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Black Quinoa, Brown-Butter Sage Butternut Squash - BoulderLocavore.com

Black Quinoa with Brown-Butter Sage Butternut Squash and Pepitas

This dish is a perfect side or main dish, celebrating the flavors of the season. It's healthy and easy to prepare.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 6 side servings or 4 main dish servings
Calories 444kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 3 cups prepared Black Quinoa
  • 3 cups Butternut Squash , peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons diced Shallots
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Sage , diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper , ground
  • 1/2 cup Pepitas , roasted and salted


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter stirring often. After melted allow butter to cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring.
  • Add the shallots and stir for 2 minutes. Add the sage and stir for an additional minute. The butter should foam slightly and begin to turn a deep golden color.
  • Add the butternut squash and stir to fully coat with the butter mixture. Sprinkle in the salt and pepper over the squash.
  • Move squash to ensure a single layer only. Let squash sit undisturbed for about 4 minutes to brown slightly (check to be sure they are not over browning).
  • Once the squash has browned on the bottom, stir them, turning the browned side up. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and allow to become soft (5-7 minutes). Check for doneness; the squash should still retain their form but not be hard in the middle.
  • Add the cooked quinoa to the squash mixture and using a spatula, fold in the quinoa. The quinoa will absorb any remaining butter mixture. Serve immediately.


To prepare Quinoa: Rinse 1 cup of quinoa until water is clear; drain. Combine the rinsed quinoa and 1 1/2 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Heat to boiling; reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes until the germ has spiraled out and the water is absorbed.


Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 776mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7705IU | Vitamin C: 14.9mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 4.9mg