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Squash for breakfast?

Posted by Jeanne on January 26, 2010

Yes.  It’s good.  You could also make this more savory than sweet and use it as a side, but really – it makes a great breakfast.  Besides, all these pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin muffin people are ALREADY having squash for breakfast.  They just don’t like to admit it.

I based this on a savory dish that I found in How to Cook Everything Vegetarian – the recipe is called Autumn Millet Bake.  It suggests quinoa as a substitute for millet, and we didn’t have any fresh cranberries… so off I went.

Butternut Squash and Quinoa Breakfast Casserole – makes 6 breakfast or side-dish sized servings.

0.75 cup quinoa

2 TB olive oil

1 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)

A 1.5 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch squares

0.5 tsp salt

2 TB maple syrup

1 cup warm water

Preheat your oven to 375F, and spray or otherwise grease a 9×6 or other casserole dish.

Warm the olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet.  Add the quinoa and toast, stirring constantly, about two to three minutes until it starts to smell a bit nutty and, well, toasty.  Spread in the bottom of the casserole dish and sprinkle with the salt.

Toss the squash and dried cranberries over the top.  Drizzle the maple syrup over the whole thing, and then pour the water over the top.

Cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes.  Remove foil and stir gently – there should be only a little liquid left and the squash should be almost done.  Bake another fifteen minutes, until all  the water has evaporated and the squash is beginning to brown a bit on the exposed edges.

Serve hot or warm – you can top with chopped nuts, or with a bit of goat cheese on top as well.

After it’s baked, I just divide it into six little containers and put them in the fridge so they are ready to go in the morning.  Quinoa is a whole grain and has quite a bit of protein, so it’s good for me in the morning.  If I have anything that is just carbs, even something like oatmeal that is supposed to fill you up, I’m hungry an hour later.  Always.

Perfect little container of breakfast, just for me on a wintry morning.


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