If you’re looking for a homemade side to go with some grilled meat then this is wonderful recipe to try. It’s filled with wholesome carbs, fiber and loads of real food nutrition.
This recipe is a great way to enjoy protein-filled quinoa. Winter squash combined with celery, onion, and parsley makes a healthy and comforting side dish.
WHAT YOU NEED
2 yellow onions, diced
4 celery stalks, diced
4 carrots, diced
2 cups diced squash, butternut or any other fall or winter squash
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
dash of freshly ground sea salt
zest and juice from 1 lemon
2 cups filtered water
1 cup quinoa
4 sprigs of parsley, finely minced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Place the onions, celery, carrots and squash in a large bowl. Mix in the oil and syrup, then sprinkle the salt and lemon zest. Mix until well combined and then place on a shallow baking dish. Cover the dish and bake for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes remove cover and cook for another 15 minutes.
- While the vegetables are in the oven, put the quinoa and water in a saucepan, cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for about 25 minutes over low heat, until the water is absorbed.
- Combine the vegetables and cooked quinoa together with the lemon juice and parsley. Serve warm or chilled.
One serving equals: 95 calories, 1g fat, 19g carbohydrate, 2.5g fiber, and 4g protein.