Both squash and zucchini are good sources of potassium and dietary fiber. Quinoa is also a great source of fiber, but it also contains iron, manganese (great for bone health), folate, and protein. Onions supply vitamin C. Together, these ingredients make a great balanced main dish for your tot (or side dish for yourself...because I totally ate spoonful after spoonful straight from the pan). Nerd asked for thirds.
|Fresh, homegrown zucchini and yellow squash with quinoa.|
- 1 yellow squash, diced
- 1 zucchini, diced
- 1 small onion, sliced in half moons
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2-2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/4-1/3 cup quinoa (I used red quinoa from Trader Joe's)
- freshly-cracked pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp olive oil
***Note: The reason why there are variances in the amounts of chicken broth and quinoa is due to the fact that I had to add more chicken broth during cooking. The quinoa will differ depending upon how much you want. I think I'll be adding more next time.
Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, allowing it to cook only long enough to release the aromatics (1-2 minutes). Then dump in the diced squash and zucchini. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, or until the squashes become soft and lightly translucent.
Add the chicken broth, quinoa, and pepper. Bring to a boil, throw back the heat, cover, and allow to simmer for roughly 20-25 minutes. You'll know it's done when the quinoa is tender.
Finally, take a potato masher and squish everything in the skillet. This isn't required, but I did it because it reminds me of the texture of my mom's cooked squash when I was a child.
- If you want to make this meal for a child under 12 months, throw it all into a blender for a tasty puree.
- Use a micro-zester to grate a little fresh Parmesan on top. (Anyone notice a pattern in my recipes? I love Parm as an option for topping so many dishes!)
- Want a little more spice? Add 1/2 to 1 tsp of ground cayenne pepper.
- Don't have zucchini? Double up on yellow squash. Or vice versa if you don't have yellow squash.
- Have the grill fired up? Throw your veggies on the grill for an added smoky flavor before simmering in the broth.
Let me know if you try a recipe! I'd like to hear feedback or any tweaks in ingredients or methods you try. Enjoy!