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Vanessa Cassani Signature

Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potato with Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • Author: Vanessa
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


A hearty plant-based dinner using only 10 ingredients!



Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potato!

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 15oz can or 1.5 cups black beans
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt and cumin, plus more to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup green onion, sliced
  • optional: Top with your favorite veggies, examples listing above!

Cilantro Lime Sauce!

  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 24 small limes, juiced
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup water to thin
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt plus more to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Poke a few holes in the sweet potatoes with a sharp knife to allow steam to escape.
  2. Once oven is hot, place sweet potatoes on a baking dish and bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour, or until tender to the touch. Time will vary depending on size of potato.
  3. In the meantime, heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add quinoa and toast for 3-5 minutes, or until all water is evaporated and quinoa is fragrant and slightly toasted.
  4. Add water and bring to a simmer. Then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy.
  5. Remove quinoa from heat and add cooked veggies, beans, and season with a pinch sea salt. Stir, adjust seasonings as desired, and set aside, slightly covered.
  6. To prepare dressing, add all ingredients to a blender and blend. Scrape down sides as needed.
  7. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more lime, salt, water for thinning. Set aside.
  8. Prepare any remaining toppings, such as chopped onion, sliced avocado, cilantro (optional).
  9. To serve split open baked potatoes and gently press in on both ends to allow room for toppings. Fill each potato with quinoa mixture.
  10. Top with a healthy drizzle of the cilantro lime sauce, and any other desired toppings


Store leftover separately in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 527
  • Sugar: 9.5g
  • Fat: 22.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 72.6g
  • Fiber: 13.1g
  • Protein: 14.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0g