Tropical Quinoa Pilaf with Coconut, Sweet Potatoes and Kale

Tropical Quinoa Pilaf with Coconut, Sweet Potatoes and Kale

Recipe Rating: 3.22092
Serves 6
Coconut oil and a handful of macadamia nuts give this hearty pilaf an unexpected tropical note. For the best flavor, use a virgin coconut oil that has a deep, pronounced coconut perfume.
  • 2 cups tricolor quinoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus pinch fine sea salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch Lacinato (or dinosaur) kale, tough stems and ribs removed, leaves thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread quinoa out on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool. In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups water to a boil over high heat. Add pinch of salt and quinoa, lower the heat to low, cover and simmer until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let quinoa sit, covered, for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, increase the oven temperature to 400°F. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil on a large rimmed baking sheet or small roasting pan and heat briefly in the oven until melted. Swirl the pan to coat, add sweet potato, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and toss to combine. Spread sweet potato out in a single layer and roast until tender and lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Let cool. 

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add kale and cook, stirring, until wilted and just tender but still bright green, 3 to 4 minutes. 

Using a fork, fluff quinoa and transfer to a large bowl. Add sweet potato, kale mixture and lime juice and stir to combine. Garnish with macadamia nuts and serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 350 calories (120 from fat), 14g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 150mg sodium, 47g carbohydrates, (16 g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 11g protein.
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