1 small butternut squash (~3.5 lbs)
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 Tbsp f olive oil
pinch smoked paprika or ground chipotle pepper
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 bunches kale
1 cup water
1 pomegranate, seeded
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
salt and pepper
First, roast the butternut squash. Preheat oven to 375F.
I like to nuke the squash in the microwave for 5 minutes after peeling it to soften the squash so it’s easier to cut. Cut the squash into consistently sized pieces ~1 inch on each side. Toss with honey, olive oil, and paprika.
Spread squash onto a foil lined baking sheet and bake 30 minutes or until roasted. Stir every 15 minutes.
Remove squash from the oven and allow to cool while preparing the other components.
prepare the quinoa. Follow the instructions on your package or combine 2 cups water with 1 cup quinoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes until quinoa is cooked.
While the quinoa and squash are cooking, prepare the kale by removing any of the thick stems. Tear into bite-sized pieces. Add 1 cup water and the kale to a large pan or dutch oven. Cover and cook on med-high to steam the kale for 5 minutes. Remove the lid, toss the kale, and cook another 5 minutes.
Remove kale from heat and allow to cool.
Once squash, quinoa, and kale are cooked and cooled to room temperature, combine in a large bowl. Add goat cheese, walnuts, and pomegranate seeds. Toss to combine. Add salt/pepper as needed
For more head info head to: Winter Kale and Quinoa Salad