Pomegranate Mandarin Quinoa Salad w/ Sesame Honey Lime vinaigrette & Potato Salad

Confusing? perhaps. But, this delicious quinoa salad goes great with sesame honey lime vinaigrette, and so does a very simple sweet & regular potato salad…so I included them both.

POMEGRANATE MANDARIN QUINOA SALAD
w /sesame honey lime vinaigrette

thin sliced & chopped sweet Spanish onion
thin sliced & chopped red peppers
drained can of mandarins (or chopped mango)
¼ cup pomegranate pods (or chopped strawberries)
¼ cup toasted almond slivers
¼ cup chopped feta cheese
1c cooked quinoa
toss altogether with a drizzle of Sesame Honey Lime Vinaigrette or serve dressing on the side
serve on bed of baby greens/or just spinach
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SESAME HONEY LIME VINAIGRETTE
1 clove garlic crushed with salt
1tbs honey
1tbs mayo
1/4c Olive oil
+/- 1-2 tbs Lime juice
black, white and/or toasted sesame seeds

HONEY-LIME POTATO SALAD
Dice and boil 1 regular potato and 2 sweet potatoes (not yams…)

add optional: parsley, cilantro, black beans, corn, red peppers, green onions, jalepenos

TOSS in Sesame Honey Lime Vinaigrette

1001 ways to cook butternut squash (okay I exaggerate…quite a few)

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Yeah, I grew a few too many butternut squash this year….but what a lovely vegetable to work with, so many options from sweet to savory.
PASTA SAUCE, QUICHE, CAKE, LASAGNA, VEGAN BIRYANI….all so delicious!!
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  • BUTTERNUT SQUASH PASTA SAUCE
    • –can be made vegan

      split and roast a good size squash…

      simmer ONIONS & GARLIC in 1/4 cup OLIVE OIL & 2tbs BUTTER
      when golden, add add 1cup QUINOA simmer for 5 minutes
      add ROASTED SQUASH, 1 cup of WATER & VEG BROTH CUBE
      add a little ALMOND MEAL, 1/2 cup PARMESAN CHEESE, FRESH BASIL, CURRANTS, a dash of NUTMEG SALT & PEPPER and ORANGE JUICE &/OR CREAM till smooth top with GOAT CHEESE OR MOZZARELLA CHEESE
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      BUTTERNUT SQUASH QUICHE–makes TWO deep dish pie shells
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      • –this quiche has the same taste sensation as the lasagna further below, with lots of extra protein…
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      2c roasted butternut squash, then cut up small
      2c chopped greens (spinach, chard, beet greens)
      4 2inch sprigs of sage–finely minced
      1/2 cup caramelized (fried crispy-brown edges) onions-thin sliced, fried in butter 2tbsp
      1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
      1 cup of milk
      1/2c flour
      1/2 cup Parmesan
      fresh mozzarella (the soft ball/log kind–sliced into thin rounds)
      8 eggs
      salt & pepper
      ready made deep dish pie shells

      blend all ingredients (except fresh mozarella) in big bowl, divide between two pie shells, top with mozzarella rounds, salt & pepper the top
      cook for 45min at 350 or so…check for center firmness.
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      ORANGE POPPYSEED & BUTTERNUT CAKE
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      –this cake was so yummy, fruity, nutty & moist that it got snapped up, it didn’t even have icing!

      Here is a picture of the apx. size squash to use–cube, steam & mash 3 cups of raw-diced squash
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      DRY bowl:
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      2c whole wheat flour
      1/2c oats/flax
      1c +2-3tbsp brown sugar
      2tsp cinnamon
      1tsp nutmeg
      1c combination of: almond slivers/hazel nuts/chia seeds/pumpkin seeds
      3+tbsp poppyseeds
      1/2 cup minimal process cranberries
      rind of 2 large navel oranges done on cheese grater for long strips
      2tsp baking soda

      WET bowl:

      4 large eggs
      2tbs vanilla
      1c grapeseed oil
      3c raw-cubed butternut squash, steamed & mashed
      juice & chopped pulp from 2 large navel oranges (pith excluded–as in photo)

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      blend without over-mixing and bake for 45-50 minutes at 350degrees in a greased rectangle cake pan…or until firm in center and stick comes out clean.
      Great alone, as a breakfast cake with coffee or tea…or iced with orange-cream cheese icing

    • BUTTERNUT SQUASH LASAGNA
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