Our first year gardening was also the last year I was allowed to decide on my own how many squash seeds to plant. Pumpkins, butternut squash and spaghetti squash all combined, we harvested over a hundred squash fruits before the frost hit. We were a family of two. Whoops. Needless to say, we ate a LOT of squash that winter, mostly in savory dishes like the ones below. Squash is especially kid-friendly, maybe because its sweet or maybe because yellow=cheese=safe. In either case, enjoy.
- Butternut Squash Soup. I use this recipe, doubling the squash and roasting the cubes before adding them to the stock. We served this at Christmas dinner a few years back, and it was a hit. This recipe looks crazy-good, too.
- Butternut Squash Risotto. Risotto takes some time to make, but not much effort; it's mostly stirring. The big payoff is hot, cheesy comfort food that even veggie haters can't stop eating. I'm crazy about this recipe, and sometimes let the squash chunks simmer a few minutes in the stock before adding them to the pan.
- Garbanzos Guisado. A friend of mine from Puerto Rico taught me how to make this dish; she and her family eat some version of this at least once a week. It's basically a squash and bean stew to serve over rice, but the olives, bacon, and avocados send it over the top. (We sub a few strips of fried, crumbled bacon for the ham. Probably my friend's mother would cry if she knew, but it's really good.) You can find the spice mix in the Latin food aisle.
- Roasted vegetables with pesto and feta. This is so easy I can't even find a recipe for it. Whack a bunch of veggies (squash, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, whatever does it for) into bite-size pieces. Toss with olive oil and basil pesto and spread the mixture onto a baking sheet. Roast at, say, 425F until the veggies are tender and roasty-looking. Sprinkle a bunch of feta over top, and dive in. The leftovers would be amazing in a sandwich, over pasta, or on a pizza.
- Kale Salad with Butternut Squash. I haven't had this salad yet but the picture totally turns me on. I think goat cheese tastes like goats smell, so I'll try Gorgonzola instead.
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