One reason to get excited about winter (or remain excited, rather) is that squash is in season. I love all kinds of squash: butternut, delicata, acorn, kombocha, etc. My favorite way to enjoy squash is by simply roasting it (after drizzling with a little oil and pepper), which is right where this recipe begins.
Many of us are probably familiar with the health benefits of eating our leafy green friends (kale, spinach, swiss chard, arugula, etc.). However, I would venture a guess that most of you are a little less informed when it comes to the nutrient profile of the winter squash, butternut. It is a good source of Vitamins A, C, B6 and E as well as folate (bonus for pregnant mommas) and magnesium and calcium. Side note: magnesium and calcium have been shown to help relieve menstrual cramps; even more reason for all of you ladies to toss it into your cart the next time you're at the grocery store. Read more about the nutritional value of squash here.
Roasted Squash With Sauteed Kale and Quinoa
Serves 4 (or 2 hungry people post-workout)
1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed into 1 inch chunks
1 bunch of kale or fresh spinach, chopped
1 cup quinoa (I had white on hand, but I often use red or tri color)
Preheat oven to 425. Drizzle 1 Tbs olive oil and cracked pepper over cubed squash. Stir to coat and place on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Stir and bake for another 15 minutes or until squash is fork tender and staring to brown.
Meanwhile, place 1 cup of quinoa in a small saucepan and toast over medium-low heat. Once quinoa begins to brown, add 1.5 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes or until all of the water has been absorbed (quinoa should have a visible ring around it like a halo). Remove lid, let sit for 5 minutes then fluff with a fork.
Drizzle 1 Tbs olive oil in a saute pan. Add greens of your choice and saute until wilted.
Combine quinoa, squash and greens in a large bowl mixing until well incorporated. Season with pepper and salt (if desired). Spoon into serving bowls.
*Optional: If you're into eggs or looking for some extra protein and calories, cook 1-2 eggs over easy and place on top.
Would you prefer this for breakfast or dinner?