Quinoa and Butternut Squash Pilaf

Quinoa and Butternut Squash Pilaf is lightly flavored with garlic & Parmesan, and is an easy side dish or a healthy, hearty meatless meal come fall. The perfect healthy dinner for those busy weeknights.

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I admire my daughter so much for turning her life around to become a healthy, fit and inspirational person. She has undoubtedly influenced my choices in trying to eat healthier and, since I learned to cook at such a young age, I am working to adapt favorite recipes by substituting in healthier ingredients.

Today’s recipe is a great example. I used to eat this butternut squash combined with risotto but have really gotten to like quinoa. I love all the benefits it provides for those wanting to live a healthier lifestyle.  

Quinoa has many beneficial properties

Quinoa is a healthy, protein-rich whole grain and can be used in so many ways.  It works well for a more nutritious packed breakfast waffle, in salads, as a meatless main meal or a healthy side dish. It’s naturally gluten-free and is high in anti-inflammatory phytonutriens and heart-healthy fats too!

Hope you enjoy it as much as my family did. And by the way, it is a great meatless meal for Monday nights. It’s also vegetarian if you sub out the chicken stock for vegetable stock.


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Quinoa and Butternut Squash Pilaf, flavored with garlic & Parmesan, is an easy side dish or a healthy, hearty meatless meal. Perfect for busy weeknights.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 513kcal
Author: Linda Warren


  • 1 butternut squash
  • 4 Tablespoons light olive oil divided
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 6-8 cloves garlic peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 large sweet onion chopped
  • 1 cup raw quinoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock (vegetable can also be used for vegetarian diets)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup peas cooked
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino-Romano cheese grated


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with a non-stick spray.
  • Prepare the butternut squash. Peel and remove seeds then cut into chunks and place in bowl. 
  • Coat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Toss in garlic cloves and dump on to prepared baking sheet. 
  • Roast in oven for 25-30 minutes or until tender.
  • While squash is roasting, heat a large saucepan with 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. 
  • Add onion and cook until softened, about 4-5 minutes. 
  • Add the quinoa, salt, chicken or vegetable stock and wine to saucepan, cover, lower heat, and simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • Cook peas while quinoa is cooking or just use peas from a can.
  • When squash is done, pour into large serving bowl and add cooked quinoa and peas. Toss together with butter and cheese and serve immediately.


Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 1146mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 20320IU | Vitamin C: 56.3mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 4.3mg

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Quinoa and Butternut Squash Pilaf