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Cooking & Baking Winter Squash tips & recipes

Delicata squash

Delicata is a special winter squash. It has very thin skins, which allows it to be used in many ways, and it is not necessary to peel it.

Roasting delicata squash moons:

Cut in half and scoop out seeds, saving to roast if desired. Cut into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Toss with olive oil and salt and bake on a tray at 350-375 for about 20-30 minutes, until tender and soft and edges just beginning to brown.

Winter Squash

Cooking with Winter Squash:

Although winter squash has a tough rind, except for delicata, once peeled it cooks fairly quickly and easily. Delicata does not need to be peeled. I find that peeling and cubing butternut squash, or just cutting delicata into chunks, makes for a quick saute or stir-fry veggie.

Mexican style squash skillet (a favorite at our house):

1 large or 2 small winter squash, deseeded and peeled if not delicata

1 onion, chopped

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

1-2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 - 1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 - 1 tsp. paprika or smoked paprika

dash lime juice

pinch sea salt

dash ground black pepper

Other chopped veggies: sweet pepper, cooking greens, hot pepper, corn, etc.

1 can or 2 cups cooked black or other beans

Coconut oil or bacon fat, or cooking oil of your choice

Optional: cooked rice, warm tortillas, salsa, sour cream or plain yogurt, chopped cilantro, cubed avocado, shredded cheese, etc. for serving

In a large skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and stir for a few minutes, until onion is translucent. Add peeled cubed squash, or cubed delicata, lime juice, and spices. Saute for 5- 10 minutes on medium low heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking, or reduce heat to low and cover to allow veg. to steam cook. Add other veggies as desired and cook until all are tender. Add beans and salt and pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Serve with optional accoutrements. My kids love this mixture rolled into a tortilla topped with shredded cheese and sour cream or plain yogurt.

 

Baking Winter Squash:

Slice in half and scoop out seeds. Can save seeds to roast.

To bake halves, simply place cut side down in a baking dish. Add water to cover the bottom. Roast at 350 - 375 degrees for about 35 - 40 minutes, until soft, pierce with a fork to test. Larger varieties, such as butternut, will take longer than smaller varieties.

Turn halves over. Add a pat of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup or a pinch of brown sugar to each one, and allow to melt. A delicious dessert vegetable!

Or stuff cavity and place back in oven until stuffing is heated through. Stuffing ideas include:

- cooked sausage, onions and apples

- cooked rice or quinoa with chopped greens, sweet peppers, or other vegetables and cheese

- bread cubes sauteed in butter with onions, sage, other herbs, topped with cheese

- black beans sauteed with cumin, onion, garlic, and topped with cheese and salsa

Invent your own stuffing. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

 

 

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