Monday, November 12, 2012

Roasted Chicken with Quinoa and Butternut Squash

   This is a meal that I actually developed by myself for a change. I had a chicken, butternut squash and quinoa that I wanted to cook together and I found a great way to mix them all together. It ended up having a great taste to it all and it is very good for you. The quinoa is a protein along with the chicken, and squash is so good for you and it's a nice meal to have this time of year. If you have an infant at home this is good for them as well. It is all easy foods that babies like. Xavier loved having this for dinner he ate two bowls full.

Roasted Chicken with Quinoa and Butternut Squash

- whole chicken (cleaned and take out the neck and other inside parts)
- quinoa
- butternut squash
- olive oil
- onion
- celery
- carrot (if desired though I did not have one in the picture)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 Tbsps minced garlic
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. dried sage
- 1 1/2 tsp. cups of sliced up butternut squash
- 2 Tbsps butter or margarine

  In a skillet at medium high heat add olive oil, onion, carrot, celery and cloves of garlic that are chopped up. Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until tender.

 Add two cups of water to one cup of quinoa. Salt and pepper to taste.

 Bring to a boil and stir, lower heat to low and cover the skillet and cook until quinoa absorbs all the water and remove from heat. Approximately 7-10 minutes.

Once quinoa has absorbed all the water stuff into the chicken in the front and back. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine 1 1/2 Tbsps minced garlic, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. sage in bowl. Loosen skin from breast and drumsticks, rub over skin of chicken.

Combine squash, butter, 1/2 tsp of minced garlic, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper. Coat squash with mixture then arrange squash around the outside of chicken.

Bake stuffed chicken with squash around it uncovered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until juices run clear.

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