I bought a butternut squash with intent to bake. I would usually have it as a side dish or on top of salad, but camera man had the brilliant idea of making a butternut squash soup! The soup was delicious, easy to make.
Camera man and I are in CA for a week to visit family and friends. The weather has been more than perfect and it's been nice to get a break from the Boston chill.
OK. Go buy butternut squash and bake it. It is so good!!! Squash is also rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins B6! My cousin from a far away land emailed me a salad recipe. One of the ingredients in the salad is baked butternut squash. I had intentions of making this salad and blogging about it, but could not get past step one in the directions! I could not stop myself from eating the warm, baked, butternut squash. It was SO GOOD! I put NOTHING on it. Just baked it at 375 degrees for about 30 min- to an hour (or until a fork will easily go through it). Do not rush the baking process.
I tried the butternut squash plain, and then I dipped it in my favorite ketchup. YUM! Below is a comparison of sweet potato and butternut squash. They are both delicious and healthy but have their differences!
Butternut squash 1 cup Sweet potato 1 cup
calories 63 130
carbs 16.4 33
fiber 2.8 4
sugar 3.1 7
protein 1.4 2
fat 0.1 0.0
So I am not much of a pasta person. I lived in the North End, Boston (aka little Italy) for 2 years; I ate at a local Italian restaurant ONCE! People always tell me I should try Spaghetti Squash. I finally came across this "spaghetti squash" at Trader Joes, and was excited to experiment and cook with this new found vegetable. I decided to make Spaghetti squash topped with an abundance of julienne cut vegetables, mozzarella, garlic and EVOO.
To start I cut the squash in half the long way and placed it in water and boiled it for about 20-30 minutes. I used thongs to take the squash out of the water and let it cool off a little before stringing.
I warmed up a pan with EVOO and fresh crushed garlic. After the garlic simmered for a bit I added the julienne veggies and gave it a little toss. By this time the Squash was ready for the fun part... stringing!
You have to string the squash the long way. It can be hot so be careful! Don't forget about the veggies... keep mixing!
In order to spice up the veggies I added grape tomatoes cut in half, diced fresh mozzarella cheese, and a medley of ground up spices. It was such a filling dish, and I can not even begin to describe how buttery and delicious the squash tasted. I kept saying, "is there butter in this"? The best part it was ALL veggies!
Other methods to cook the squash:
about an hour in the oven at 375 F.
10 to 12 minutes, then let stand for 5 minutes or so afterward to finish steaming.
for about half an hour.
Slow Cooker/Crock Pot:
Put it in with a cup of water and let it go on low all day (8 to 10 hours).
How do you make your spaghetti squash?