If it’s not clear yet, I’m all about bowls. Gimme a grain + a green + a delicious sauce and I’m a happy camper. One of my favorite veggie combos is kale and sweet potatoes — they make such a great pair, both flavor-wise and texture-wise. Today’s bowl gives kale + sweet potatoes the chance to team up with quinoa and a gingery peanut sauce for a nutritious, flavorful meal. A drizzle of fresh lime juice is the perfect finishing touch!
Sorry for the subpar photo!
Kale, Sweet Potato, & Quinoa Bowl with Ginger-Peanut Sauce
For the Bowl
- 3 cups cooked quinoa
- 1.5 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2″ cubes
- 1 large bunch kale, roughly chopped (I used lacinato kale, but curly kale would be great too)
- 1/2 lime for serving
- Chopped peanuts or hemp seeds for serving (optional)
For the Sauce
- 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
- Scant 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
- 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon sambal oelek
- Water to thin the sauce
Using your favorite steaming method, steam the sweet potatoes for about 10 minutes or until they’re fork-tender. While they’re steaming, you can chop the kale or prepare the sauce. To make the sauce, whisk together all the ingredients and add enough water to emulsify the mixture. You can add more or less water depending on how thin or thick you like your sauce. Set the prepared sauce aside.
When the sweet potatoes are fork-tender, remove them from the steamer and set them aside. Add the chopped kale and steam it for about 5 minutes or until it’s tender enough for your tastes. (I leave the stems on, so I like to make sure they’re tender too.)
To assemble the bowls, add the quinoa, top with kale, and then top with sweet potatoes. Add the sauce and a squeeze of fresh lime juice and toppings, if using. Enjoy!
In news that’s tangentially related to food, I’m going to New Zealand! I’m leaving this Thursday and staying with a friend who’s working there currently. She’s based in Auckland, but we have lots of adventures planned on both islands. I’ve been researching lots of tasty Auckland dining options, but let me know if you have recommendations! I’ll also be in the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Christchurch, and somewhere else on the South Island yet to be determined (probably near Arthur’s Pass).
Finally, as promised… I shaved my head! I raised nearly $700 for childhood cancer research thanks to the generosity of my friends, family, and coworkers. And you know what? Having a shaved head is awesome. I feel so bad-ass! (Not to mention that my showers are now so, so quick!) I’m excited to explore New Zealand with my new look. :)
4 thoughts on “Kale, Sweet Potato, & Quinoa Bowl with Ginger-Peanut Sauce (and, I’m going to New Zealand!)”
The bowl looks delicious — kale and sweet potatoes is a great combination. I was in New Zealand a long time ago and I loved it there. Not only is it fascinating and gorgeous, but the New Zealanders are the kindest people I’ve ever met. I got hideously sea sick on a boat in the Bay of Islands, but other than that, it was fabulous. You look great with a shaved head!
Thanks, Andrea! I had such a great time in NZ (post to come)… lots of ferries and no seasickness on my end, luckily! :D
You look awesome! As much as I loved your curly locks, you really rock a shaved head! And what a fantastic sum of money to raise :D
Adding this recipe to my menu plan for sure. I love these kind of dishes.
Aw, thanks! xoxo