Sunday, 15 November 2015

Warm Quinoa & Roast Butternut Squash Salad with Walnuts

There was a time around four years ago when I ate too much butternut squash. I had never tried it before and then when I did? Well.... I figured I could pop it in lunches, dinners and sometimes even for breakfast...

Since then, I have had to use sweet potato in most savoury recipes that called for pumpkin, but now however - I have overcome this and it is all thanks to this hearty warm salad!

I swapped a few things from the original recipe, and I decided to make it vegan!

Enjoy *smiles*

Warm Quinoa & Roast Butternut Squash Salad with Walnuts
(Serves 2)

1 cup quinoa
1 stock cube
Juice of 1/2 lime
Handful fresh parsley, chopped

1 small butternut squash, deseeded and diced
2 tbsp oil
Salt and pepper
1 cup of artichokes in oil, drained and chopped
1 fat garlic clove, finely chopped
70g walnuts, roughly chopped

-Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Toss the butternut squash in oil salt and pepper and place on a baking tray, roast for about 15 minutes.

- Ten minutes in, cook the quinoa in water as instructed and add the stock cube.

- 15 minutes of roasting of the squash, it is time to add the garlic and artichoke! Leave in the oven for an additional 15 minutes until lightly browned and tender.

- Once the quinoa is done and has absorbed the rest of the water off-heat, swirl in the lime juice and parsley.

- Once the vegetables are aaaalmost done, add the walnuts to the roasting tin and pop back into the oven for a further 5-10 minutes so the nuts are lightly toasted!

Serve up! Plate first with the quinoa and top with the squash and walnut mix. Do you approve?

THis weekend has been short of amazing, and it is not even over yet! I have sampled some fine vegetarian burgers in courtesy of Meathammer ltd. I have spent time with people I care about and despite the rather wet weather we have had here, I feel all Autumny and catch myself smiling... Making the most of every day despite things not going according to plan is key - just go for it! I had a really nice and crafty evening last week, and when it was raining cats and dogs one day I was supposed to go to the gym, I went home after work and did exercise there instead.

Later on I will brave the weather again once more and meet up with friends for lunch, so that'll be nice *smiles*

How has your weekend been so far?

Inspiration from Veg Everyday, p. 72

- Jules


  1. Looks like a very healthy fall dinner! And personally I love butternut squash, so I'm digging this :)

    1. Yeh, it is healthy! Perfect for those cold evening after work, and this was really filling as well :) Warm salads for the win!
      Glad you like the sound of it! Give it a bash and let me know what you think :) xx

  2. My weekend was super busy, but I like keeping busy.
    What a delicious meal! Can you believe I have never made anything with butternut squash?? *gasp!* This needs to change!!

    1. You and me both! I get cabin fever if I get stuck indoors for too long, haha! :P
      As long as you don't eat your weight's worth in butternut squash, you'll love it :D This recipe would be a good place to start, and it is also fantastic in stews :D x

  3. Hihi, ja det er lett å få enkelt matvarer "litt opp i halsen" hvis man har dilla en periode :) klarte faktisk ikke gresskar en stund selv fordi jeg spiste SÅ mye av det vinteren jeg ble gravid. Og plutselig ble jeg helt kvalm bare ved tanken. Nå liker jeg det igjen da :)
    Og dette ser nydelig ut! Som alt du lager ♡

    1. Hahah ja, så du har been there done that også :P MEN heldigvis er det lett og fikse, med tiden til hjelp!
      Denne salten var lun og god, også er det lett og bruke masse andre ingredienser også :) Tusen takk for gode ord, og gratlerer med overstått! x

  4. So great recipe! I guess it will be very delicious. Try it this weekend. Thank you so much! Lisa @ Myfancybathroom

    1. Hey Lisa! Thank you so much! I really hope you like it :) x

  5. Så deilig det ser ut :-) Kjenner meg godt igjen i det å forspise seg på noe, og så orker man aldri å spise det igjen. Hahah :-P
    Jeg har hatt en fin helg med litt alenetid, spontant besøk av mamma og pappa (som kom med sjokolade og ved til peisen, OG bestilte pizza til middag) og kaffe med ei venninne jeg ikke har sett på en stund :-)
    Ha en fin kveld :-)

    1. Hahah ikke sant? Heldigvis overkom jeg det til slutt :P
      Så utrolig kos med besøk da! Også digg i tillegg, herlig :D Ja, jeg har hatt en fantastisk helg på tross av arbeid i går :) I dag ble det spasertur til en loch, vegetariansk "fry up" til lunsj/middag, og TV-titting til den store gullmedaljen :P
      Kaffe med venner er aldri dumt :) God helg til deg også Maria! xx