When I told Shawn that we were having quinoa bowls for dinner, he made one of the most pathetic faces I’ve ever seen. But then I said the magic words – brown butter – and all was happy again. As we were eating, I even got a surprised “wow, this is delicious!” out of him. I love when I get that sort of reaction from something that’s as healthy as this!
These easy to make grain bowls are full of cozy winter flavors and textures, from toasty roast Brussels sprouts and squash to creamy soft boiled eggs, to crunchy walnuts. All that goodness gets piled on top of quinoa and drizzled with nutty brown butter and lemon juice. This recipe serves four – perfect for a dinner for two with leftovers for the next day’s lunch.
How to make winter vegetable quinoa bowls:
There are a few components to these bowls but each one is pretty hands-off.
Start by roasting your vegetables – I used a combination of Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and acorn squash. Drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and spread them onto a baking sheet. Make sure you give them a little room (use two baking sheets if you need to) and place the cut sides down for maximum browning.
While the vegetables roast, cook the quinoa and boil some eggs. I use this electric egg cooker – it was $18 on Amazon and the eggs come out perfect every time. If you’d rather boil your eggs the traditional way, I’d recommend a seven minute egg for these bowls. The soft yolk is amazing with the roast vegetables.
You can make the brown butter lemon sauce just before serving. Melt some butter in a light colored saucepan (it makes it easier to see what’s going on) set over medium heat. Once the butter melts, it will start to foam. Watch it closely and pull it off the heat as soon as the butter starts to brown and smell nutty, then pour it into a small jar to stop the cooking process. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and get ready to fall in love.
If you time everything right, it should all be done at the same time. Scoop it all into a bowl, drizzle it with the sauce, and sprinkle some chopped walnuts on top.
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