Even as a health coach with a pretty clean diet, sometimes a girl just need a little comfort food. It's rare that I get to participate in a greasy bar-food binge...someone needs to make an entirely gluten-free & vegan bar and I'm there. So for now, I'll settle on making delicious finger foods at home like these too-good-to-be-healthy sweet potato quinoa bites:
Ingredients [adapted from Hope for Healing's recipe]
2 c cooked quinoa [2 c water or vegetable broth w/ 1 c quinoa]
2-3 small sweet potatoes, baked, skinned & mashed
1 c gluten free flour
1/2 c nutritional yeast
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp each of paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, tumeric, cumin, sea salt and black pepper
2-3 green onion stalks, chopped
Prep Work: Cook your quinoa by boiling 2 cups water or vegetable broth w/ 1 cup rinsed quinoa. Cook until liquid is absorbed. Bake your sweet potatoes by poking a few holes in their skin with a fork & placing in the oven for 30-50 minutes, or until softened. Remove skin from sweet potato & mash together in a large bowl.
In the bowl with your mashed sweet potatoes, add cooked quinoa, flour, nutritional yeast, olive oil, spices, & green onions. Stir until combined. Using your hands or a rounded spoon, form your mixture into bite sized balls & place on a lined cookie sheet. Bake @ 375 F for 30 minutes or until outer layer is crispy.
For dip combine:
2 parts vegan mayo
part BBQ sauce
Serve with BBQ mayo or your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy.