Day 6: Olive Magazine 7 Meals for £30 – Take Two!

Ok, I apologise for not doing these in order – we had an Easter interlude and now another days interlude as I was down in London with work! So, its a sunny Saturday afternoon and I’ve just finished eating the next recipe on my 7 meals for £30 journey, which is, appropriately, full of spring colours! 

Warm Squash & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Soy Dressing

Ingredients, serves 2:

  • Butternut squash, 350g cut into wedges
  • Red onion, cut into thin wedges
  • Groundnut oil
  • Quinoa, 100g
  • Edamame beans, 150g
  • Sesame oil, 1tbsp
  • Lemon 1/2 juiced
  • Soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp
  • Ginger, a small chunk finely chopped


  • Put the squash and onion in a bowl and add 1tbsp oil and lots of seasoning and toss. Spread onto a non stick baking dish and roast for 25-30 minutes until tender. 
  • Cook the quinoa following pack instructions and add the edamame for the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain well.
  • Divide the quinoa between two bowls and add the squash and onion then whisk together the sesame oil, lemon, soy and ginger and spoon over the top.


I made this for myself so halved the ingredients and as I didn’t have any quinoa in, I used basmati rice instead. The dressing really lifted this and the sharpness of the lemon against the salty soy worked well. This is something I see as more of a lunch dish than a dinner – its not really hearty enough to fill you up after a long day at work! 8/10 

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