Broccoli, Squash and Quinoa | Vegan, GF | #RecipeADayMay

Hey guys and welcome back to Recipe A Day May. As you may have realised from yesterday’s post, this challenge has finally started to take its toll in the last few days. It’s time for a confession, today’s post is a complete failure in terms of the concept behind this series. If you cast your mind back all the way to day one, I said I wanted to do this series as a challenge to myself to try a new dish every single day in May. Well, this isn’t new at all. In fact, this dish is one of the first things I ever made when I switched to a vegan diet, but it’s still a firm favourite. I actually featured this dish in a What I Eat in a Day post a while back and I got a few requests for this recipe back then. I’m sorry if you’ve been waiting 3(?) months for this, but this is my broccoli, squash and quinoa dish.  

I really should have thought of a better name before posting this.  

This recipe is really easy to put together, hence why I’m opting for this one now. I always make mine with the skin on my squash as I love the taste when it gets a little crispy, but that’s a personal preference. If you’d prefer you can peel it first and roast it for slightly less time.  

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, nut free, vegan and can very easily be soy free.  

Prep time: 5-10 minutes  

Cook time: 45 minutes  

Serves 2-3 



  • 1 whole medium-large butternut squash, chopped (& peeled if you’d prefer) 
  • 1 tsp chilli powder 
  • Crack of salt and pepper 
  • 1 tsp olive oil   


  • A small red onion, chopped  
  • 250g tenderstem broccoli 
  • 1 tbsp tamari 
  • Fry spray/ oil/ water (whatever you normally fry with) 


  • 100g quinoa  
  • 300ml vegetable stock  
  • 1 tsp garlic powder   


  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 
  • Juice of one lemon  



  1. Preheat oven to 190°c. In a large bowl mix together all of the squash ingredients, ensuring the seasoning is evenly distributed over the squash.  once coated, place in a roasting dish in the centre of the oven for 40 minutes.  
  2. After 20 minutes, rinse your quinoa then add all quinoa ingredients to a small saucepan and cook on a low heat for approximately 15 minutes, until quinoa is fully cooked. Once cooked, set quinoa aside.  
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, heat a wok on a medium to high heat then add the fry spray/ oil/ water.  
  4. Once it’s up to temperature, add the onion to the wok, stirring often. After 5 minutes, add the broccoli and cook for a further 5-7 minutes until cooked but still crunchy. Then add the tamari.  
  5. When the quinoa and squash are both cooked, add both to the wok and cook for a further 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly until all ingredients are fully combined.  
  6.  Add your balsamic vinegar and lemon juice before serving. 

Serve and enjoy! 

I feel like I’ve failed ever so slightly with my challenge today, so I just want you to know that I did technically try something new today. I had a brand of yoghurt I’ve never tried before. That counts, right? Maybe not. But this dish is still hopefully something new for you lovely people. Let me know if you’d like to try this down below!  

Until tomorrow (with a new recipe for sure),  


To catch up with #RecipeADayMay click here. Or click here for more dinner recipes.  



  1. 29th May 2018 / 11:24 pm

    So proud of your recipe a day posts! Especially since they are SO healthy! (You’re guilt tripping me)

  2. 30th May 2018 / 11:01 pm

    You have done so bloody well to get this far so trying a new yoghurt is good enough for me! I always thought butternut squash wouldn’t be very nice until I actually tried it as for some reason it looks really unappealing to me but I ADORE the taste of it! Can’t say I’ve ever had it crispy although I prefer most foods a bit overcooked and with substance to them so I’m sure I’d love it. I always say this but your recipes are so brilliant! Please put them into a giant fabulous cook book one day!
    Alice Xx

  3. 4th June 2018 / 5:02 pm

    I LOVE broccoli, squash and quinoa so this sounds divine! Sounds fairly easy too, I know my husband would adore this dish. In fact I’ve yet to find a recipe from your blog I wouldn’t try :’) x x
    Ellis //

  4. 4th June 2018 / 5:08 pm

    You’ve done so well with this! This dish looks so yummy, anything with sweet potato in is a winner for me! I might see if my toddler likes this too!
    Hels xx

  5. 4th June 2018 / 5:09 pm

    I’m loving these recipe posts you keep putting up! I have quite a few bookmarked and although this one looks good I’m allergic to squash! Your food photography is spot on to, you have an ability to make everything look tasty!

    • Sophie
      4th June 2018 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you so much! I feel like my photography is one of my biggest downfalls so that’s the nicest compliment ever! Oh no!! I love squash, that would be my worst nightmare. Thank you for reading anyway! x

  6. 4th June 2018 / 5:11 pm

    What a creative way to sneak veggies into your meals. I’m not vegan and this looks super satisfying. I would definitely eat this for lunch or as a side dish with dinner. Your May challenge is so cool, I think it’s a creative way to polish your food palette and try new meals. It’s ok you fixed a dish you had before, at least it’s new to us 🙂

    Natonya |

  7. 4th June 2018 / 5:23 pm

    I love broccoli, it’s one of my favourite veggies! This dish sounds like a tasty combination of healthy & nutritious food. I also agree with Alice, we need the Glow Steady cookbook to come out one day please! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    • Sophie
      4th June 2018 / 10:45 pm

      Me too! So many people seem to hate it but tenderstem especially is probably one of my favourite foods. You’re too kind! Although that would be amazing…x

  8. 4th June 2018 / 5:59 pm

    Ahhh, you’re making me hungry again! I absolutely love butternut squash and broccoli and I’ve had quinoa once but I don’t hate it, so this recipe will definitely be making its way into my recipe book. Here’s to healthier life! Hehe. Thank you for sharing hun! xx Ain

  9. 13th June 2018 / 2:26 am

    This recipe looks so good. Seriously, I agree with everyone! Good for you for keeping up with posting recipes everyday aaaand for guilt-tripping me for not eating healthier xD

    ☼ cabin twenty-four

  10. 14th June 2018 / 2:54 pm

    I feel like I’m always looking for a good new interesting way to eat quinoa, so I’ll try this out 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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