Recipe: Butternut Quinoa Bowl with Seared Avocado

Whip up a warming plant-based meal with this recipe from Tom Brady's former personal chef, Allen Campbell.

Butternut squash quinoa bowl./ Photo by Trevor Reid.

You may have seen the Tastemaking feature on chef Allen Campbell in our January issue (on newsstands now). Now cook like him, with this easy, plant-based recipe:

Butternut Quinoa Bowl with Seared Avocado

Makes 2 servings

2 cups butternut, diced small

1 cup carrot, diced small

2 tablespoons yellow onion, diced small

1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted

2 cups cooked sprouted quinoa (tri-color shown)

1 teaspoon fresh turmeric root, peeled, grated (or sub for 1 teaspoon dried, ground)

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 avocado, sliced in half, seed removed

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 cup lacinato kale, sliced thin

1 cup red cabbage, sliced thin

Preheat oven to 450. In a mixing bowl, toss together butternut, carrot and onion with coconut oil and season with salt and pepper.

Lay vegetables flat on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 8-10 minutes until just softened. Toss together with quinoa and grated turmeric. Season with salt and pepper.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and season with salt and pepper. In another small mixing bowl, combine cumin, ginger, salt and pepper. Sprinkle half of this over each half of avocado until evenly coated. In a sauté pan over medium heat sear avocado, flesh side down, in 1 teaspoon coconut oil until golden brown, 2-3 minutes.

In a saucepan with a steamer basket bring 1 inch of water to a boil. Put kale and cabbage in basket, cover and steam until just wilted, 20-30 seconds.

Divide quinoa squash mixture in half between two bowls. Place steamed kale and cabbage on top and drizzle with apple cider lemon vinaigrette. Slice seared avocado in chunks and scatter around the two bowls. Serves two.

Recipe by Allen Campbell,