Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad
This tasty vegetable is considered as starchy vegetable, like potato. So if you are on low carb diet then this beauty may not suit you. If you don't care about carbs, then enjoy it! Butternut squash has lesser calories than sweet potato and also 1 cup of cooked squash gives daily dose of Vitamin A.
1 cup of cooked white rice has 15 times more carbohydrates than 1 cup cooked quinoa. And also quinoa has high fiber than rice. If you are watching your weight, then this tiny pearls are your best friends. Do you know? even oatmeal has more carbohydrates than quinoa!
Spinach and Kale, the combo is packed with nutrients ( but here I used only kale as I have only kale at home). Spinach is rich in Iron, magnesium while Kale is rich in Vitamin C & A. Now, it doesn't mean Spinach has no Vitamin A & C or Kale have no Iron & Magnesium, they both they their plus points. Lets just add both and get the sum!
Recipe : Butternut Squash Quinoa
Servings : 2 plates
Vegan | Refined Sugar-Free
Cook time : 40-45 mins
1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Chilli Powder/Paprika
1/4 cup Quinoa
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Kale
2-3 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
2 tbsp Walnuts
3 tbsp Raisins or Cranberries
Peel and chop butternut squash to small cubes. Add coconut oil, salt, chilli powder and bake at 350 F for 20-25 mins.
In a sauce pan, add quinoa, water and cook for 15 mins on medium flame. If you want the quinoa to be fluffy, don't open the lid after turning off the heat for 5-10 mins.
Now just arrange your salad, add baked squash, kale, cooked quinoa, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and raisins.
Add balsamic vinaigrette or your favorite dressing if needed.
Note : If this is your first time trying salad, I would highly recommend adding more raisins than recommended here. It will improve the taste. Can use raisins or dried cranberries.
Ingredients we used...
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