I can’t believe I haven’t blogged a recommended recipe in over a year and a half. I still cook new recipes every week and I still share those recipes with friends but it has been the “old fashioned” way… you know by emailing a link. 😉 . I made this recipe last night and was asked by a few lovelies if I would share it. What a perfect excuse to get back on the bloggitty blog.
As with most of the recipes on this blog, the idea is to take a recipe and let my friends know the little things I did to make it my own. The original recipe is by Katya on her site Little Broken. It is a great website and oh my! the photography is stunning. The recipe is pretty fantastic on it’s own but I did make some tweaks.
#1 – Sometimes I add a protein hack. I love this as a vegetarian dish but sometimes I like to add chicken. My hack is that I buy the WestEnd Cuisine Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Skewers from Costco. I take the chicken off (6) of the skewers and chop it into bite sized pieces.
#2 – While the butternut squash is roasting, I saute the red onion (or shallots) in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat until they sweat (just a few minutes).
#3- Add cooked chicken and dried cranberries to the pan just long enough to warm them through. Cooking the cranberries for a few minutes really brings out the sweetness.
#4 – I use half the quinoa she calls for in the recipe because I added one cooked pouch of Seeds of Change Quinoa Brown Rice with Garlic. NOTE: You do not have to do this. I originally made this change only because I didn’t have enough quinoa on hand so I had to improvise. I ended up liking the mix of textures so I continue to do this.
#4- I make all the dressing the recipe calls for but I do not use it all at one time. I find it sweet so I just add it to taste. Since it is a delicious dressing I just keep what I don’t use for salads later in the week.
#5- Lastly, I actually like to serve this salad warm and topped with a little chopped parsley. I have not tried it chilled yet.
So that’s it. Let me know what you think. Cheers! 🙂
Here’s a link to the original delicious recipe: https://www.littlebroken.com/2014/10/19/butternut-squash-and-cranberry-quinoa-salad/
Recipe rating: 4 out of 5 stars!