Thursday, September 5, 2013

Try something new Thursday: butternut squash

Because of so many years living with an undiagnosed egg allergy which basically induced nausea or vomiting, my kiddo is understandably picky.

In many ways, this is not bad. He is such a healthy eater. He likes whole food: meats, dairy, whole grain breads, potatoes, fruits and veggies. He wants to KNOW what he's eating without a lot of stuff mixed together.

His preferred sweets are straight chocolate, rice krispie treats, jello and pudding. Not the worst of the worst.

However, trying new foods is also crucial to a healthy relationship with food and eating.

To minimize fusses during the week, we have a scheduled new-thing day. And that is Try Something New Thursday.

This week it was butternut squash, the only one that actually survived my garden this year though four more big ones are now growing. Below is the recipe.

He liked it so much that, I kid you not, after he tried it, he put his hands together and said, "Dear God, please let the rest of the squashes make it."

Told me it was "DEE-liscious!" Here goes:

This recipe comes from here, though I make a few changes to it, the most major being butternut instead of acorn squash. Adjust the measurements based on how many squashes you have.

Honey Spice Butternut Squash

1 medium to large butternut squash
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
(recipe calls for ginger, but I did not use it)

In a bowl, combine honey, butter, salt and cinnamon. Cut squash in half, discard seeds. Fill the bowl end of the squash with the mixture. Take a knife and cut several holes in the long part of the squash and brush some of the mixture of it, allowing it to seep in.

Place in a greased baking pan. Cover (I used foil) and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour or until squash is tender. Uncover, bake 10 minutes longer. While baking, periodically lift the foil and brush the mixture from the bowl part across the long part of the squash again.

The squash will be so tender you can just scoop it out with a spoon. It's almost like eating pumpkin pie, yum, yum, yum.

17 comments:

  1. Butternut squash is one of my very favorite things. I usually just bake it whole, cutting it after it's slow cooked for an hour or so. So delicious.
    And seriously, how hilarious is his plea to God? Yes! Please let the rest of the squashes make it!!

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    1. Well, 3 of them made it at least before the squash bugs invaded!

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  2. I absolutely love the idea of a day a week to try something new. Dose it only apply to food or will you be trying new experiences too?

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    1. You know, Jenn, I hadn't thought about experiences but that's a great idea! Typically our Saturdays are "no tech saturdays" and I'm trying to introduce some science projects and board games into that.

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  3. I'm not a fan of squash but I do like the idea of trying something new every week. Maybe not every day of the week but a few days wouldn't be bad.

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    1. You might consider giving butternut a try as it doesn't really taste like squash. If you like pumpkin pie, you just might like this.

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  4. I love butternut squash! It is so healthy. I love the trying something new day. Might have to become one of our things!

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    1. Good and good for you! And having it on one day takes the pressure off.

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  5. I love his reaction! We love trying new recipes at my house, so I'll have to add this one to the list!

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    1. Me too! New recipes are so fun, as long as they are easy, LOL

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  6. Oh, yum! My mom used to smother it with butter and brown sugar. Now I gotta find some butternut squash at the store this week!

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    1. I never paid attention to it in the store before but now I will! If it ever goes on sale, if I don't have any at that moment, I will totally get it!

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  7. Our family loves butternut squash! Try it with just a little butter and honey..yummers. I like it with Heinz 57 sauce on it.

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