BY: Sarah Anderson

November 15, 2018

This Warm Butternut Squash Salad is Fully Hygge-Approved

The internet is just as obsessed with hygge today as it was during winter of last year, so it would appear that this cozy trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Hygge is a Danish term pronounced “HOO-gah” that encompasses doing all things that make you feel cozy. Another way to describe it is the routine of indulging in the simple pleasures of life. Wintertime is the perfect season to experience hygge, as the cold weather keeps everyone wanting to stay inside and stay. Simple things like making a fire, lighting a candle, and enjoying hot cocoa or a favorite bottle of wine with those you love can help bring the feeling of hygge into your home.

Of course, we can’t experience hygge fully without making a delicious recipe to enjoy while still in our pajamas. This healthy winter salad recipe has hygge written all over it. Using roasted butternut squash, sprouted quinoa, roasted nuts and a spicy dressing will help keep you warm and cozy all winter.

The Addition of Bone Broth Collagen

I chose sprouted quinoa as the base of this healthy winter salad recipe to give the taste of a warm grain bowl. Quinoa is a seed-like grain that is higher in protein and fiber than ordinary cooked grains. And its naturally gluten-free. Sprouted quinoa is an even better choice as the seeds are germinated, which helps reduce the amount of starch in the seeds and increases the nutrients. Sprouted grains and seeds can also be easier to digest than traditionally cooked ones. One way to increase the benefits of sprouted quinoa is to add a scoop or two of our Bone Broth Collagen. You can add a scoop right into the pot while the quinoa is cooking, or to take hygge even further, pour the Bone Broth Collagen into a hot cup of water and sip while cooking this butternut squash salad. Bone broth, which contains collagen, boasts many nutrients, including glycine, glutamine and chondroitin, all of which can be beneficial during cold winter months.

Butternut squash is the perfect hearty squash for this healthy winter salad recipe. When roasted, butternut squash has a mild sweet flavor that can be paired with savory or sweet ingredients. It is naturally low in fat, high in fiber and has lots of potassium. The crunchy quinoa and toasted nuts harmonize nicely with the soft texture of the squash, and the dressing brings a little sweet and a little heat to the salad. Once you make this, you’ll feel downright cozy and ready for the season of hygge.

healthy winter salad recipe

Warm Butternut Squash Salad

Yields 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 T avocado oil
  • 1 C pecan halves
  • ½ C walnuts
  • 1 T avocado oil
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 C sprouted quinoa
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Chicken Bone Broth Collagen
  • 1 C green onions, sliced
  • 2 green apples, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Dressing Ingredients:

  • ¼ C apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • 1 T honey or maple syrup
  • ⅛ t ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ t ground ginger
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place butternut squash cubes on one baking sheet. Toss with one tablespoon of avocado oil and salt and pepper, then spread cubes into a single layer.
  3. Place butternut squash into the oven and bake for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Place pecans and walnuts on the other baking sheet and toss with avocado oil, honey, and salt and pepper. Put pecans and walnuts in the oven on a
    separate rack the last 5-10 minutes of the butternut squash roasting
  5. Cook sprouted quinoa according to the package.
  6. Add in Bone Broth Collagen at the end of the quinoa cooking, and stir to mix in evenly.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, add in roasted butternut squash, roasted nuts, cooked quinoa, sliced green onion and diced green apples.
  8. Whisk dressing ingredients in a smaller bowl, or place all ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake vigorously.
  9. Pour in dressing over butternut squash mixture and toss until all is combined.
  10. Season with salt and pepper as needed, and serve immediately.

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