Fast Fuel: High Protein Quinoa, Butternut Squash, and Black Beans

A flavorful high protein meatless dish that’s easy to prepare even on your busiest days.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 2-4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons Kerrygold butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup of red onion chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 cup chopped butternut squash
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed clean
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup kale, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Fresh squeezed juice of one lime
  • Pink salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently until fragrant, about one minute.
  3. Stir in quinoa, water, tomatoes, squash, lime, chili powder, and cumin; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  5. Add beans and kale and heat for an additional 5 minutes.

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