Begin by roasting the butternut squash. Preheat your oven to 375° F. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until soft but still holds its shape. Remove and set aside.
While the squash is roasting, cook the quinoa. Place the quinoa, water and salt in a medium sized sauce pot. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, until all of the water is absorbed, about 18-20 minutes. The last 5 minutes of cooking, remove the lid to let some of the water evaporate. The germ should be soft but lightly crunchy when you bite it. You don’t want it to be mushy. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
In a large bowl, toss together the squash, quinoa, black beans, toasted pumpkin seeds and parsley. Drizzle with the dressing and taste for seasoning, adding more salt or pepper if needed.
Will keep refrigerated for 3 days in an airtight container.
Recipe Courtesy of Megan Mitchell