One of my go-to meals during the week is a grain bowl filled with vegetables; I especially love it because I can switch up the produce with the seasons. This autumnal version is extra delicious because it has a good balance of sweetness from the butternut squash, tartness from the dried cranberries and a savory nuttiness from the tahini sauce (which I seriously put on everything). By Sarah Holden for Food Network Kitchen.
Rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve under running water, then drain. Transfer to a medium saucepan; add 1 3/4 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat and cook until it browns and smells nutty, about 3 minutes. Add the squash, onion and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash is golden brown and tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
While the squash cooks, make the tahini sauce: Whisk together the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, honey, 1 1/2 tablespoons water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, to taste, in a medium bowl until smooth. Set aside.
Once the squash is golden and tender, add the kale to the skillet and cook, stirring, until the kale is slightly wilted, about 1 minute.
Transfer the cooked quinoa and vegetables to a large bowl. Stir in the dried cranberries and pecans. Serve warm or cold with the tahini sauce.
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