Thursday, January 21, 2016

Roasted Squash, Spinach, Walnut, and Cranberry #salad #recipe @lucyburdette #cleansweepweek

LUCY BURDETTE: are you a fan of Pinterest? I confess that I find leafing through food boards very relaxing – almost like the effect that coloring books seem to have on other people. Of course I have boards for my Key West books, and mystery lovers kitchen, and the writers life, but I also have a catchall board called "Food, glorious food." And here is where I pin photos of dishes that looks delicious. Most of them are recipes that I think I could tweak to become low sodium. When I needed a new idea for a New Year's day side dish, that would include the cranberries I overbought from King Arthur flour, and the couscous buried at the back of my cupboard, I went to this board. And there I found a recipe from Gimme Some Oven that looked like a good start. She used cheese and commercial packets of toppings, both of which I removed. And I changed the kale to spinach...

And so here is what I offer for our curiosities from the cupboard week!


One small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced into half inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
Three-quarter cup couscous
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 to 3 cups fresh spinach
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts

Freshly ground pepper
Benton's Table Tasty

Lemon mustard vinaigrette (Whisk together 1 teaspoon good grainy mustard, the juice of half a Meyer lemon, and olive oil to taste)

Douse the squash cubes in olive oil, sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and Benton's table tasty, and roast in a 350 oven for 15 minutes. Remove the pan, stir the squash, and add the walnuts. Roast for another 10 minutes. 

Meanwhile bring the broth to simmer in a small pan, and add the couscous. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the couscous to cool.

Wash and dry the spinach and add to the salad bowl. When the squash and nuts and couscous are cool, distribute them over the top of the spinach. Sprinkle the cranberries over top of that.

When you're ready to serve, add the lemon mustard vinaigrette and toss well. Of course this would also be tasty with some added cheese if you're not watching sodium, say feta or goat or what used to be my favorite, gorgonzola.

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  1. Lovely.
    I bet it would be tasty hot as well.

  2. wow We are going to love this! I have already printed it out. I have everything but the squash and I know how to fix that fast. Thanks, Roberta!



  3. I think I have eaten more squash so far this year than all the rest of my life. But it's easy to fix and so versatile. I have been roasting a lot of vegetables and throughout the week find a recipe to toss them into. This looks great.

  4. What a wonderful, creative use of extra ingredients -- and yummy and pretty, too! Good job!

  5. Beautiful winter salad, Lucy/Roberta, so creative and pretty. I would dig into this in a minute. BTW - I see you're using Pacific brand chicken broth. That brand recently appeared on store shelves in our area, and Marc and I became instant fans - excellent quality and wholesome ingredients, great stuff.

    ~ Cleo

  6. thank you everyone! I'm sorry to be late showing up--I had a morning of errands that would not end! I bet it would be good hot--that would wilt the spinach a bit and what's wrong with that??

    1. Yes, the spinach would wilt. And so what?

  7. What a healthy dish. The lemon mustard would bring it all together for me. Yum!