Monday, January 23, 2012

Hearty Butternut Squash and Quinoa Stew

This hearty stew has quickly become a wintertime favorite in my home. A low calorie, low fat, vegan option, this stew is the perfect solution to comfort food cravings. 
Need another reason to try this stew? Butternut squash is high in Vitamins A and C, as well as fiber!
You Will Need:
{1 ½} lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded & chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
{3 ½} cups chicken broth
{1} tbsp olive oil
{1} medium yellow onion, finely chopped
{½} tsp kosher salt
{4} cloves garlic, minced
{1 ½} tsp dried oregano
{1} can (14 oz) petite diced tomatoes
{2/3} cup uncooked quinoa
{3/4} cup pitted and quartered kalamata olives
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
{1/4} cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Steam the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. 
Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside. Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. 
Mash this squash with the back of a fork or potato masher. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, heat to medium and add olive oil. Add onion and garlic, cook stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to turn brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add oregano. Cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute. 
To the saucepan, add tomatoes, butternut squash pieces, and mashed butternut squash. Stir to combine.
Stir in chicken broth and quinoa. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15 minutes. 
Stir the olives, salt and pepper into the stew and simmer, uncovered, to heat, about 5 minutes. Stir in parsley and serve.



  1. love it! love the combination of quinoa with butternut squash! must try.

  2. Looks really delicious! I might have to try to slide this by my "meat's the only way to eat" husband.

  3. I love butternut squash! This looks so yummy!

  4. you put my wife-skills to shame. are you for hire? :)

  5. Definitely trying this. I'm a huge fan of just roasting butternut squash.. but adding it to soup... heavenly!

  6. How cute is your blog! Loving your posts! New follower girl :)

    The Magnolia Pair


  7. looks delish and combines my favs: quinoa and butternut squash. kudos!

    xoxo navy & orange

  8. i am the newest follower of your blog-- that recipe sounds incredible! congrats on your wedding! my husband and i were just married in may-- enjoy this special, special time!

  9. Just started following your blog! It's oozing cuteness! Just curious, what font do you use on your blog? It's really simple to read and I'd love to incorporate it into mine.

  10. Um... nom nom nom :)


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