Sweet Potato, onion, mushrooms, and chopped pecans are served over a bed of quinoa. This dish is perfect as a warm meal or side dish during cold weather.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir the quinoa in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to take on a toasty aroma, about 5 minutes. Pour in the water, and add pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and onion, and cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and cayenne pepper; season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover the skillet, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the sweet potato is soft, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour a splash of water into the skillet if needed to keep the vegetables from burning. Spoon the vegetable mixture over a bed of quinoa, and sprinkle with chopped pecans to serve.

Nutrition Facts

173 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 19.3g; fat 9.2g; sodium 108.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2009
I love finding new recipes using quinoa. This one was a little spicy for me. Next time I'll make the following modifications: 1, replace ¼ t cayenne with ¼ t cinnamon (cinnamon is the perfect companion for sweet potatoes and pecans); 2, begin preparing and cooking the vegetables first (before cooking the quinoa); 3, add an extra tablespoon of olive oil prior to adding the mushrooms, sweet potatoes and spices; 4, five minutes into cooking the vegetables add ¼ cup of water to the vegetables. I loved this so much, I’m thinking of adding this to our Thanksgiving menu. Thank you lep413 for a delicious recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2010
"one onion' is a loose measure and apparently my onion was too big (and we LOVE onions at our house). Here are a few tips/things I'll try next time: TIME SAVER: Microwave your sweet potato and then add it to the pot so you don't to wait 20 mins. Worked out great. KID FRIENDLY: Subtract cayenne and mushrooms add cinnamon and dried cranberries; use 1/2 an onion not a whole MONEY SAVER: Use Craisins instead of dried cranberries Enjoy! Read More
(18)
191 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 54
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  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2009
I love finding new recipes using quinoa. This one was a little spicy for me. Next time I'll make the following modifications: 1, replace ¼ t cayenne with ¼ t cinnamon (cinnamon is the perfect companion for sweet potatoes and pecans); 2, begin preparing and cooking the vegetables first (before cooking the quinoa); 3, add an extra tablespoon of olive oil prior to adding the mushrooms, sweet potatoes and spices; 4, five minutes into cooking the vegetables add ¼ cup of water to the vegetables. I loved this so much, I’m thinking of adding this to our Thanksgiving menu. Thank you lep413 for a delicious recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2008
Overall a good and healthy recipe. I just thought it need a bit more flavor so I sprinkled in a little Goya Adobo seasonings. It was good but; still needed a little something. Next time I think I will use chicken or veggie broth to cook the quinoa. I diced the sweet potato very small and added frozen peas for extra color and texture. Will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2008
This is an excellent vegetarian/vegan dish! Very flavorful. I used 1 1/2 cups of portabella mushrooms added 1/4 water to the vegetable pan before covering and increased the cayenne pepper just a bit which gave this a nice kick. Some fresh spinach added into the vegatable pan in the last 5 minutes would also be great! I'll be making this again for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2008
This was the first time I've tried quinoa and it was really good. Even my picky husband enjoyed it. I used regular mushrooms since thats what I had on hand and I didn't use the nuts. It was a little too spicy for me but thats the way my husband likes it! I will definetly make this again maybe next time I will try and add extra veggies and a little less cayenne pepper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/11/2010
This was my first time making quinoa and I thought this was a pretty good dish. Eating quinoa is kind of like eating brown rice. I used a little less cayenne than called for and added just a dash of cinnamon. It's a nice combination of sweet savory and spicy--definitely an interesting and out of the ordinary combo. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2010
"one onion' is a loose measure and apparently my onion was too big (and we LOVE onions at our house). Here are a few tips/things I'll try next time: TIME SAVER: Microwave your sweet potato and then add it to the pot so you don't to wait 20 mins. Worked out great. KID FRIENDLY: Subtract cayenne and mushrooms add cinnamon and dried cranberries; use 1/2 an onion not a whole MONEY SAVER: Use Craisins instead of dried cranberries Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2010
I used 1 cup quinoa & 2 cups of water (seasoned with 1/2 packet of onion soup mix). I rinsed the quinoa before toasting. I was worried when it was done because the quinoa seemed 'goupy'. I made this recipe for work-week lunches. I ate this the next day at room temperature and it was a really good lunch with good flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2010
Wonderful! My first time trying quinoa and I really enjoyed this. I did add a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. I will definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2011
I still love the quinoa with corn and black beans from this site the best but this is a close second. After reading reviews I used low sodium chicken broth to cook my quinoa omitted the salt and added a little bit of broth to the veggies so they wouldn't stick to the pan. I halved the cayenne pepper and added 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. I also doubled the amount of quinoa sweet potatoes and mushrooms. (Make sure to increase amount of broth used to cook the doubled quinoa). After everything was done cooking I mixed the quinoa in with the veggies. It was delicious! Read More
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