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    • Tal Ronnen- The Conscious Cook

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    •  7/6/2010 8:33:23 AM
    • I am excited to share this recipe with you!  Maintenance Mommy recieved permission to share some of

      Tal Ronnen's recipes on our site.  We "Whole Food Mommies" absolutely LOVE Tal Ronnen's "The Conscious Cook".  It has fabulous VEGAN recipes with wonderful pictures.  I always get excited looking through it, because most of the recipes seem very doable!

       

      Here is a SALAD that I made using Tal Ronnen's recipe:

      QUINOA, AVOCADO, and SWEET POTATO TIMBALE with ROASTED TOMATILLO DRESSING

       

      I made a few changes to make it slightly easier- and I use a different tomatillo dressing because I could never find one of his ingredients (tomatillos in olive oil).

       

      This is such a fun and easy recipe to make!  My kids LOVE it!  And the presentation makes me feel really cool!  The recipe might look long and hard...but I was surprised how simple it was to put together.

       

       

      SWEET POTATO AVOCADO QUINOA SALAD

       

      Ingredients

       

      For the Quinoa:

      Cilantro Lime Quinoa- cooled to room temperature (recipe here)

       

      For the sweet potatoes:

      1 sweet potato (not yam) peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice

      2 tsp olive oil

      Salt and pepper

       

      For the dressing:

      Creamy Tomatillo Dressing (recipe here)

       

      For the tortilla strips:

      I have used pre-made packaged tortilla strips (Fresh Gourmet- Sante Fe flavor)

      OR to make from scratch

      Canola oil

      2 corn tortillas, cut into 1/4-inch strips

      1 tsp Cajun seasoning

       

      To serve:

      2 AVOCADOS, diced

      1 TOMATO, diced

       

      DIRECTIONS

       

      1.  Make the quinoa and set aside

       

      2.  Make the sweet potatoes:  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a small bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with the oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, or until soft in the middle and lightly browned (I usually roast them 20 minutes- I like them when they are more roasted).

       

      3.  Make the dressing

       

      4.  Make the tortilla strips if desired OR use a pre-packaged brand.  Pour 2 inches of oil into a small, heavy pot and heat until the oil shimmers.  Add the tortilla strips and fry until crisp and browned, 1 to 2 minutes.  Drain on paper towells and sprinkle with the Cajun seasoning.

       

      5.  Assemble the salads:  Place a 3-inch ring mold in the center of the salad plate (I use a wide-mouth mason jar ring for this).  Fill with 1/4 of the quinoa mixture and press down with a spoon to pack the mold, smoothing the top.  Place 1/4 of the sweet potato pieces on top of the quinoa and press down gently.  Top with 1/4 of the avocado and press down gently.  Carefully remove the mold.  Repeat on the remaining salad plates.

       

      6.  Carefully place tortilla stips and diced tomatoes on top of the salads and drizzle with the dressing.

       

      Makes 4 large servings

       

       

      Here is how it looks without the mold...not as pretty- but just as yummy!

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