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.

 ENJOY!

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15 Comments

  1. Brynn {In Bloom}
    January 23, 2012 / 1:56 pm

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

  2. Shana
    January 23, 2012 / 2:17 pm

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

  3. Miss Southern Prep
    January 23, 2012 / 2:41 pm

    I love butternut squash! This looks so yummy!

  4. Katrina Hutchins
    January 23, 2012 / 2:58 pm

    you put my wife-skills to shame. are you for hire? 🙂

  5. Mel
    January 23, 2012 / 3:52 pm

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

  6. alicia
    January 23, 2012 / 9:42 pm

    looks really amazing!

  7. Britt @ The Magnolia Pair
    January 23, 2012 / 10:13 pm

    How cute is your blog! Loving your posts! New follower girl 🙂 xo.Britt The Magnolia Pair 🙂

  8. navy and orange
    January 23, 2012 / 11:19 pm

    looks delish and combines my favs: quinoa and butternut squash. kudos!xoxo navy & orange

  9. Mary Loyal
    January 24, 2012 / 2:49 am

    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!

  10. Madeline and Breanna
    January 24, 2012 / 6:25 am

    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.

  11. May
    January 24, 2012 / 1:33 pm

    Um… Making.this.now. nom nom nom 🙂

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