{meatfree monday} butternut squash quinoa stew

November 26, 2012

in healthy, Main Dishes, Recipes, Soup

this stew is so good. like really good. so many fresh ingredients. i ate it for lunch 3 days in a row. even hubby had it as leftovers!

the only hard part making this is cutting up that butternut squash. so make sure you have a nice sharp knife, flat surface and fingers out-of-the-way. when I was cutting up mine I thought this is perfect time to teach the boys how to call 911. i mean seriously – when I cut up a squash I am always so worried about it slipping and whack…I know yuck right. I will stop being dramatic.

otherwise this stew is really easy to make. hearty. good for you. yum.

the original recipe called for chicken and chicken broth…I made this vegetarian – also vegan – omitting the chicken and using vegetable broth instead.

butternut squash & quinoa stew


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Medium onion (diced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (I use the organic pacific brand)
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Medium butternut squash (chopped into cubes - appx 3 cups)
  • 2/3 cups quinoa (not cooked - rinsed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh organic baby spinach


In a large pot - I used my dutch oven -heat the olive oil. Add the chopped onions, oregano, and garlic. Saute for until the onion is softened about 5-7 minutes - stir often.

Add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Add the diced tomatoes, butternut squash, and quinoa. Simmer for 15 minutes until the squash is tender and quinoa is cooked.

Add the salt. Stir in the spinach. Cook 1-2 minutes until the spinach is wilted.

Serve warm. Enjoy.

from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe




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amy donovan (@amy_donovan) November 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Oh my goodness, I so agree! Cutting butternut squash always seems like risking death – It makes me so nervous! I have to say, this stew makes the risk totally worth it – it looks wonderful!


Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

This looks amazing girl!! I have been craving warm stews now that it is cold!


anotherbiteplease December 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

sorry for the delayed response…you got sent to my spam :-( this stew was so hardy and comfy loved for dinner when it was such a cold night!


Erin | The Law Student's Wife November 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

YUM! I love love love butternut squash and actually made a quinoa/butternut squash salad last week. I would gobble this up too.
Also, I totally agree with you on the cutting the squash–always the hardest part, but the results are worth it!


anotherbiteplease December 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

quinoa and butternut squash is such a yummy combo!


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