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butternut squash and sage quinoa

I’m so excited to be guest posting here today! When Jenna asked me, I immediately said yes! I am a HUGE fan of Eat, Live, Run and absolutely love all the recipes that Jenna creates!

I’m Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking! I started in the food world about 3 1/2 years ago when I went to culinary school. Shortly after that I became a private chef in Malibu, CA and cooked for lots of fabulous people and celebrity clients. As a chef I am always obsessing over the best ingredients and am always looking for my next food adventure whether that be at my local farmers market or some country in South America where I get to explore a new food culture. Learning about different cuisines makes it easy for me to become obsessed with certain ingredients. Something usually strikes my fancy and then I’m all about it for a few weeks, creating dish after dish that features that item.

Today, I’m excited to share one of my absolute favorite healthy fall recipes for Butternut Squash and Sage Quinoa.

I’m kinda obsessed with quinoa. I eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and mix it into all sorts of different dishes. Best part is that it’s super healthy! I’m also kinda obsessed with sage. I feel like it doesn’t get used enough, so I’m always excited to incorporate it into any of my dishes.

And who doesn’t love butternut squash!?

It’s just screams fall! And it’s extra delicious when roasted with a few spices!

So after combining all those great ingredients you will have a super healthy and gorgeous meal.

Butternut Squash and Sage Quinoa

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1 cup quinoa

2 cups chicken stock

2 cups butternut squash, cut into ½ inch dice

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

½ tsp garlic powder

4 tbsp olive oil, divided

1 yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

6-8 sage leaves, finely sliced


Combine the quinoa and chicken stock in a medium pot. Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and then set aside.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Place the cubed butternut squash onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Give the butternut squash a quick toss to make sure the seasonings are evenly distributed on the squash. Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast for about 20 minutes until the squash is fork tender.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, add the remaining olive oil over medium high heat. Add the diced onion and garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add the sage and let it cook for about 2 Minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add the cooked quinoa and roasted butternut squash. Toss the mixture to combine and taste for seasoning. Add more salt and pepper if needed.

Serve immediately.

**Thanks so much for having me Jenna! I hope you’ve all enjoyed my Butternut Squash and Sage Quinoa Salad.

Feel free to contact me any time. You can also find me on Twitter, FacebookStumbleUpon and Pinterest. You can also find more recipes and even travel/home posts on my blog What’s Gaby Cooking.

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  • Kamaile
    December 1, 2011 at 3:57 am

    I love butternut squash! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Nellie
    December 1, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Yum! and so easy, too!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    December 1, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Gaby your recipes always sound delish and I love that you and Jenna tag teamed up for this post…California ladies unite 🙂

  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset
    December 1, 2011 at 4:19 am

    I need quinoa back in my life…this is a great recipe Jenna, thank you!

  • Blog is the New Black
    December 1, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Awesome post, Gaby! LOVE sage.

  • katie @KatieDid
    December 1, 2011 at 4:30 am

    My favorite flavors right there, yum!

  • Katrina
    December 1, 2011 at 4:31 am

    This quinoa is so tasty looking! Love it.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    December 1, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Great recipe Gaby! I love butternut squash, sage, and quinoa, so this sounds perfect! Gorgeous photos too. Have a great day! 🙂

  • Bev Weidner
    December 1, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Hi, Gaby!

    LUV this salad. Luv your face. And I LUV this post!

    • Gaby
      December 1, 2011 at 9:23 am


  • Molly @ RDexposed
    December 1, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Yum! I love doing this combo with risotto. I’ll have to try quinoa!

  • Jenn
    December 1, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Does it say how many it serves?

    • Gaby
      December 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Hey Jenn! It serves 2 as a main course! 4 as a side dish

  • Amanda
    December 1, 2011 at 5:21 am

    This recipe sounds fantastic, Gaby! I have some sage sitting in my fridge just waiting to be used, and I’ve been looking for a reason to buy butternut squash. 🙂

  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
    December 1, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Can’t beat this combo! Great guest post Gaby!

  • Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life
    December 1, 2011 at 5:41 am

    I still have tons of squash and sage from Thanksgiving, so I will have to try this!! Thanks, Gaby!!

