Sweet Potato and Broccoli Salad Bake (Protein Recipe)
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Looking for a recipe that’s super simple, and full of all the good stuff?
Then a super easy sweet potato and broccoli salad would be a great main dish for you.
It’s super simple to throw together, leaving you longer to go and catch up with your loved ones while it’s cooking.
Three, two, one, bake!
We’ve called this one a salad bake because it is a merging of two ideas.
A scrummy salad, and an awesome traybake – they’re a great idea, who doesn’t love easy recipes?!
For this sweet potato traybake, we’re taking small cubes of sweet potato (or do thin slices if you prefer) and cutting up broccoli florets to start.
You could use regular potatoes if you can’t get sweet potatoes but just be aware it would alter the nutritional information.
We’re going to be throwing down some edamame beans on the baking sheet too, but they need to go in a little later.
To get these glorious veggies to sing, we need to roast them in a lovely marinade.
You’ll need to mix olive oil, chili, parsley, garlic, and green onion in a small bowl, and coat.
Get them all in a single layer and spread out so they cook evenly, don’t forget parchment paper so they don’t stick to the tray, then pop in the oven.
Sheet pan dinners are such a big hit especially when you’ve had a busy day! You could even use this as an excuse to eat up any leftover veggies you have in the fridge – it’s one of our favorite recipes for leftover vegetables!
Don’t forget to dress up this sweet potato and broccoli bake for the occasion!
Once those simple ingredients are roasting to perfection, you’re going to make the dressing to go over the rest of the salad at the end.
After this, our delicious recipe is nearly complete.
The final star of the show is quinoa! A super addition to this already healthy dinner, quinoa is really going to help fill you up until your next meal.
When it’s ready get out your best serving dish, season with a dash of salt and black pepper, and let the whole family dig in!
Let the superfoods do the talking
We love sweet potato recipes, they’re full of all the good stuff to make your body smile inside.
The health benefits of broccoli are amazing, not only is it high in Vitamin C, but it also has more protein per gram than most vegetables.
Sweet potatoes are nutritious, fiber-rich carbohydrates, however, as always you should consider the carbohydrate content of your meals if you’re a diabetic.
They have a lower glycaemic index compared to regular potatoes but that can change depending on the cooking method.
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Plant-based protein is going to give you a great boost!
The health benefits of edamame beans are really going to add to this hearty salad.
At over 18 grams of plant protein per cup, these little gems are great gluten-free, low-carb ingredients to throw into salads like this one.
Quinoa is classed as a whole protein as it contains not some, but all of your essential amino acids. It’s also high in fiber like sweet potatoes.
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Top time-saving tips for your sweet potato and broccoli traybake!
Our favorite thing about sheet pan meals is that they make super easy dinners. We want to make recipes like this one as quick for you as possible.
Follow some of our top tips to speed things up even more!
- We’ve chosen pre-cooked edamame beans to keep that pan washing to a minimum.
- Why not double this effort and buy microwavable quinoa if you can – another pan bites the dust!
- If you’re super stretched for time, or even just a bit lazy (we won’t judge!) buy pre-cut broccoli and sweet potato that’s already been cubed.
- Why not meal prep some roasted broccoli and roasted sweet potatoes at the start of the week? They would keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days, then all you’d have to do is prep your dressing and bung the bag of quinoa in the microwave.
On to the recipe!
- 9 oz sweet potato (1 medium sweet potato)
- 9 oz broccoli
- 1 red chili pepper
- 2 sprigs parsley, fresh
- 2 clove garlic
- 1 green onion
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup edamame beans (pre-cooked)
- ½ cup quinoa
- 2 oz baby spinach
- 1 tsp ginger, fresh (finely grated)
- 1 ¼ tbsp apple vinegar
- 2 tsp sugar
- 4 ½ tsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 ½ tsp sesame oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200 C. Cook quinoa according to package instructions.½ cup quinoa
- Wash the sweet potato and cut half and then dice it in ice cube sized pieces.9 oz sweet potato
- Cut broccoli into small florets.9 oz broccoli
- Thinly slice chilli, parsley, garlic and green onion and add to a bowl with olive oil and 3 tbsp water.1 red chili pepper, 2 sprigs parsley, fresh, 2 clove garlic, 1 green onion, 1 tbsp olive oil
- Lay sweet potato and broccoli on a baking sheet. Top with the olive oil mix, salt and black pepper per taste. Toss a little.Salt and pepper to taste
- Bake for 23 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and broccoli are tender. Then add the edamame beans to the baking sheet and toss. Get back to the oven for 2 minutes.1 cup edamame beans
- Meanwhile, to make the dressing mix the grated ginger, apple vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Allow to rest so the ginger infuses.1 tsp ginger, fresh, 1 ¼ tbsp apple vinegar, 2 tsp sugar, 4 ½ tsp low sodium soy sauce, 1 ½ tsp sesame oil
- To serve, lay the quinoa as a base and top with roasted veggies and spinach. Drizzle dressing and enjoy.2 oz baby spinach
Sweet potato and broccoli salad FAQs
What tastes good with sweet potatoes?
We’d say most veg go well with sweet potatoes, and also cheese, especially cheddar and feta like in our cheesy mash recipe. It’s a great example of contrasting those sweet and umami flavors.
Is it best to boil sweet potatoes before roasting?
No, you don’t need to boil sweet potatoes before roasting them, why waste more time and create more washing up for yourself?
Roasting alone gives you a nice tender result and they may even caramelize on the edges a bit, ooo yum!
What are good toppings for baked sweet potatoes?
Try some of these great veggie options to top baked sweet potatoes,
- Classic cheese and beans
- Homemade chunky slaw
- Beany chili
- Veggie bolognese sauce
We hope you’ve loved our sweet potato and broccoli salad recipe and that it fast becomes one of your favorite dishes to make (if you did like it, you should really try some of these sweet bake potato bake recipes).
The whole thing is such a simple process and it could work great as a main course or even as a light lunch (or even as a quick Easter recipe).
One of the best things, we think you’ll agree, is the amount of washing up it removes. Good food doesn’t have to take hours to create.
Come back soon for the next new addition to the Hurry The Food Up recipe collection!