Squash and Quinoa Pilaf Squash and Quinoa Pilaf

Squash and Quinoa Pilaf | Food styling by Claire Stubbs | Prop styling by Lara McGraw Image by: Maya Visnyei

This side dish is packed with all the flavours of fall, making it the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving turkey.

  • Prep time 25 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour & 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash , peeled and chopped (about 1.3 kg)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 450 g large Brussels sprouts , thinly sliced
  • 1 cup rainbow quinoa , rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon liquid honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted almonds , coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup pepitas , toasted
  • 1/3 cup minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Method

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss squash with 2 tbsp of the oil; arrange in single layer on prepared pan. Roast squash until tender, about 20 minutes. Add brussels sprouts to pan; roast for 5 minutes. 

In saucepan of boiling water, cook quinoa according to package directions. 

Meanwhile, in bowl, whisk together miso paste, honey, lemon zest, lemon juice and pepper until smooth. Whisk in remaining oil and water until combined. 

In large bowl, gently toss together squash mixture, quinoa, miso paste mixture, parsley, almonds, pepitas, red onion and cranberries. 

Test Kitchen Tip: Gluten-free guests? Replace the miso paste with tahini.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Nutritional facts Per each of 8 servings: about

  • Fibre 9 g
  • Sodium 187 mg
  • Sugars 10 g
  • Protein 8 g
  • Calories 295
  • Total fat 13 g
  • Potassium 799 mg
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 41 g

%RDI

  • Iron 26
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 45
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 10
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 157
  • Vitamin C 108
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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