Spelt salad with pumpkin, feta and pomegranate

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I think I can safely say that I have too much time on my hands right now. So what do I do? I make a mess of websites and create new designs and layouts and think of stuff I maybe wouldn’t think of if time was a little more limited… But as it is, I do have that time so I changed the layout. What do you think? Looking good? I know I changed the layout a while back and than changed it back to the original again because of a few things that didn’t quite work as planned. But I’m planning on keeping this one for a bit.

Spelt salad with pumpkin and pomegranate | insimoneskitchen.com

As far as delicious salads go; I made this one together with Tom as he is my trusted right hand in the kitchen right now. Or should I say my trusted legs as I still have my hands but cannot use my legs. haha… Whichever the case, this is a delicious salad. As we all know January is by far thé month in the year where everyone feels the need to eat healthy and lose weight. I – on the other hand – am trying to not gain weight and I can tell you that is virtually impossible if you don’t move at all. I don’t count using the wheelchair as that does require a bit of arm muscle but is to be neglected really.

Spelt salad with roasted pumpkin | insimoneskitchen.com

So I do my best to eat healthy but a lot of people feel the need to pamper me with delicious sweets and bring me chocolate and liqorice and stuff I should really not be eating. Well meant but I can feel I am growing in size… So more salads is the way to go. Or at least more veggies. Doesn’t have to be salads but I do need healthy food people!

Spelt salad with pumpkin, feta and pomegranate
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: BBC Good food
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Serves: 4
I followed the original recipe mostly but changed the rice into spelt and changed the dressing too
Ingredients
  • 1 small butternut squash (roughly 375 gr) peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 250 gr spelt
  • 140 gr dried cranberries
  • 200 gr pomegranate seeds
  • 100 gr roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 red onion
  • 200 gr feta, crumbled
  • Voor de dressing
  • juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 4 tbsp of clear honey
  • 4-5 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
Instructions
  1. Cut the pumpkin into cubes and put into an ovendish. Preheat oven to 200˚C. Sprinkle with the cumin, oliveoil, pepper and salt. Put into the oven to roast for about half an hour or until the pumpkin is cooked.
  2. Cook the spelt according to the instructions on the package, drain and rinse under cold water. Leave to drain
  3. Place the hazelnuts, spelt, onion, dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds and feta together in a large bowl and mix together
  4. Make the dressing by combing the ingredients and ad pepper and salt to taste. Ad a bit to the salad and serve the rest on the side.
  5. Add the pumpkin to the salad as well and serve straight away

 

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over. She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats. Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer

6 comments

  1. A beautiful salad! So many great flavours. My kind of dish.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Hey there Simone! this salad looks delicious and healthy!
    I can imagine your frustration with immobility. But more important than a few extra pounds is the healing and being able to walk nd eventually run again.
    Patience is hard work but you are strong and lucky to have Tom by your side and the furry babies to keep you amused.
    Get better soon Dear!
    xox

    • I know that is more important Karin, but I’m also thinking that any extra kilo’s are not going to help when I am finally able to move again. With most leg muscles gone I’m pretty sure that the lighter the better! And you know patience is so not my strongest point!

  3. This looks absolutely delicious! I might try this with farro (because that’s what I have on hand right now)!

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