Wash and scrub sweet potatoes. Wrap in aluminum foil. Place in hot oven for 30-45 minutes or until a fork enters easily into potato.
Rinse quinoa if needed and drain well.
Place quinoa and vegetable broth in a pan and bring to a boil. When it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and allow to cook for 10-15 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender done. Set aside covered until potatoes are almost done.
When potatoes are close to being ready, heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add onion. Cook five minutes or until onions are translucent and slightly golden. Add garlic and cook another 60 seconds. Next, add spinach and sauté until wilted. When ready, add quinoa and stir to mix ingredients.
Combine white wine, soy sauce and nutritional yeast in a small bowl and mix to dissolve yeast. Add to quinoa and spinach mixture. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.
Prepare potatoes for serving
When potatoes are ready, remove from oven and unwrap. Cut in half. Use a fork break up the potato. Top each potato with half the quinoa mixture (about ¾ cup each) and then 1 T of toasted walnuts on each potato.
Top tips for cooking success:
Choose potatoes that are close to the same size. That way they will take about the same amount of time to cook.
You can use any type of quinoa but for some texture, tri-color or a mixture of white with some red or black is best.
When choosing a wine, I find cooking with any type of inexpensive, dry white wine works. You can even use cooking wine. And don’t worry, the alcohol in the wine cooks off but it does add a nice flavor to the final dish.
You can easily freezer leftovers. Simply cut the potato in half and mash up the inside. Then top with the spinach quinoa mixture and place in the freezer. To reheat, simply thaw it out and then reheat in the oven or microwave.
Don’t exclude the nutritional yeast since it really adds some great umami flavor. But if you don’t have it and eat cheese, adding parmesan cheese or another hard cheese will work just fine as well.