It’s been a while since I posted a Gwyneth recipe here. Her flawless face on the over of her cookbook (It’s All Good) has been staring at me with reproach for weeks now. Months even. If I were anything like Gwyneth I would have not let this much time pass and furthermore, in that amount of time, I would have also made my own line of beauty products and have experimented getting stung by bees as a beauty treatment.
So this weekend I cracked open the cookbook and picked a recipe for which I had all the ingredients already. I love when that happens! I needed to eat a healthy and filling lunch before playing golf so I went with the quinoa with roasted butternut squash. It seemed like the perfect easy and healthy option.
By now you probably know how I feel about Gwyneth (we’re frenemies, FYI). The truth is, her recipes have never steered me wrong. I haven’t found one that wasn’t delicious yet. The Braised Chicken With Green Olives is most definitely my favorite. Just last night my friend and fellow food blogger ProntoPup reminded me how good that dish is. It’s kind of fussy to make, but you are handsomely rewarded at the end.
This quinoa recipe isn’t fussy, and I would rate it a solid 7 or 8. It’s not fancy, it does the trick. It makes a fabulous lunch or dinner side dish. And it’s super healthy. And for a Monday isn’t that enough?
QUINOA WITH ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH
1 package frozen butternut squash
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups cooked quinoa (use directions on the package)
3 scallions, chopped (I like to use the whole scallion, not just the whites and light green parts)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place butternut squash in a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt and stir to coat. Roast until browned (about 20 minutes).
While roasting the squash, whisk together the lemon juice with about 3 tablespoons of olive oil and a healthy pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl. When the quinoa is finished, incorporate that in with the dressing, scallions and parsley. When the squash is finished roasting, place it on top the quinoa mixture. Add some extra scallions and parsley to the top to garnish.
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