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One Pot Smokey Squash Bake

This is super easy to prepare, and the oven bake develops a deep smokey flavour. You can either buy a grain mix or create a mix from your store cupboard. The more variety the better, as this increases your range of nutrients.

Serves 4


1 tbsp olive oil

1 red onion

300g mushrooms

150g tomatoes

2 cloves garlic

400g butternut squash, washed and cubed

2 tbsp tomato puree

1/4 tsp ancho chilli paste (or chipotle/harissa)

1 tsp sweet smoked paprika

1 tsp ground coriander

200g grain mix (eg Brown/red rice, quinoa, freekeh, spelt)

1 litre vegetable stock

Handful fresh parsley


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius.

  2. Heat the oil in a large casserole dish on the stove top. Finely dice the onion and add to the pan. Cook on a low heat for 5 minutes.

  3. Dice the mushrooms and add to the pan, cook for a further 10 minutes, until the mushrooms start to brown.

  4. Dice the tomatoes and finely chop the garlic. Add both to the pan and continue to cook on a low heat for 5 minutes.

  5. Add the tomato puree, chilli paste, paprika and ground coriander and give mix well to incorporate. Mix in the squash, grains and stock. Cover the pan with a heavy lid, and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

  6. Take the lid off the pan, and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes, to add colour to the top of the bake.

  7. Finish with a seasoning of chopped fresh coriander, salt and pepper.



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