Roasted Sweet Potato, Black Bean, & Honey-Lime Quinoa

by Kelli H. on December 6, 2013

Man, oh man! What a week! We got home late from Truckee on Sunday night. On our drive home I started noticing I was having a dry scratchy throat. I upped my vitamins a little that night and Monday morning, but it didn’t quite help enough. Basically Tuesday and Wednesday I was a wreck. I’m not really sure what I caught but it wasn’t fun. Home in bed for 2 days is never fun. Thank god for Netflix or I think I would have went stir crazy.

And now here it is the end of the work week. How does that even happen? I definitely didn’t accomplish everything I wanted this week. House chores were set aside, cooking was nonexistent. Well, Monday night before I really came down with it I had Marin Mama’s delicious cauliflower soup, bread, and salad. I will definitely be making that soup again and again! It was so simple and delicious.

A couple weeks before Thanksgiving I made this dish. It’s definitely one of my favorite quinoa dishes to date. Even David who isn’t usually a fan of a quinoa meal liked this one, though I’m sure he would have loved it more if I had included some chicken in it. Unfortunately for him I do love cooking vegetarian a few nights a week. What I really loved about this dish was the roasted sweet potatoes. They got real nice and crispy in the oven while everything was coming together. My second favorite part about this dish is the honey-lime dressing. I would totally use that dressing on even a regular green salad served with Mexican food. It’s pretty damn delicious.

This dish might seem like it has a lot going on but so many things can be done while the sweet potatoes are roasting; get your quinoa on the stove cooking or make it on the weekend ahead of time, and saute up the onions and get them really soft. After those three steps are done it is super simple. We ate this as our meal but it would also be really good as a side dish for a potluck type get together.

Roasted Sweet Potato, Black Bean,
& Honey-Lime Quinoa
Recipe inspired by Cooking Classy

1.5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 sweet potatoes or about 1 pound, peeled and diced
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 3/4 cup water
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup corn
3 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon corriander
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 
1 (15 oz) black beans, drained & rinsed 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Roast in oven for 15 minutes. Stir up the potatoes and roast another 15 minutes or until browned.

2. In a medium pot; bring water to a boil. Pour in quinoa and stir. Lower heat to a simmer and place lid on top. Cook for 18 minutes. Remove lid and fluff.

3. In a saute pan over medium heat; add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and onions. Saute for about 5 minutes or until soft. Add in garlic and saute for 1 minute. Stir in corn and saute for 1 minute. Set aside.

4. In a small bowl; whisk together lime juice, smoked paprika, cumin, corriander, honey, and cilantro.

5. In a large bowl; combine roasted sweet potatoes, quinoa, onion mixture, and dressing. Serve.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky @ Olives n Wine December 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Sweet potatoes, beans and quinoa? YUM! This recipe looks like it would be awesome to prep on the weekends for lunches throughout the week.


Made in Sonoma December 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm

That would be a great idea!


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic December 6, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I’m always looking for new quinoa recipes and this looks soooo good!


~Aunt Shellie~ December 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Sorry you got that dam virus…everyone at work has it!
This looks amazing…I am going to make it this weekend with some BBQ chicken!


Made in Sonoma December 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm

MMM with some BBQ chicken this would be great!


Val December 8, 2013 at 3:53 am

Looks so healthy and delicious.


Sarah Cook December 8, 2013 at 7:19 am

Sorry you weren’t reeling well. I hope you’re all healed up now! I’ve felt off too recently . I think this cold weather is messing with me.

This quinoa looks amazing! I defiantly want to give it a try!


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