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Healthy Real Food Recipes

Butternut Squash Kale Quinoa


This is fab-o-licious. Simple. Clean. Healthy. Green. Packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats, this is a sensational stand-alone dish or impressive side. Add more lemon juice and dress with extra olive oil to taste.



  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa dry

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

  • 1 1/2 T extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 ribs celery, diced

  • 2 medium leeks, washed and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced

  • 3 ounces curly kale, chopped

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1-2 T lemon juice

  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, optional



  • Prepare the quinoa according to package instructions, substituting chicken or vegetable broth for the liquid.

  • Preheat oven to 400º F and adjust rack to middle position.

  • Toss squash with 1/2 T avocado oil and salt. Spread the pieces evenly in a baking dish and roast for 20 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside. 

  • Meanwhile, in a medium to large sauté pan add the 1 T avocado oil and heat over medium heat. Add the celery and sauté for 2 minutes, until slightly tender. Add the leeks and sauté an additional 2 minutes, until the leeks and celery are tender and fragrant. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute more.

  • Reduce the heat to low. Add the chopped kale and sauté over low heat just until the kale has wilted.

  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, vegetables from the sauté pan, and 1 T lemon juice. Stir until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Just before serving, top with 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts, if desired.


NOTE: Watch your squash! It can get too mushy.


Serves: 6

Time: 45 minutes


HEARTFUL RECIPE - One of our real food recipes that focuses on veggies, protein, healthy fats and/or healthy carbs and doesn't include gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, corn or peanuts.


Write-up by Pam.

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