High fiber, high flavor: Spicy quinoa and sweet potato dish

Who says high-fiber food has to be dull? This side dish is kicked up with plenty of southwestern zest. The spices included have high levels of antioxidants and reduce inflammation. Chili peppers, even when dried and ground, help boost fat burning capacity and may even lower blood pressure.

Add some homemade chicken to complete the meal and add even more protein for sustained energy. Whip up some infused water or iced tea and take your healthy meal outdoors to have a picnic to enjoy the spring weather. Our spicy side dish isn’t half bad served cold.

Spicy quinoa and sweet potato side dish

  • 1 3/4 cups quinoa
  • 2 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Rinse the quinoa well in a metal sieve or cloth-lined colander to get rid of the bitterness. Add rinsed quinoa to a medium saucepan with 3/4 cup water, 1 1/4 cups chicken broth, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let the quinoa mixture come to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and cover the pan with a lid, leaving a small space for steam to escape. It will take about 15 minutes for all the liquid to absorb and the quinoa to cook.

While the quinoa is cooking, add the olive oil to a large pan over medium heat. Sautee the red onion and garlic until onions are translucent. Add the dry spices to the pan and stir for about a minute while the flavors meld. Pour in the 1 1/2 cups chicken broth remaining, 1/2 teaspoon salt, jalapeno and sweet potatoes. Bring heat up to medium-high and let simmer, stirring occasionally. When sweet potatoes are tender and liquid has reduced, add them to quinoa and mix in cilantro and lime juice. Taste for salt and serve.

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