Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Butternut squash chilli with quinoa

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Ever since I started blogging, I've come across countless quinoa recipes. I've only ever had quinoa in a store bought salad so I was pretty surprised to learn that it could also be used to make cakes and cookies. 

Quinoa is a recently newly discovered low fat grain that's high in protein and a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron copper and phosphorus. It's definitely a good addition to one's diet!

So to start off my quinoa cooking journey, I decided on a warm  Butternut squash chilli with quinoa. A recipe I adapted from Gordon Ramsay's Chilli con Carne and Olive's magazine Butternut squash chilli with quinoa recipe.
Ingredients (Serves 4)
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp dried oregano
3 tsp ground cumin
1 - 2 tsp chilli powder(depending on taste. Feel free to omit this.)
1 butternut squash, about 1kg, peeled and cubed#
100g quinoa, soaked in water for 30 mins
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 tin of red kidney beans
olive oil
Salt and Pepper
a bunch of coriander, chopped

Roast butternut squash for 10 mins and boil quinoa for 10 mins.
Sweat onions and garlic in olive oil in a large saucepan.
Add oregano, cumin, chilli powder and cook till they release their aroma.
Add partially cooked quinoa, butternut squash, chopped tomatoes, cinnamon and bay leaf,.
Simmer for about 10 mins and add red kidney beans.
Simmer for another 5 mins.
Stir in coriander, check for seasoning and serve.


  1. I love quinoa! They are so easy to cook too.

  2. Very nutritious, those eating these earn the rights to have lots of sweets afterwards

  3. A wonderful dish! That autumnal combination is lovely.



  4. And quick too!!! It looks delicious, Sylvia!!!

    Thanks for sharing...

  5. This looks really good! I need another recipe for quinoa, I've been making it the same way for months, and while I still love it, I need variety. Adding squash is perfect for fall. Thanks!

  6. oh my goodness, this is my kind of food!!! AHHHHH i want to make this! :D awesome recipe!!!

  7. Nice recipe.
    And it sure looks wonderful too.

  8. Ooh, a recipe that a)looks really tasty, and b)features mostly ingredients I already have on hand, excellent! Definitely saving this one for later.

  9. What a great combination of flavours Sylvia! Quinoa is such a healthy, versatile grain and I love the beans and autumn squash. Great photos too.

  10. Love the colors, the squash is so vibrant. love the photo, nice blog :)

  11. I often forget to read through your recipes at first moment because I can not stop looking at your amazing pictures.
    Nevertheless, what a beautiful dish!

  12. Thanks for the compliments everyone! Give this dish a go and am sure you'll love it too! :)

  13. This looks delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at

  14. I made this tonight, and it's delicious!! However, 2 teaspoons of chili powder was way too much (and I really like spicy food!). For those thinking of making it, I'd suggest starting with 1/2 teaspoon and adding according to your taste.

  15. Glad you liked it Kristen and thanks for the feedback. I've made a change to the recipe. :)


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