|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: serves 4|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 27g||35%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||25%|
|Total Carbohydrate 53g||19%|
|Dietary Fiber 9g||31%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
A healthy recipe for any time of the year. This quinoa pilaf can be served as a side dish to grilled meats and seafood, or served as the main course. The grilled squash and beets add a fantastic caramelized flavor to the dish. Omit or reduce feta cheese portion to suit your tastes.
- 2 cups
- 1 acorn squash (seeded and cut into 1 1/4 inch thick slices)
- 1 large beetroot (stems removed and washed)
- 1/3 cup feta cheese (crumbled)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup walnuts (chopped and toasted, or toasted pine nuts)
- 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley
- Salt (to taste)
- For the Dressing:
- 1/4 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Fill a large pot of water halfway with water. Bring to a boil and add squash slices. Parboil squash for 5-6 minutes. Remove from water, place onto a baking sheet and pat dry. Cut beetroot into 1/2 inch slices. Place onto a separate baking sheet. Brush squash and beet slices with olive oil on both sides. Season squash with salt.
Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Oil grill grates and place vegetables onto the grill. Cook squash and beets 3-5 minutes per side or until tender and caramelized. Be careful turning them on the grill and also watch for flare-ups with the beets. They contain high sugar content and can burn if left too long. Once vegetables are cooked remove from grill.
Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Place the cooked quinoa in a large serving dish, sprinkle with a little salt. Add parsley and combine. Arrange grilled vegetables on top and drizzle with dressing. Top with crumbled feta cheese and toasted walnuts. Serve immediately.