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Thursday, March 24, 2011

"Squashed" Again

Yep, squash is too good to have just one post.  So, today's post is more of a picture dedication to the wonderful, versatile veggie.  The various shapes, sizes, and colors of the squash family are all beautiful and unique, please enjoy!

Yes, this is butternut squash pureed with cocoa powder and a ripe banana.
Almost every night, I will get squash that I baked and pureed (about 3/4 Cup), put it in a blender cup, add some vanilla protein powder, frozen strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or a mix, some water, touch of milk, liquid stevia, and cinnamon and blend everything together.  This makes a great, low cal and healthy treat with a pudding/ice cream like consistency.  You can blend a multitude of ingredients with squash to make a creamy desert that offers way more than ice cream, but still has a lot of flavor.

You don't have to puree for a sweet treat.  Just peel, cube, toss in maple syrup or honey and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
Delicata is my #1 favorite squash!  The skin is soft and sweet enough to eat after baking.  Try baking for 45 minutes at 375 degrees as seen above and add ground beef or turkey mixed with other veggies for a tasty meal the whole family will enjoy.
Sure, there's sweet potato fries, but why not butternut squash or pumpkin fries?  Sounds good to me!
Another tried and true way to enjoy....just add cubed and roasted squash to a salad.  Adding in some goat cheese makes for a real treat!
Funny looks, great taste.  Cut up and eaten raw with some salt is great, but steamed is just as good!
Nothing added but some awesome grill marks, that's all it needs!
I'm sold!  Add some arugula for even more depth and nutrition.
MMM, squash frittata.....good morning, noon, and night.
I hope these photos were enjoyable and inspired you to welcome squash into your kitchen.  This veggie favorite will find itself back on this blog frequently as there are so many types that can be used in many different dishes.

Until next time, remember to eat for pleasure, eat for health, and eat for life!

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