden sweet korean-pork-kimchi-totchos-1potato “tots” now – oh-so-crispy on the outside and creamy, soft and pillowy on the inside. We don’t even care its bathing suit season!

Perfect for late night snacking, barbecue potlucks – for Pete’s sake, we’ll even eat this for breakfast! Either way, we can promise Shared Appetite’s Korean Pork and Sweet Potato Totchos will fulfill all of your naughty cravings, with sweet taters aplenty.

Shaved Brussel Sprout & Sweet Potato Salad

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  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 quart Brussels sprouts, halved, cored and sliced very thin
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Lay sweet potatoes in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and remaining 1/4 teaspoon of the salt; toss. Bake about 30 minutes, stirring once, until golden. Let cool.
  2. In a small bowl combine remaining 2 tablespoons oil, vinegar, mustard, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl combine Brussels sprouts, pecans, cranberries and dressing; toss. Add sweet potatoes; stir gently. Transfer to a serving platter; sprinkle with blue cheese.

Number of servings (yield): 6

Naughty Craving: Not Your Average Buns

How about a veggie lover’s treat for this month’s Naughty Craving? We think this Sweet Potato Noodle Bun stuffed with kale, onion, tomato and a creamy goat cheese avocado spread is the perfect dish to indulge your senses. Whether you’re gluten free, a sweet tater lover, or both, this recipe has got you covered for a deliciously naughty taste of heaven.

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Try Inspiralized’s yummy vegetarian combo above, or test out the sweet potato buns as a vessel for a juicy turkey or beef burger. You could even try open-faced style and load up single buns with yummy toppings of your choice. Or why not make these into appetizer sizes and use in place of crostini? All you need is a spiralizer, ramekins, some basic ingredients and voila! The kitchen is your oyster. noodle bun 2Or should we say the sweet potato is your oyster? Nah, too confusing.

We can all agree that sweet potatoes go beautifully with just about anything, so it’s up to you to get creative and “naughty” with these tasty buns. Get spiralizing!