This salad bowl is simple , yet hearty enough to satisfy the starving body. Loaded with plant proteins, greens and good carbs. Definitely a winter salad but why limit yourself….nothing wrong with having an ice cream cone in the winter right? Same thing here. If the temperature today is any indicator, summer is definitely traveling at a snail’s pace.
Use what you have to develop the flavors you crave. That’s my motto in the kitchen. No ingredient is too Asian, American , European, Indian, Middle Eastern or even extraterrestrial for me! If the flavors work, you bet I’ll be cooking.
There is no such thing as “stepping out of my comfort zone” in the kitchen…..
what comfort zone?
Red quinoa is unapologetically beautiful, and the perfect complete protein. It’s also a good source of fiber, folate, Iron and zinc. I would munch on a bowl of snow peas anytime, but we’re making a warm salad so it needed a quick hot bath with this recipe.
Thanks to its versatility, Berbere spice blend marries wonderfully with vegetables, meat fish and more. Butternut squash is no exception to this. The bold flavors definitely gives the squash a hefty chunk of east Africa.There are probably many that would always argue the authenticity of this spice blend. Kudos if you can make your own at home. I picked up a jar at the Milwaukee Public Market and it works great for me.
With a few minutes to spare and a starving house to feed, a warm salad bowl made its way to our dinner table.
Squash, Quinoa & Shrimp salad bowl