Maple syrup & cayenne quinoa bowl


I made a pretty magical decision for lunch today. I decided to season small chunks of sweet potato and broccoli with olive oil, salt, cayenne pepper and cinnamon, then roast them for about 15 minutes. Then I threw them into a bowl with some quinoa (already made) and tofu, and topped it all off with a generous drizzle of maple syrup. Mixed it all up and made my mouth/stomach incredibly happy.

The dominant flavor is sweet, but you get a bit of a kick with the cayenne and a tiny bit of savory from the tofu. Real good. I only made enough for one portion but you could totally make a lot to save.

Here’s what you need:

  • olive oil
  • salt
  • maple syrup
  • cayenne pepper
  • sweet potatoes
  • broccoli (could substitute for something else or take it out but the sweet potato is definitely crucial.)
  • quinoa
  • tofu (could use chicken too!)

All you need to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • If you’re making quinoa, I’d suggest doing that now.
  • Cut the veggies into small pieces and toss into a bowl. Season. I used more cinnamon than cayenne pepper, don’t want to overdo either. Roast for 15 minutes or until soft/burnt to a crisp/whatever you prefer.
  • Throw quinoa, veggies and tofu into a bowl. Drizzle with maple syrup. I wouldn’t overdo the maple either — err on the side of caution and taste to see if it’s sweet enough.
  • Mix and enjoy.

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