Sage Butternut Squash Quinoa Bowl

Forget about the pumpkin this fall. It’s all about butternut squash! As promised, I have a amazingly delicious recipe for you today thanks to my CSA organic produce box.  I am going to be honest with you, I had only cooked with butternut squash once before this recipe. I bought those pre-cut butternut squash packets from Trader Joe’s and made some recipe I found in one of my many cookbooks.  I wasn’t a fan at first try, but it wasn’t the squash’s fault.  It turns out I don’t like sweet butternut squash. I needed something savory to do the trick.

STP81107-pSince my CSA box came with a whole butternut squash, I had to learn how to cook it!  I decided to roast the squash baby thanks to Whole Food’s Learn To Cook.

STP81100-pThe sage adds the perfect aromatic note to this dish. It pairs beautifully with the butternut squash.

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Sage Butternut Squash Quinoa Bowl
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Serves: 4-6

  • 1 large butternut squash, roasted per Whole Food’s Learn to Cook
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil.
  2. Sauté minced garlic, sage, and pine nuts until the nuts are golden brown.
  3. Add cooked quinoa to the sage mixture.
  4. Gently toss in roasted butternut squash and try to share!


To counter the sweetest of the butternut squash I added lots and lots of garlic.  I actually used four gloves of garlic; though, the sane person would probably only use two!

STP81094-pThis recipe was inspired by The Shiska in the Kitchen, a great blog with delicious recipes. I threw in the quinoa to add in a little more protein to the recipe.  I promise you will love it! I went back for a second helping!


What is your favorite winter squash?

14 thoughts on “Sage Butternut Squash Quinoa Bowl

    • Thank you Sarah! If you attempt to cut your own butternut squash, use a very sharp knife. The outside shell can be a tough one to crack.

    • I wasn’t a fan of butternut squash at first either, but I do like it mixed with savory ingredients. And to report not-news, I love spaghetti squash too!

  1. Butternut squash is my favorite vegetable. But I love all squash. I just tried a red curry squash from the farmer’s market. It was a little nutty with the texture of an acorn squash.

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