Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa

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Today’s recipe hails from the Pacific Northwest. It’s our first in our 4-day vegan mini-series from Kingston Girl, a mom to furry babies whose family has lived in the same little town for 5 generations. Her blog is adorable (we have the same designer!), so check it out! 

From Kingston Girl… I love my Husband, my family & friends, reality TV, diet cokes, magazines, fashion, friends, the color red, cooking, decorating, all thing Twilight, my puppies, the BEACH, laughing. The rain, farmers markets, the simple little town life.  I am amazed every day at the love and Support is given to the people in this wonderful town…..& all it has given me….. the life I live. I am a blogger, a freelance writer. I work with three news papers and hope to one day sooner than later to start to write books.

This is quinoa growing wildly, for those who were curious:


1 medium onion, diced
3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
1 carrot, finely grated
1/2 can black beans, slightly drained
1/2 of 1 baked sweet potato, flesh scooped out
1/2 cup quinoa, cooked (I was confused by this direction, not sure if it meant half a cup of cooked quinoa or what–so I interpreted it as, take 1/2 cup dry quinoa and prepare it, and use what results–which is way more than 1/2 cup after it’s all soaked, of course! That seemed to work fine, so I think that is what they meant.)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 Tb caraway seeds
3 Tb chopped cilantro (I used 1 Tb dried)
2 Tb tomato paste or ketchup
hot sauce or cayenne pepper to taste
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:1. Saute onion and garlic in non-stick skillet.
2. Add beans to pan and cook for 2 minutes more, stirring now and then.
3. Turn off heat. Mash beans in pan till they’re about half crushed. Put in big bowl with all the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. If too moist, add more bread crumbs.
4. Form into patties. Grill or bake.

Note: These were marvelous baked in the oven and put on buns with lots of rhubarb chutney and tomato and lettuce. I have not yet played with the amounts to come up with how to convert it to a “meat”loaf or “meat”balls but I bet it would be good that way.

Note 2: You can also soak sundried tomatoes and/or dried mushrooms and cut them up and add to the mix.

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  1. 1
    Brandy says:

    I love me a new recipe for quinoa! Interesting that you added caraway seeds… guess I’ll have to go buy some!

  2. 2

    I love quinoa. This sounds so good. Thank you for sharing the recipe

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