Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

Warm quinoa salad with roasted butternut squash…sigh…it’s recipes like these that make fall even sweeter. šŸ™‚

I love walking down the street on a beautiful fall day, picking up my fruits and veggies and bringing them home to cook. This was one of those wonderful days.

I had a friend come over and wanted to try something new.Ā I bought butternut squash and had no idea what to do with it. I was thinking about making squash spaghetti but go lazy. šŸ˜› I still wanted to use the squash but wanted an easy, warm and yummy dish.Ā Quinoa is always a good and quick option. It takes me about 10 minutes to make (I have a pressure cooker) and is so versatile that it goes with just about anything.

In the end, I decided to make a warm quinoa salad with roasted butternut squash.

The result: amazing!

Ingredients for Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

  • 1 squash (I used acorn, but you can choose your fancy)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1.5 cups veggie broth
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas (or any other bean)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tbsp each olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice and freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds (or any other nut), chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • fresh chopped mint for garnish
  • salt & pepper to taste

DirectionsĀ for Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

  1. Ā Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Ā Cut squash in half, remove seeds and bake for about 25 minutes.
  3. Wash and cook quinoa in veggie broth
  4. Add all ingredients to the cooked quinoa and toss together
  5. Place quinoa mixture into the squash “bowl”
  6. Ā Enjoy with your favourite side of greens

ForĀ a video of another acorn squash recipe (which is also pretty entertaining), thisĀ out.

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Best Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

Best Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

This is the best butternut squash soup with coconut milk. How dare I make such a claim, you ask? Let me explain.

You see after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease back in 2010 butternut squash soups were one of my go-to anti inflammatory meals. Irfan, my partner, firstĀ made this soup for me as part of my first birthday post Crohn’s. I had only been diagnosed a couple of months back and was still very new to the world of anti inflammatory food. It was a pretty gloomy time to be honest. Though I accepted my the life change to cleaner and anti inflammatory foods, I had, out of ignorance, also believed that I would sacrifice taste.

Lucky for me, I was so very wrong. So very incredibly wrong.

Irfan made an amazing spread of the perfect anti inflammatory birthday meal. It was complete with a veggie burger, sweet potato fries, cake and this recipe for the best butternut squash soup with coconut milk.

I think this was my favourite part of the meal! I have since made this soup so many times and it is always a hit!

Sometimes, when I go on an anti candida cleanse, I am not able to have coconut. This is why you will also find a recipe for butternut squash soup without coconut on this blog. šŸ™‚

I’ve tried many variations but always come back to this recipe. This recipe for the best butternut squash soup with coconut milkĀ comes from Gluten Free Goddess. I follow the recipe almost exactly with the only variation being adding a full can of coconut milk and using maple syrup.

You can find the full recipeĀ here.

Let me know if you try it and how it is! Also, do share any of your own recipes as well. šŸ™‚

 

 

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