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Grilled Lamb and Sweetpotato Kabobs with Quinoa, Garlic, Lemon, and Mint

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Grilled Lamb and Sweetpotato Kabobs with Quinoa, Garlic, Lemon, and Mint

Lamb has a natural sweetness that makes it a perfect pairing for sweetpotatoes. For example, we love baked sweetpotatoes with broiled lamb chops and grilled sweetpotato wedges with lamburgers. And we bet you would, too.

Here, we take the combo to new heights, adding lemon, olive oil, tons of garlic, and fresh mint. Great for a weekend barbeque with friends or a weeknight dinner with family, it’s all good.

Grilled Lamb and Sweetpotato Kabobs with Quinoa, Garlic, Lemon, and Mint

Grilled Lamb and Sweetpotato Kabobs with Quinoa, Garlic, Lemon, and Mint

Serves 6

Ingredients:
3 lemons
12 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided, plus more to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper, divided, plus more to taste
3/4 cup olive oil
1 boneless leg of lamb (about 3 pounds), cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 pounds orange- or yellow-fleshed sweetpotatoes, or a combination, cut into 1-inch dice
1 cup quinoa
3/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

Special equipment: about 18 10-inch metal skewers (see note)

Instructions:

  1. Zest the lemons. Juice the zested lemons to yield 6 tablespoons of juice. In a small bowl, combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 3/4 teaspoon of the pepper, whisking to dissolve the salt. Whisk in the oil. Set aside 2/3 cup of the mixture, then transfer the remaining mixture to a large resealable bag and add the lamb and sweetpotatoes. Seal the bag, squeezing out as much air as possible, and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for as long as overnight. (If refrigerated, return to room temperature before proceeding.)

  2. Cook the quinoa according to package directions.

  3. Meanwhile, preheat a grill to medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Thread the lamb and sweetpotatoes onto skewers (discard the marinade). Sprinkle the skewers on all sides with the remaining 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 3/4 teaspoon of pepper. Grill the skewers, turning on all sides, until the lamb is done to your liking and the sweetpotatoes are lightly charred and tender, about 15 minutes for medium-rare.

  4. Stir the tomatoes, scallions, about half of the mint, and about 2/3 of the remaining lemon mixture into the quinoa. Arrange the quinoa on plates or a platter and top with the skewers. Drizzle with the remaining lemon mixture, sprinkle with the remaining mint, and serve.

  5. Note: It’s easiest to thread sweetpotatoes onto metal skewers. If you prefer to use wood or bamboo, try “pre-drilling” the sweetpotatoes with a metal skewer or something similar. (And as always, soak wood or bamboo skewers in water at least 10 minutes before using them on the grill.)

Recipe developed in partnership with the California Sheep Commission

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Southwestern Sweetpotato Quinoa Bowl

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Southwestern Sweetpotato Quinoa Bowl

Our friend Gaby is at it again. This time, she packs a whole lot of superfood goodness into one delicious bowl with this recipe. 

Ingredients

For the bowl:

1 cup quinoa

1 bunch kale, finely sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium lime, juiced

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

2 avocados

1 14-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

1⁄4 cup crumbled cotija cheese

Kosher salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste

 

For the Sweetpotatoes:

2 medium California sweetpotatoes (about 11⁄2 pounds), sliced into small, 1⁄4-­inch cubes

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt

 

One recipe Cilantro Vinaigrette 

Instructions

For the Sweetpotatoes:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. On a large baking sheet, toss together the cubed California sweetpotatoes, oliveoil, salt, pepper and cumin and paprika. Once coated, evenly distribute the sweetpotatoes on the baking sheet.

  3. Transfer the California sweetpotatoes into the oven and roast for 25­-30 minutes until they are fork tender.

For the bowl:

  1. Cook the quinoa according to the package directions. Set aside.

  2. Toss the kale, olive oil, lime juice and salt in a large bowl and then add small groupings of the avocados, quinoa, black beans, cotija and sweetpotatoes. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and serve alongside the cilantro vinaigrette.

Original blog post can be found here.

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Loaded Southwestern Quinoa Sweetpotatoes

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Loaded Southwestern Quinoa Sweetpotatoes

Bring your “A” game to the kitchen table and come fully prepared for your guests to be grabbing for seconds with MJ and Hungry Man’s Loaded Southwestern Quinoa Sweetpotatoes. This sweetpotato dish is locked and loaded with chicken, black beans, corn, quinoa  and more! 

Ingredients

8 California sweetpotatoes, washed & scrubbed

1 cup quinoa (I used ½ cup white & ½ cup red)

1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken

1 (15 oz) can low-sodium black beans, rinsed & drained

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1 (10 oz) can Rotel (diced tomatoes w/ lime juice & cilantro)

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp salt & pepper

1 Tbs fresh lime juice

1 cup Mexican blend cheese

Cilantro for topping

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Pierce sweetpotatoes with fork and wrap individually in foil. Bake for 45-50 min, or until fork tender.

1.       In the meanwhile, cook quinoa. Once cooked, add to large mixing bowl along with rest of ingredients, except for cheese and cilantro.

2.       Once potatoes are done, take them out of the oven and wait until they cool slightly, about 5 minutes. (leave the oven on). Slice in half lengthwise and stuff with generous amount of quinoa filling. Top with cheese and place back in the oven and bake until cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

3.       Top with cilantro and more lime juice, if you'd like, and dig in!

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Stuffed Sweetpotato Skins with Quinoa, Black Beans, and Feta

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Stuffed Sweetpotato Skins with Quinoa, Black Beans, and Feta

Here’s a simple, healthy, and hearty way to enjoy sweetpotatoes—stuffed with cumin-laced quinoa, black beans, steamed kale, and cheese, then topped with scallions and cilantro. It’s perfect for both a weeknight dinner and for game day with the gang. 

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Stuffed Sweetpotato Skins with Quinoa, Black Beans, and Feta

Serves 3 to 6

Ingredients:
3 medium orange- or yellow-fleshed California sweetpotatoes (about 12 ounces each), halved lengthwise
1/4 cup quinoa
1 tablespoon ground cumin
Salt
3 cups shredded kale or baby kale leaves
Pepper
1 cup drained black beans
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)
2 scallions, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  2. Arrange the sweetpotatoes cut side down on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake until tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Turn the sweetpotatoes cut side up and set aside until cool enough to handle (leave the oven on).

  3. While the sweetpotatoes are baking, cook the quinoa according to package directions, adding the cumin to the saucepan along with the quinoa. Remove from the heat, add salt to taste, and set aside covered to keep warm.

  4. Also while the sweetpotatoes are baking, in a steamer, double boiler, or microwave oven, steam the kale until tender. Remove from the heat and set aside uncovered to prevent overcooking.

  5. Scoop out the sweetpotatoes, leaving about 1/2-inch of flesh inside each skin (save the scooped flesh for another use). Arrange the skins cut side up on the baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with the quinoa, beans, kale, and cheese and bake until the sweetpotatoes are heated through and the cheese is browned, about 10 minutes.

  6. Sprinkle with the scallions and cilantro and serve.

Recipe courtesy of The Fresh Beet

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