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    December 1, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I like the soft, furry petals of sage, it’s definitely a weird textured herb! haha, I don’t cook with it much either but what a nice, comforting dish 🙂

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    December 1, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Excellent recipe! I hardly use sage, but i need to start 🙂

  • Faith @ For the Health of It
    December 1, 2011 at 6:03 am

    You know what’s crazy? I’ve never actually cooked with sage, but for some reason I keep craving it. I keep scheming up these sage (and thyme – thats another one!) recipes but hold off on them because I’m not sure if they’d taste good…they just sound good lol

  • Cait's Plate
    December 1, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Quinoa is definitely something I need to work with more. I have a ton of it and for whatever reason never end up using it! I love the idea of having it for breakfast!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    December 1, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Fabulous Gaby!!!
    I’ve been exploring the joy of cooking with quinoa for the past 6 months and love it’s taste, texture and versatility! This recipe looks so delicious and I love that the ingredients are accessible and easy to prepare! Great job.

  • Emmy (Wine and Butter)
    December 1, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I LOVE quinoa too – and always forgoet how much I adore it. It goes especially well with Feta too (but then… what doesn’t?!).
    I actually recently wrote a recipe for cranberry feta that tastes a LOT like stuffing and feels so seasonal. I would really really recommend it!
    This looks so seasonal too… it so fun, now I’m apparently bit too old for presents, to get dorkily excited about all the veggies that come into season over winter. And the mulled wine of course…

  • Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    December 1, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Just picked up quinoa and butter nut squash at the store yesterday! Looks delicious!

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    December 1, 2011 at 7:36 am

    This looks wonderful and cozy! I really like bnut squash- it’s my fav squash (besides pumpkin 😉 ).

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    December 1, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I am always looking for ways to spice up my quinoa and this is perfect, especially around the Winter months. I love Sage…for some reason, it really reminds me of the Holidays. Thank you!

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed
    December 1, 2011 at 8:01 am

    sage and squash is one of my favorite flavor combinations. YUM.

  • Addy
    December 1, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Darn it, I just used 2 butternuts that had been lying around my house all week in a soup that was less than spectacular. I knew I should’ ve held out! Oh well, guess it’s time for another trip to the store! This looks great!

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    December 1, 2011 at 8:07 am

    This looks great! I’ll have to try it out next week.

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    December 1, 2011 at 8:17 am

    This looks uber-healthy…a very nice balance to chicken and dumplings, etc. Sage is such a pretty herb,..all fuzzy and soft!

  • Irina G (Fit Flexitarian)
    December 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

    OMG Gaby, I am SO obsessed with quinoa, too!!! I’m really glad I’m not the only one. I only discovered it maybe a little over a year ago but I go through phases where it’s ALL I want to eat. I just had a simple quinoa & peas with some grilled fish for dinner last night and I’m planning to try making a quinoa risotto & a quinoa scramble this weekend. However, I am gonna have to put this recipe on my list because I can just SMELL how yummy the sage and butternut squash combination must be. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • BigFatBaker
    December 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

    This sounds super healthy and delicious! I agree that sage is not used enough. Or maybe I just don’t use it enough 😉 Thank you for sharing!

  • Sarah
    December 1, 2011 at 9:32 am

    ooh looks good =) How many serves does this one make please?

  • Cassie
    December 1, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I love these flavors. Perfect fall/winter meal for me. Great post, Gaby!

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    December 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I love this combination! It looks absolutely delicious!

  • Anya
    December 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    This looks amazing!! Just the dish for me 🙂

  • Kiran @
    December 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I made a similar recipe for summer with kale etc. Quinoa is my go-to healthy meals. Love it 🙂

  • erin @WELL in L.A.
    December 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Wow… just what I was planning to make for dinner! I did a search for “quinoa + butternut squash + sage” and… boom! Deliciousness in an instant! The side dish for our salmon tonight! Thanks, Gaby!

  • Lindsay @ Nourish
    December 2, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I totally agree about using Sage! I always forget about using it, yet when I do it always adds the nicest touch.

    Can’t wait to try this recipe… I’m kind of addicted to quinoa!

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  • Jen
    December 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Just made this for dinner tonight. Soooooo yummy! Added a little lemon zest and a wee bit of fresh lemon juice. Shazam. Thanks for sharing.

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    November 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Your recipe was really delicious. I think I served it as a casserole. Thank you for sharing.

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    April 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I have recently discovered quinoa and I’m search for recipes. This one seems quite simple and delicious. Thanks a lot!