Millet and Butternut Squash Salad

This salad was a HUGE hit at Thanksgiving.  I’m thinking about making it again for Christmas!

Plus, it is super easy and healthy- even though it doesn’t taste “healthy”.  🙂

Millet and Butternut Squash Salad

  • 1 LARGE butternut squash
  • 1 cup millet
  • cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp to 1/4 cup cranberries (depends on how sweet you want it)
  • walnuts and pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds) as garnish

Chop- CAREFULLY- your butternut squash.  You will want them in cubes.  These boogers are difficult to chop and peel so be careful!  Or be like me and get a Luvy to chop it for you!

After they are chopped, drizzle with just a little oil and toss with cinnamon.  Roast them on 425 for 20-25 minutes.  Check 1/2 way through to stir and make sure they are not burning.

Meanwhile, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Place your millet in a dry pan and “toast” it.  You will want to stir this continuously to prevent it from burning.  When it starts to pop and brown a little, it is done.  

Add into the 2 cups of water.  Be careful that it doesn’t boil over.  Reduce to low and cover.  Simmer for 20-25 minutes.  Do not lift the lid!  Fluff with fork when finished.

Once millet and butternut squash are both done, combine the two in a large dish.  Add in the craisins and toss to mix.

Next, stir in balsamic vinegar and maple syrup.  You may want to add more of one or the other depending on taste.  I don’t like mine too sweet.  You may also want to add a dash of salt here too.

Once you get it tasting the way you like, top with pepitas and walnuts.  Almonds, pecans, or sunflower seeds would also be lovely!

Enjoy!

This dish is a great dish to serve to a large group.  Feel free to half the recipe.  I do all the time!

It is also fantastic cold.  Like when you are sitting in the car for hours due to a wreck and you are starving and the only thing in the cooler is leftovers… just sayin…

Hope you all have a fantastic week!

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Coming to an end

I’m still here!  However, I’m still trying to recover from Thanksgiving.  Anyone else living in sweats or yoga pants??

Did any of you all venture out on Black Friday?

In college, I worked retail.. you couldn’t get me into a mall on Black Friday again.  Luvy and I went out on Saturday morning, and got some incredible deals!  Like new pillows.  🙂  I know you are jealous.

Saturday was a revolutionary day for me.  You know how you hear of something happening and everyone tells you that it has happened or will happen, but you have never seen it before so you start to doubt that it can or will happen?  (That was a mouthful!)

Well I was starting to feel that way about the idea of Kentucky ever beating Tennessee.  I will say, this was the first time in my LIFETIME that Kentucky has ever beaten Tennessee.  After 27 long years, all good things must come to an end.  It’s okay… next year boys.

Now, we are back to the grind working on school stuff.  However, I only have 2 weeks left of school!  It is wrapping up quickly!!

Since all good things must come to an end, I’m glad to see this semester end!

Tomorrow night, I have a wonderful recipe for you all that I served for Thanksgiving.  My papaw called me the next day asking for the recipe, so I thought I would share it with you all too!  It would be perfect for Christmas.  🙂

What did you all make for Thanksgiving?

Give Thanks

I couldn’t be more thankful!  I’m thankful for all the blessings God has given me.

I’m thankful for my amazing husband, family, friends, a good job, loving church family, and for each and every one of you!  

You all have walked beside me through life and it is our 2nd Thanksgiving together!  Thank you all for sharing life with me!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! – Psalm 100:4