Thanks to the Squash S.O.S Response Team
You may or may not know that I recently put out a Squash S.O.S.
What else is one to do when they have too many butternut, acorn & sugar pumpkins on hand – but enlist the help of friends. And, help I did receive.
In fact, more than a half dozen ideas were shared on how I might cook up my squash beauties. I didn’t waste any time testing a couple of them out immediately.
First up, Liz suggested making fries out of the butternut – and so I did. Chipotle Spiced-Rubbed Butternut Fries.
This one was simple….
But, I couldn’t eat just fries alone, right? (Ok maybe I could but I chose not too J) I decided to whip up a cuban panini as the side.
Thick slices of sourdough + roasted pork, swiss & pickles. The end results look like this….
One scrumptious, crunchy cubano with some kickin’ chipotle butternut fries. (~ 300 cal – 6 pts per cuban, ~90 cal – 2 pts for fries). YUMMY!
Next, I really wanted to go with an acorn squash recipe. For this one, I knew I would be going it solo as the hubby’s not really a fan. Retta came to the rescue with her Sausage & Couscous Stuffed Acorn Squash. Deli-ci-ious!
I made a few minor modifications to this dish:
- Used chicken sausage (thin n’ trim)
- Added in carrot
- Sautéed veggies in 1 tsp olive oil & seasoned them with salt & pepper
- Used tri-color couscous
- Put a touch of parmesan cheese on the top to finish them off
At the end, I got this approximately 250 calorie (5 pt) meal of squash goodness:
It was crunchy. Kinda sweet. Veggies were perfectly seasoned. And the meal was pleasantly filling. Loved it – in fact so much that I ate two meals of it back to back.
So a big shout out to my blog friends for helping a lady out. These dishes were great. And, I’m sure you’ll get to see how I choose to whip up the rest of my squash pack. Honorable mentions on the list are:
- Butternut Squash and Apple Soup (with Leeks and without)
- Lentils & Butternut Squash
- Squash, Spinach & Chicken Pasta
If you have any other recipe ideas, feel free to send them my way (links are okay). Peace out.