22.5.12

{Healthy Flavorful Food} Garlicky Squash Buttery Quinoa Salad




Hi Everybody,

I hope you all are having a nice week so far!

These past few days have been very cool here! Yes, particularly this morning...feels like the coldest.I love autumn and winter season just for the simple reason that these months always call for warmth and comforting food. And a lot of baking too :) However, soups and healthy salads are the perfect addition to the season too and they are also comforting.Yes, healthy flavorful salads, such as quinoa with roasted or sauteed vegetables.

The quinoa or quinua {like many people in Latin America called it}is something that have been used for many years in Latin America but in Argentina we didn't hear much about quinoa while growing up {at least not in my family}.It was the kind of food that was more relative to other latin american countries, especially Peru. Fortunately ''la quinoa'' ''the quinoa'' is becoming more popular in Argentina. And I say 'fortunately' because I can't get enough of it. 

Yes, these days have been ''the quinoa days'' and even J. have been taking ''homemade quinoa salads lunches'' to work. Or as we call it... homemade takeouts :)



We have been eating roasted in-season vegetables, roasting apples, carrots, lots of kumura {New Zealand ''Glorious'' Sweet Potatoes} and I've been baking some focaccias too. So the poor kitchen oven didn't have much rest lately.

Cool days also bring wonderful aromas. Like this beautiful orange squash that I prepared to make it part of a wonderful salad.Garlicky sauteed squash with buttery quinoa and some fragrant basil leaves from the little garden. And a couple of slices of toasted bread.
A very  quick- healthy and pretty satisfying lunch. The perfect salad to me.

Oh Food Glorious Food!

I wish you all a wonderful and colorful rest of the week!





 Garlicky Squash Salad

Garlicky Squash with Buttery Quinoa and Basil Leaves
Serves 2  
This is a very quick and satisfying salad. I like to add a couple of teaspoons of unsalted butter to the quinoa after its cooked. It makes it creamy and even more tastier! And also you can substitute the basil leaves for parsley or any herb you like works fine.

2 C. diced squash
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Sea Salt to taste
1 C. dry quinoa, rinsed {I used white quinoa}
2 C. water
2 Tbsp. Unsalted butter {for the quinoa}
Basil Leaves

Cooked the diced squash in boiling water for about 6-7 minutes or until is tender. Drain well. In a frying pan add butter, olive oil and garlic and cook until aromatic. Add Squash and sauteed for about 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

In a saucepan add the 2 cups of  water, then add the quinoa and cook for about 10-12 minutes or until quinoa becomes tender and water has absorbed. When ready add the 2 Tbsp. of unsalted butter and a bit of salt. Toss to combine with sauteed garlicky squash.Add basil leaves and serve while warm.

29 comments:

  1. A beautiful salad and a wonderfully autumnal post!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Aldy que comida ta saludable, es verdad que no se escuchaba hablar anteriormente de la Quinoa, pero últimamente la he sentido nombrar bastante y vi muchas recetas con ella pero la tuya me encantó. yo preparo algo parecido pero con arroz blanco, es perfecto para hacer el cambio y probar este nuevo ingrediente. te felicito por tu blog me gusta mucho por eso te lleve a mi lista de blogs :)

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  3. @ Alita, Gracias, me alegro que te gusto y por tus bonitas palabras. Si la quinoa es bastante saludable :)

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  4. I just want to say I love your photos! And I think the quinoa recipe makes this autumnal post even more gorgeous. I've never had quinoa,and I'm definitely going to be trying this soon :-)

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  5. Estupenda receta! hace poco preparé una con quinoa también, es un ingrediente que recién empiezo a usar en mi cocina. Veo que muchos la combinan con calabaza así que la probaré dentro de poco.
    Felicidades por este blog tan lindo!
    BESITOs

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  6. Muy saludable la quínoa me grada mucho .... la ensalada es una delicia,abrazos y abrazos.

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  7. Hello Aldy,

    As always your pictures look wonderful but the salad is even better looking.

    Will keep in mind for the Fall season.

    Take care and enjoy the weather.

    Mely

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  8. A beautiful salad! I love the combination of garlic and butternut squash.

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  9. I love your quinoa flavored with fall squash, Aldy! That's something I'll have to remember when I can find beautiful squash like that in a few months. It seems so strange to have you talking about cold and fall when we are having warm, spring days :) The earth is a full of contrasts, isn't it. Homemade 'take-out' is the best!

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  10. We are so glad to found your delicious recipes Aldy. We love quinoa and squash . Cheers :)

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  11. This salad & the autumn colors look so wonderful Aldy.

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  12. Beautiful photos..no..they are STUNNING! And I love butternut squash ANYTHING!

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  13. @ Judit and Corina,

    @ Tanvi,

    @ Angie,

    Thank you very much, glad you liked it :)

    Hugs!

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  14. Oh Aldy!!! I keep forgetting that in our part of the globe, it is our SPRING/SUMMER! But your lovely world is now experiencing some of the most glorious flavors, no matter what the season! That first photo is just stunning! I NEED A GOOD CAMERA. My little camera just does not capture good close-ups!

    I now have herbs growing in my garden and I am loving fresh basil and WALNUTS on my pizza!!!

    Thank you sweet girl for visiting me. Enjoy the chill of Autumn and all the goodies from earth's bounty!! Anita

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  15. This Quinoa salad dish looks so good! It's spring here and quite warm, but i'd love to eat this now! You captured the delicious colors and textures so well!
    Would you like to be featured on my blog soon? I'd share a few pix if yours, write about your style and link to you blog - tell me, what you think!
    Love for a happy week!

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  16. @ Martina, Thank you. I'm flattered! :) It would be a pleasure to be featured on your blog. Please let me know the day before (this is because of time difference) Hugs <3

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  17. What a gorgeous salad! Your pictures are just stunning and I love the flavors you chose. :)

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  18. Gorgeous, gorgeous! The colors in the photos an dish are amazing.

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  19. Aldy!!....que hermoso te ha quedado el blog!!....y tu ensalada de quinoa me ha encantado....comemos quinoa todas las semanas y me he dado cuenta que he puesto pcas recetas!.....tus fotos estan preciosas.....Abrazotes, Marcela

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  20. i loveeee quinoa and butternut squash! what a fabulous glutenfree dish :D hope you are doing well aldy!

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  21. Awesome dish Aldy...like you I was introduced to quinoa here in US and not back in Brazil :)
    I like how you prepared it by pairing with squash. Indeed simple and yet so tasty. As always love your pictures.
    Have a wonderful week ahead :)

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  22. I adore quinoa and this salad is just lovely!
    Hope you are having a wonderful start to your week...hugs

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  23. Hi Aldy, Wow...the salad is looking so refreshing and Appetizing. A very well made post with beautiful pictures, as usual. loved your garden pictures in the last post :) I can't wait to try it on my island. Have a wonderful week ahead.
    Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

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  24. can you believe I am yet to try quinoa. As in I did once .. but it was a fail and now I am yet to try it again :)
    The salad sounds fantastic!

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  25. It's far from hot here..so I would gadly eat your quinoa salad...The pictures are gorgeous. Congratulations!

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