The quinoa and black beans in this dish are high in protein, making it a hearty one-dish meal. It’s very budget-friendly, too. Reprinted with permission from The Migraine Relief Plan: An 8-Week Transition to Better Eating, Fewer Headaches, and Optimal Health, © 2016 Stephanie Weaver. Published by Surrey Books, an imprint of Agate Publishing, Inc. Photos © 2016 by Laura Bashar.
- 1 cup quinoa, any color
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 large butternut or other fall squash (1½ to 2 pounds)
- 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice
- 3 stalks celery, cut into ½-inch dice
- ½ cup chopped kale, stems included
- ½ cup canned no-salt or low-sodium black beans, drained (optional)
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup organic extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons no-salt-added medium–hot curry powder
- 1½ cups (375mL) low-sodium vegetable stock
- Put the quinoa and filtered water in a glass bowl and set aside to soak while you are prepping the vegetables.
- Peel the squash, cut it in half, remove the seeds and strings, and cut into a ½-inch dice. Add to a large mixing bowl, along with the carrots, celery, kale, black beans, if using, and garlic.
- Drizzle the oil over the vegetables and toss. Sprinkle with the curry powder and toss until evenly coated. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Spray or oil a large lidded casserole dish. If you don’t have a lid, cut a piece of aluminum foil to cover. Set aside.
- Drain and rinse the quinoa.
- Add the drained quinoa and stock to the casserole dish. Gently agitate the dish to distribute the quinoa evenly, while keeping it submerged in the liquid.
- Carefully add the vegetables evenly on top, spreading with a spatula and keeping as much of the quinoa in contact with the liquid as possible.
- Bake, covered or wrapped tightly in foil, for 35 to 45 minutes, or just until the vegetables are fork-tender.
- Remove from the oven, uncover, and let rest for a few minutes before serving.
Cooks’ Note: You must use a casserole dish with a lid, or cover your dish tightly with foil, or the quinoa will dry out and not cook properly. Choose pre-prepped or frozen butternut squash to shorten prep time. You can prep all the vegetables a day ahead. It’s important to cut them uniformly; the small dice allows them to cook through.
Per serving (excluding black beans)
6g protein, 36g carbohydrates, 9g fat, 1g saturated fat, 202mg sodium, 868mg potassium,
Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC is an author, blogger, and certified wellness and health coach. Visit her at Recipe Renovator. She has a Master of Public Health in Nutrition Education from the University of Illinois. Her recipes have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Parade, and more. She lives in San Diego.
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