Sweet Potato Quinoa Pilaf with Kale

If you’re sick of the same old sides with dinner, give this quick and easy recipe loaded with vitamins and minerals a try. The flavors of the quinoa, sweet potatoes, kale, and onions combine beautifully to make a colorful side. Salmon, chicken, marinated tempeh, or white beans pair well for a complete real food meal. This quinoa pilaf is real food nutrition at its finest. Try it today!


Sweet Potato Quinoa Pilaf with Kale 

Yield: 6 servings

Total time: 40 minutes (1st 3 steps simultaneous)

Ingredients:Sweet Potato Quinoa Pilaf with Kale

1 sweet potato

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons grapeseed or coconut oil, divided

1 cup quinoa (white, red, or combo)

2 cups water

1 medium onion

1 bunch kale (any variety)

1 lime, juiced


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and dice sweet potato into 1/2″ cubes. In a medium bowl, toss sweet potato with sea salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon oil. On a baking sheet covered with parchment, spread out the sweet potato cubes in a single layer. Bake until lightly browned and tender, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. While the sweet potatoes are baking, rinse the quinoa with a fine mesh strainer until water runs clear. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add quinoa. Toast quinoa stirring frequently until the quinoa becomes fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil. Add onion and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove kale stalks and slice finely. Add kale and saute until wilted, about 3 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine cooked sweet potatoes, quinoa, and kale mixture. Add lime juice and stir gently to combine. Serve hot. Enjoy!
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Erin Harner

Erin Harner is an Integrative Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), author, and speaker based in Ithaca, NY. Erin melds functional medicine and culinary nutrition to help her clients uncover their unique diet and confidently cook healthy nourishing meals that meet the needs of their whole family. Learn about Erin's services and connect on Instagram.

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