Sweet Potato and Apple Quinoa Recipe

sweet potato and apple quinoa recipe

If you are looking for a substitute to the traditional Thanksgiving stuffing this sweet potato and apple quinoa is just what you need. It’s made with nutrient-rich quinoa plus many other healthy ingredients like sweet potatoes, apples and hazelnuts this recipe won’t leave you feeling guilty for overindulging on Thanksgiving or any other holiday.

Quinoa is high in fiber, protein and is gluten free. Adding quinoa to your diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, colon cancer and obesity. This is a great side dish to offer this Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday for anyone that is watching their diet.

Sweet Potato and Apple Quinoa Recipe

Sweet Potato and Apple Quinoa Recipe


  • 1 package quinoa
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 honeycrisp apples
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • pinch of thyme
  • pinch of salt


  • Peel and cube sweet potatoes, chop onions and slice apples and toss with 1/2 juice of a lemon.
  • Mix together sweet potatoes, onions and apples in a bowl and mix in 100% maple syrup, cinnamon and ginger. Put in roasting pan and roast for 25 minutes.
  • Note: the last 5 minutes of roasting time mix in hazelnuts and dried cranberries.
  • While mixture is roasting cook quinoa according to the directions on the package.
  • Once potatoes and apple mixture is finished combine mixture and quinoa in a bowl.
  • Add a pinch of salt and thyme toss and serve.

Sweet Potato and Apple Quinoa Recipe Tips:

This recipe is great as a leftover lunch dish. Just reheat and serve.

Also, feel free to modify with more cinnamon or ginger if you want more of that flavor.

Megan Bireta is a wife, and mother of two active boys. Working out is "me" time. I love yoga, cooking, baking, eating healthy, spending time with family and friends and watching my boys play sports. I hope to help others get motivated and live healthier, happier lives!


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