Sunday, November 22, 2009

Quinoa and Black bean stuffed Butternut Squash

This is as simple as healthy recipes get. Simply save the bottom round portion of the butternut squash, take out all the seed and sprinkle it with a little bit of raw sugar. Broil it on low while you make the stuffing.

The stuffing consisted of one can of Trader Joe's Cuban Black beans poured into a pan ( drain at least half the liquid), 1/3 cup of quinoa, a pinch of turmeric, and a pinch of granulated onion. Add about 1/4 cup of chicken broth to this and let it simmer until the liquid has been absorbed and quinoa is cooked ( it should be partly translucent)

By this time the Butternut should be cooked and nicely caramelized along the top. Portion some of the filling into the center of the squash, top with fat free feta and garnish with cilantro.

Post Note:  Some freshly chopped cilantro folded into the filling at the end would be a perfect addition


  1. That looks gorgeous, Marina. Of course I also live under the idea that you could put feta on a shoe and it would taste fantastic.

  2. yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... i think that's all that needs to be said! :)

  3. That sounds good -- unfortunately, we don't have trader joes here, though...

  4. Awww... well Beatrice, you could still make this dish, it would require a little more effort -- like sauteeing onions and chilis. But be creative, i'm sure you can come up with something amazing