Butternut Squash Quinoa

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I have been making this side dish for many years and it is always a hit with my family and guests. It is a great one pot side dish which is very quick and simple to pull together. I recommend prepping the butternut squash ahead of time (even a few days ahead) and then it will only take 10 minutes to pull together and 20 minutes to cook. This recipe serves 4-6 people as a hearty side dish to roasted or braised chicken or even lamb.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped peeled butternut squash
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 cup homemade chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed clean
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Heat coconut oil in a saucepan (that has a cover) over medium-high heat. Add squash and next 6 ingredients (squash through spices); sauté 5 minutes. Stir in broth, quinoa, and salt; bring to a boil.

Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20-25 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.

This post is featured on Gluten Free Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday

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8 Responses to Butternut Squash Quinoa

  1. This looks amazing!! :) I have this bookmarked to make! I’d like you invite you to come over and link this recipe (and any others up) at our Gluten Free Fridays party! It will be live for link ups tonight (Thursday) at 7:05 eastern time! I hope that you can join us!
    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  2. I have this bookmarked to make later! YUM! This looks amazing! :) I'd love a bite now! :) LOL I'd like you invite you to come over and link this recipe (and any others up) at our Gluten Free Fridays party! It will be live for link ups tonight (Thursday) at 7:05 eastern time! I hope that you can join us!
    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com.

  3. Laura's Gluten Free Pantry says:

    I am featuring your awesome quinoa dish this week on Allergy-Free Wednesdays :)

  4. I got a hold of a butternut squash from our local co-op a couple weeks ago and wanted something to make with it that wasn’t the same old usual… We will be having this for supper tomorrow and I am so looking forward to it. Thanks!

    • Yay! You’re welcome!

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      • Well, my local natural food store was out of the cardomon pods, so I substituted with nutmeg and cinnamon… And my boys don’t have the spiciest tastes, so we used a green chili pepper in place of the jalapeno. I’m sure it didn’t taste *exactly* the way it was supposed to. But it was still awesome :)

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