Hi guys! I wanted to stop by to share one of my new favorite recipes. And this photo is not the prettiest, but you’re going to want to to try out this recipe. It’s the tastiest healthy, hearty stew perfect for a cold evening.
I have now made it twice–so please excuse the slight variation of ingredients (broccoli-broccolini). Just goes to show how amazing it is!
I will tell you this stew takes some time to make! I’d plan on spending about 2 hours on your feet in the kitchen. Bonus points if you get your significant other to help!
I based my recipe off of Cookin’ Canuck. Here’s my version:
Butternut Squash Quinoa Stew:
1lb butternut squash, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 broccoli crown (or broccolini)
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
1 Tb olive oil
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
1 can diced tomatoes
2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley, and to garnish
- Steam butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside.
- Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Mash this squash with the back of a fork. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the chicken broth to a simmer.
- Add chicken breasts, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
- Transfer the chicken breasts to a plate and allow to cool. Pour broth into a medium-sized bowl.
- Return the saucepan to the stovetop and lower heat to medium. Add olive oil.
- Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to turn brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Add the salt, minced garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute.
- To the saucepan, add tomatoes, butternut squash pieces, mashed butternut squash. Stir to combine.
- Stir in reserved chicken broth, quinoa and broccoli/broccolini. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15 minutes.
- Shred the chicken with your fingers or a fork.
- Stir the chicken into the stew and simmer, uncovered, to heat, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in parsley & pepper and serve.
I hope everyone is having a happy “holiday” season! Merry Christmas early
That Foodie Girl