Butternut Squash & Freekeh Salad

I swear I’ll get a camera eventually. Until then, feast your eyes on this crappy MacBook version of my delicious warm salad! You can substitute the freekeh for farro, depending on the availability in your area. I found mine at the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket- usually anywhere with unusual grains will be holding some of these gems.

Ingredients

• 1 cup of freekeh, cooked in 2 cups of vegetable broth

• 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced into 1/4 inch pieces

• 1.5 tablespoons olive oil

• 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped

• 1/3 cup dried cranberries

• 1/3 cup crushed pecans

• Half of a red onion, chopped

• Salt & pepper to taste

• A dash of dried thyme

Directions

1. Cook the freekeh in the vegetable broth in a rice cooker (or on the stove) for approximately 40 minutes or until tender. The freekeh will still be chewy.

2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 F.

3. On a foiled pan, place the chopped butternut squash into a single layer. Lightly brush with olive oil. When the squash is almost done (15-20 minutes), add the chopped sage. Bake until the squash is done. A fork will slide nicely through it.

4. When the squash is ready, remove from the oven. In a large bowl, mix the cooked freekeh, squash, cranberries, onion, and pecans. Add salt, pepper, and thyme. Mix well and serve warm.

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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