Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stew

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Things I’ve been Loving all up on Lately:

1.) COOKBOOK LOVE!! Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love!! I love the love you’re giving me on Delicious Probiotic Drinks!! You sure know how to put a smile on a girl’s face!

2.) Green tea! Recently, I’ve replaced my coffee habit with a high octane green tea addiction.  Each morning, I make a green tea latte using almond milk and honey and Gyokuro Japanese Loose Green Tea OR Davidson’s Tea Matcha Green Powder. I have no oxidants in my body. Not a single one.

3.) The Huffington Post has become my eco-friendly version of picking up a trashy magazine in line at the grocery store (that’s not to say Huff Post is trashy. It’s not…until it is). One of my friends sent me this article, and I enjoyed the crap out of this, this, and this . Plus this infographic. Men: You’re like, “thanks, Julia. Thanks for wasting five of my precious clicks on your girly trash.” To which I respond, “here ya go.”

4.) Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, who writes The Bloggess . I haven’t had a whole lot of time to read lately, so I’ve literally been reading this book a few pages at a time right before bed. It’s a crack up! Recommend, recommend !!

5.) Sammy Kershaw’s Queen of my Double Wide Trailer  < – – – this will forever and always be my favorite song.

6.) Raw Cacao Powder < – – – but you already know I love this. I used this  Raw Certified Organic Cacao Powder to make these Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies. I love the health benefits of raw cacao powder and have been using it like mad lately given the fact that it’s hot chocolate season AND V Day is coming up. Tomorrow.

7.) Group text messages. Hollaaaaa.

8.) This soup!

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stew | www.theroastedroot.net

You met Andrea from Dishing Up the Dirt  recently when she posted her Kale Cesar Salad with Garlicy Chickpea Croutons up in here. Her food sings right down to my soul. I could live day in and day out off of Andrea’s recipes.

I made Andrea’s Sweet Potato Quinoa Stew with White Beans and Spinach on a frigid winter’s eve when all I wanted was to warm my hands and belly by enjoying a steamy bowl of soup. It hit the sweet spot like no soup has done for a long, long time! It’s so simple, yet so full of flavor, and so very cozy! I made a couple tiny changes to the recipe (due to availability of ingredients in my house). I will be making this soup time and again.

Sweet Potato Quinoa Stew #vegan


Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stew | www.theroastedroot.net

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stew

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Author: Julia


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 inch large sweet potato cut into 1/4 chunks
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 15- ounce can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 15- ounce can cannellini beans
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1 quart low sodium vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, sweet potato, quinoa, salt, and cayenne pepper. Cook for about 3 more minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable stock and beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in coconut milk and spinach and allow soup to cook an additional 5 minutes to allow spinach to wilt. If soup is too thick add a bit more stock or water. Season to taste with plenty of salt and pepper.

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  1. Julie

    What? Spinach instead of kale? Yum. You know what my one beef about sweet potatoes is? They are incredibly hard to cut up into cubes. Or, maybe that’s just me. I put a sweet potato in my pot pie I instagrammed (how do you spell that?) the other day and had a terrible time getting those cubes even. Worst Chef in America (or whatever that show is called) would have a hey day with me and my chopping skills. Damn them. I’ll stick to pies. Where was this going? Oh, yes. Making this soup and soon!!

    1. Julia Post author

      You just gave me a great idea for a blog post! I’ve been thinking for a while about doing a tutorial on how to chop sweet taters into cubes and I think I may just do it.. Sweet taters, beets, turnips…all that round/tubular stuff can be chopped the same way. HMM! GREAT idea, Julie! I’ve been pretty worn out on kale (surprised?), so I welcomed the spinach with open arms. YOU WILL LOVE THIS SOUP! Andrea did an amazing job…as always. 🙂 <3 Hope your week is going well so far!!

      1. Julie

        Hey, it’s almost over, so that’s fine with me. We even had a teeny tiny warm up (like up to 33 degrees, so it’s like a heat wave and people are wearing shorts and stuff). It’s that the sweet potatoes are so hard…much harder than regular potatoes and I’m pretty dangerous with sharp knifes (you wouldn’t believe the scars on my hands). I think that would be a great tutorial. Hope your weekend goes well. Been thinking about you….

    1. Julia Post author

      Haha! I get so lost (or so found) on the Huffington Post…and have been doing waaaay too much online shopping. Is it obvious? So glad you love Andrea’s work too. That girl slaps me silly with her awesomeness! <3

  2. tina

    I made your black bean, quinoa, and sweet potato chili last night and it was beyond wonderful. I really enjoyed the 2 chipotle peppers, but I think I’ll keep it to one when I make it for my family. Also purchased your new book for my sister and she loves it: perfect snowy day present. xoxo

    1. Julia Post author

      OH GREAT! I’m so glad! I love that chili and can definitely see keeping it on the milder side when serving it to youngsters and/or folks who aren’t super into spicy food. Meaty chilis are totally my jam, but I think I like that sweet potato and quinoa chili even better 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing, my dear!

  3. Abby

    I’ve been loving green tea lately too! Can’t get enough. I’m thinking a cup of green tea and that book would make a perfectly relaxing morning this weekend!

  4. margaret

    love your blog and recipes and now LOVE you even more for “queen of my doublewide trailer”. Made my husband watch the video just last week while I sang along to every last word. Now he is sure I am the ONE!

  5. Joanne

    I feel this strong compulsion to put that infographic on our wall! LIke, things to live by if we want a happy marriage. 😛

    This STEW. I feel an obsession coming on.

    1. Julia Post author

      Funny you mention it, I’ve been wanting to share a green tea/matcha latte on my blog. I think I’ll just have to do it now!! Thanks!

  6. Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes

    This looks sooo comforting!! I like those Huffington Post articles. I read the one about being single. Huffington Post can be SO good -informative but also entertaining. 😀 I am bookmarking this stew for later! Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Janie, You can get full-fat canned coconut milk in the ethnic section of your grocery store. I typically buy Thai brand, which comes in a red can. It’s not sweetened, just straight coconut milk 🙂 Hope you try the recipe, it’s lovely!!

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