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!

3 Egg-ilicious Ways to Love Sweet Potatoes

Y’all know we’re all about versatility here, and how to incorporate sweet potatoes anyway possible, so of course we’re in love with adding them to eggs! Whether in a hash, stuffed or muffins, we could enjoy all of these recipes for brunch anytime of the day. Take a look at our top five favorites:

Curried Sweet Potato Egg Muffin Cups

This little cups are the perfect combination of flavors that are sure to wake you up in the morning. Bell peppers, cilantro, cheddar cheese – how could you possibly go wrong with these?!

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Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Eggs

Not only are these little stuffed eggs healthy (gluten-free friendly AND Whole30!) they’re perfect for a fun dinner as well. Food, Faith, Fitness has the right idea combining the sweetness from sweet potatoes with a tangy lime avocado sauce. Sign us up!

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Spicy Sweet Potato Hash with Caramelized Shallots and Pepita Chimichurri

This Sweet Potato Hash is taking Saturday brunch to a whole new level!  This hash-in-a-bowl is full of crispy sweet potatoes, savory eggs and the freshness of chimichurri. A big thank you for this inspiration from Earth and Oven!

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What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes and eggs? Tag us in your sweet potato pictures for a chance to be featured on our social pages!

Lovin’ On Sweet Potatoes for Valentine’s and American Heart Month

We don’t know about y’all, but around here we think February is just the sweetest! With Valentine’s Day, National Sweet Potato Month AND American Heart Month, is it any wonder we’re in love? To celebrate, we’ve compiled some of our favorite sweet potato recipes to celebrate this special month.

Berry Sweet Potato Smoothie

Did y’all know dark-colored fruits and veggies are shown to help promote a health heart? Throw in a sweet potato for extra antioxidants and vitamins and now you’re in business! This drink from Healthsomeness is just perfect to share with loved ones and get ready for the warmer weather.

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Sweet Potato Brownies

Who needs a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day when you have these Sweet Potato Brownies from Pickles and Honey?! This delicious treat is just in time to make it for the lovers in your life, and did we mention their vegan? It’s true – sweet and healthy can exist together.

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Kale and Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad

Kale, quinoa, sweet potatoes – some of the world’s best superfoods! – all come together in this healthy salad that will keep you full and your heart happy throughout the month. Top with your favorite berries to make this salad a springtime treat.

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Remember to tag us in your sweet potato pictures @sweet_taters for a chance to be featured on our social media pages!

Baking with the Sweetest

Still have the baking urge post-holidays? Though your sugar cravings might have subsided after all those cookies, it doesn’t mean you have to put down the spatula.

Yes, it’s true – some of our favorite baked goods include frosting and sprinkles. But we’re here to tell you that baking can be healthy. Where there’s a whisk, there’s a way. After all, an apron is just a cape on backwards. And truly, isn’t life what you bake of it? We could keep going.

Let’s stop hatin’ and start bakin’, you whisk-takers. Ok…we’re done.

  • Sweet Potato Date Scone – Created by Morning Glory Bakes in our 2011 Sweet n’ Healthy Blogger Recipe Contest, these deliciously healthy scones are still one of our tried & true favorites. Sweetened naturally with dates and yours truly, these scones will be your new breakfast staple. scones
  • Sweet Potato Blueberry Breakfast Bars – Anyone who’s super awesome deserves this super food breakfast. And yes, we mean you! Physical Kitchness blended two of our favorites and yet, unexpected pairings: sweet potatoes and blueberries. Give it a try!blueberry-sweet-potato
  • Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies – No judgement. Not one ounce. Eat those cookies for breakfast, ya’ll! We commend you, My Whole Food Life – you know how to start the day right! sp-cookies
  • 5 Ingredient Sweet Potato Brownies – For those who need their daily chocolate fix, try these dense and creamy brownies. The best part is how easy they are – all you need is sweet potatoes, almonds, oats, cocoa powder and sugar. And truly, how could we discuss baking without a mention of chocolate. brownieWhat type of goodies are you baking this January? Be sure to show us some love on social, we love seeing your delicious creations!

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!

Simple Holiday Entertaining with Sweet Taters

Curb that holiday stress, y’all. There’s loads of simple sweet tater dishes out there to get you through your gatherings – whether you’re a host or a guest.

First up, we’re sweet on these Sweet Potato Crisps with Chive Crème Fraiche and Cranberries. The Taste SF has sure outdone themselves this time with this delicious finger food. And if this topping isn’t your jam, then try out a few other ways to top these easy-to-make sweet potato crisps.

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Now how about dips? Guests go wild for them and they’re so simple to make. We’re loving this one from our friends at Bon Appétit – a Grilled Sweet Potato Baba Ghanoush with yours truly. Scoot over eggplant.

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Now here’s one we can’t stop snacking on from Spices in my DNAParmesan Herb Sweet Potato Stacks. These little guys have all our favorite flavors and they’re as easy as popping them into your muffin pan to bake.

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And last but not least, if you’re feeling fancy, you’ve got to whip up some of our Twice Baked Maple Chipotle Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds. Here’s a little secret: guests will think you spent hours in the kitchen.

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So go forth with your holiday entertaining! We hope some of our recipes make your time with friends and family that much sweeter.

And sweet tater lovers, be sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram using @sweet_taters. Can’t wait to see what you cook up!

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!

2017 Annual Meeting of Membership

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January 19, 2017

Please join us as we enter our 57th year of serving North Carolina’s sweet potato growers.  We look forward to even more success in providing new information and perspectives for our industry.

Location:

Sampson County Agri-Expo Center

414 Warsaw Road

Clinton, NC  28328

2017 Annual Meeting Registration

Deadline: January 9, 2017

To better serve you and ensure shorter registration lines, please return the Registration Form, link below, to Cindy Vanderhoof at the NCSPC Office no later than January 9, 2017.

North Carolina SweetPotato Commission

700E. Parrish Drive, Suite C, Benson, NC  27504

accounting@ncsweetpotatoes.com

Phone (919) 894-1067 • Fax (919) 894-7018

Please click here for the downloadable Registration Form

Program Topics

  • State of the Industry
  • Domestic & International Promotions
  • Crisis Management
  • State & National Updates
  • Black Rot Update

2017 Annual Meeting Sponsor/Exhibitor Opportunities

Please consider joining us as a sponsor or exhibitor at the 57th Annual Meeting of Membership to be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 8:00am until 2:00pm.  Financial support from partners like you has enabled the NC SweetPotato Commission to provide our membership with industry-relevant information, programs and events.  As we enter our 57th year of serving North Carolina’s sweet potato growers, we look forward to even more success in providing new information and perspectives for our industry.

The Sampson County Agri-Expo Center allows us the opportunity to offer more space to you to communicate the importance of your business to our industry.  Each exhibit space will be provided with one 6 foot table and two chairs for exhibiting in the network area.

For more information, please click here for our downloadable Sponsor Form and Exhibitor Application