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Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa and Pistachio Goat Cheese

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I have SO missed posting the last week and a half!!  It has been a fun-busy last couple of weeks with the holiday, a friend in town and house sitting for my sister.  However…I HAVE been cooking, so I will be back in the habit of blogging this week.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!  I had a house full this year, which made me happier than I can tell you.  Thanksgiving is my kitchen olympics so it was a week full of grocery shopping, decorating and cooking to ready for the 17 family members I had.  I can’t take all the credit for the food as it was a collaborative effort between my mom, sis, aunts and grandmother, but it was a feast to be shared amongst individuals I am most grateful for.

The Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa and Pistachio Goat Cheese dish featured today I fixed for my friend Jocelyn who came through town to visit on her way to Florida for Thanksgiving.  She had never been to Greenville before, so I took her around town on Friday and then Saturday we headed up to Bat Cave, NC to spend the day in the mountains.  Her great grandmother used to live in the area and Jocelyn spent the majority of her childhood summers there.  She hadn’t been to the house since her great grandmother passed 17 years ago so we went to explore the home where she lived all those years ago.  We had a blast walking back in time to see the stone steps where she and her sister had carved their names and stamped their hand prints and running into old neighbors that she hand looped area rugs with and the summer camp that they would walk to just up the road from grandma’s house.  We even met a dog that would sit on the back of a donkey.  Yes…you read that right.  I have pictures….

So for dinner, I wanted to make something light and vegetarian, but still fall-ish with Thanksgiving around the corner.  After roasting the squash and onions I mixed them into the quinoa with a citrus vinaigrette that gave a lovely brightness to the dish.  For having made this up as I went along, it was really good.  If you don’t serve the goat cheese with it this is a great vegan dish.  I highly recommend making this through the holidays as it’s colorful, healthy and most importantly yummy!  Here’s what to do…

 

Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa and Pistachio Goat Cheese

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Here are a couple pictures from the weekend…

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