Let me tell you a tale about three little butternut squash. Squashes? Squashi? Squasheaux? What is the plural?
A while back I picked up Pretty Delicious by Candice Kumai. I had my eye on it for a long time and finally gave in. The cover itself is adorable. Pancakes stacked on a little pink cake plate – need I say more? I don’t really know too much about her, other than she was on Top Chef and she has a new book called Cook Yourself Sexy. Who could argue with that?
Recently I made the Creamy Butternut Squash and Apple Soup. The recipe called for 1-3/4 pounds of squash, which is about five cups. Apparently the scale was broken at the market that day, because I wound up with three times that amount.
I know what you’re thinking. That’s the brownest butternut squash soup you’ve ever seen. Remember I said that there are apples. Well, CK didn’t say to peel them, so I didn’t.
Of course it could also be because my onions got a little crispy. I can honestly say it didn’t affect the flavor, especially with the addition of almond milk. Delish and only 241 calories a serving.
Squash number 2 became Hungry Girl’s Bake-Tastic Butternut Squash Fries. As if I don’t have enough HG books, I picked up her new one a few weeks ago: Hungry Girl to the Max. The fries recipe is so simple I didn’t even take a picture. Sorry. Just bake them away at 425, flip after 20 and bake for 15 more. Add a little salt. I could have eaten the entire squash in one sitting.
Squash number 3 met some cauliflower and a potato and lived happily ever after. Hungry Swirl Butternut Casserole, where have you been all my life? In order to get the swirl this does require a little work, but next time I think I can put it all in one bowl.
There’s a little cheddar and some Laughing Cow mixed with the squash and a teeny bit of butter and fat-free half-and-half in the potato/cauliflower.
I may have broken a little HG rule and added a little extra cheese on top. I also didn’t broil it, as she suggested. I used my 8×8 Pyrex and I’ve heard some horror stories about those babies shattering. In fact, it says no broiler right on it.
This makes six servings, 146 calories each. I didn’t really have a plan for what to have with it. I considered just making it four servings and calling it dinner. I finally paired it with a little Morningstar Farms riblet. However, it was SO amazing I think I could have eaten half of it as a meal. Needless to say, I have found a repeater, my friends, and one I would serve to company to boot.
In other news: No need to send out the search party. I’ve just been a little busy with work and decorating for the holidays. And last week we went to see Rudolph at the Center for Puppetry. It was bargain-priced, free parking, only an hour, and if you can stand being surrounded by a jillion kids and their annoying mothers on cell phones, this is the show for you.
Also, we’re going to WDW for the Very Merry Christmas Party this weekend!
Eat Well and Savor.