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!
Warm Quinoa & Roast Butternut Squash Salad with Walnuts
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