squash, sprout & quinoa salad

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almost too pretty to eat ,this is a brill main course for a plant based festive meal! packed with quinoa, crunchy pomegranates & pine nuts, it covers all the bases with your complete set of essential amino acids. a crumbling of goats cheese adds a further layer of creaminess. opt to dice up the squash instead of halving it and serve as a sharing salad in the centre of the table.

makes 2 servings

  • 1 small / medium butternut squash
  • 8 sprouts (halved)
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley (roughly chopped)
  • seeds from half a pomegranate
  • 3/4 cup of quinoa (75g)
  • 1 ½ cups of cold water
  • 1 tsp bouillon stock
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts (toasted)
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds (toasted)

orange vinaigrette

  • ½ fresh orange (2tbsp juice)
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and black pepper

make and do

  • - preheat the oven to 200C
  • - half and deseed the pumpkin, and score with a sharp knife
  • - drizzle with olive oil and season with paprika, salt & pepper
  • - roast in the oven for 45 minutes
  • - add the sprouts for the last 15 minutes (small drizzle of oil for these guys too)

prepare the dressing

  • - combine the oil, honey, orange, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper in a jar and shake to combine. set to the side
  • - toast the pine nuts and pumpkin on a dry pan for 3-4 minutes. set to the side

prepare the quinoa

  • - rinse the quinoa in a fine sieve until the water runs clear and transfer to a pot
  • - add the water, stock powder and bring to the boil
  • - reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally until quinoa is soft & water is evaporated (approximately 15 minutes)

  • - in a bowl stir though the cooked quinoa, parsley, pine nuts and pumpkin seeds
  • - remove the squash form the oven and top with the quinoa salad
  • - dress with the pomegranate seeds and drizzle the dressing all over, serve immediately

with a twist

  • - serve with crumbled goats cheese if you like that sorta thing, it goes nicely