Beets, squash, kale and chickpeas…together at last

January 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm 1 comment

There’s nothing like a week off work to spur on more blogging. I’ve been looking through a few photos I took in recent weeks and found this one of a veggie dish I made for a holiday dinner with friends. I started with an ingredient that everyone seems to love: roasted beets. I also had butternut squash, a fresh bunch of kale, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds and shallots, all things that have come to be staples in my kitchen one by one over the past few years, so that’s how this dish came to be.

Uplifting day-glo colours, healthy veggies, a bit of protein, and aside from the messiness of beets it’s a snap to make.

Beet, squash, kale and chickpea medley
Serves 4 to 6

4-5 medium beets, brushed with olive oil and roasted with their skins on
1 package of cubed butternut squash (look in the freezer section for the pre-cut kind and gain back hours of your life!)
3 cups of sliced kale
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 1-2 cups cooked if you are starting them from a dried state)
2 shallots, minced
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Roast the beets until tender, peel off the skins, chop into 1/2 inch cubes and place in a large casserole dish. Cook the butternut squash according to package directions and add to the beets along with chickpeas, kale, shallots, pumpkin seeds, oil and salt and pepper. Mix it all together as gently as you can so the beets don’t take over the colour of the squash. Cover the casserole dish and cook in the oven at 375F for 20 minutes or until everything is heated through. Serve as a side dish or as a vegetarian main dish.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Becoming Madame  |  January 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    My mother-in-law made a beet salad at Christmas this year. It was the first time I’d had beet that way and it was delicious. Your recipe looks even better! Thanks for the ideas! Happy New Year!

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