Thursday, February 3, 2011

Chorizo, Sweet Potatoes And Peppers Over Quinoa

Long time no post, eh? When I ran out of peanut M&Ms yesterday, I decided that I really, really needed to cook something that might include some vegetables. And by vegetables, I felt that meant something other than the lettuce I was putting on my peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches. (Hey, when I get into a funk, I funk quite well don't I?)

Hubby and I both loved this dish. The heat from the chilies was perfectly paired with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and the smokiness from the cumin. If you don't care for mild to moderate heat, you can cut back on the chilies, but I found it to be perfect as is.

Chorizo, Sweet Potatoes and Anaheim Chilies With Quinoa

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
4 whole Anaheim chilies
1 TBSP olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
8 ounces fresh chorizo
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup quinoa, cooked per package instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with non-stick foil or regular foil sprayed with cooking spray. Place sweet potatoes in a mixing bowl and drizzle with two teaspoons of the olive oil. Season with salt, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper. Spread in a single layer onto baking sheet. Rub the chilies with remaining tsp of oil, place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.

Place baking sheet in oven and roast vegetables for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and stir sweet potatoes and turn over peppers. Return pan to oven and roast for another 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and peppers are slightly charred.

While vegetables are roasting, place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the chorizo. Crumble it as it starts to brown and then add the onions. Saute until onions have softened, 7-8 minutes, then add the garlic. Saute for another minute or two. Remove from heat.

Also while vegetables are roasting, prepare the quinoa according to package instructions.

Slice the chilies, remove the seeds and dice.

Add the chilies and sweet potatoes to the chorizo mixture and stir to combine. Serve over quinoa. Garnish with sour cream if desired.

21 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

This looks and sounds delicious. My husband would love it.

June said...

ah YUM! Looks like a great "warm up" kinda' dinner Mags. Nothin' like a little spice!

Karen said...

Hmm, I think I like the idea of green chiles with sweet potato. I have some quinoa in the pantry and have yet to try it!

Karen Harris said...

Oh my this does look delicious. Some of my favorite flavors are in this dish and I LOVE quinoa.

Mary said...

This looks fabulous! Love it! xx

Julie said...

This looks delicious. Nice to read your post! I miss reading them!

From the Kitchen said...

A tip of the hat to peanut M&Ms--aren't they considered a "complete food"? This dish does look and sound exceptionally good as an alternative!! = )

Best,
Bonnie

The Mom Chef said...

Good to see you here! I think about you often (especially since this is the year I turn 50).

This does look fantastic. I love roasted peppers. What an aroma and flavor (funny how the word aroma is so much better than smell, huh?).

Take care, my friend.

Nanan said...

I love your photos - so rich - I like the direction you are focusing your energies! I would love to taste this - just the way you made it!

stephchows said...

welcome back with such a tasty dish!

Jenn said...

genius! i'm always searching for new additions to my daily quinoa lunch...thanks!

Moogie said...

Super recipe. And the photo is fantastic. Did you have a sunny day?

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum! This looks fabulous! I've been on quite the chorizo kick lately, and I love it paired with sweet potatoes!

scrambledhenfruit said...

So many flavors! I love the roast sweet potatoes and peppers. :)

Paula said...

with sweet potatoes it must be delicious!

detroiteats.wordpress.com said...

Roasting vegetables is a great technique. You really get the sweetness.

Shelby said...

If your desparate for M&M's shoot me an email. I'll make sure to stock you up. ;)

BTW, the dish sounds yum. I'm loving anything that is served or incorporates Quinoa.

Tessa said...

This looks like a great way to "healthify" things a little bit. =) I love sweet potatoes in savory dishes, and this one looks yummy!

Amanda said...

Sounds marvelous Mags! I've only had quinoa once but it was wonderful!

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

You definitely caught my attention with the very first ingredient -- sweet potatoes -- and then things just kept on getting even better with each succeeding ingredient. I'm embarrassed to say that I'm still a quinoa virgin, Mags, but this sensational recipe inspires me to buy some pronto, as in tomorrow morning!

Jasmine said...

usually i skip over any recipes that call for chorizo, since i'm not a huge sausage fan, but this looks so filling and tasty that i will have to try it.