Butternut squash, also know as the pear-shaped-yellow-pumpkin-fruit (yep, it’s a fruit) has loads of health benefits. So, I wanted to find a way to incorporate it into my fam’s diet and make it look pretty (of course since it ignites my creativity side). Turns out that it was easier to cook than I thought it would be, and the recipe I created has a winter cozy holiday comfort food feel to it. This is a simple recipe with no real measurements. A throw salt here and there nilly willy type of recipe I created when I wanted to cook dinner differently.
I simply roasted the butternut squash in the oven:
- cut the top into 1/2″ thick circles
- cut the base in half to make 2 bowls
- brushed a tad of olive oil and salt on the halves
- then placed it down on the baking try at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (or until my smoke alarm startd yelling at me).
I prepped the ground beef by cooking it in a frying pan in medium heat:
- added salt
- added pepper
- added cilantro
- added walnuts
- then after I scooped the ground beef into the already roasted butternut squash I added coconut flakes .. just bec I love it. It’s part of living beautiful .. incorporating actions that make you feel happy.
I also made Quinoa … adding cinnamon and coconut flakes to spice it up. It was a nice replacement to rice. I love me my rice, but this does come in at 2nd place. I managed to mash some of the squash to make it souplike .. turned out awlful, looked good, but tasted blah. Do you have a go-to comfort meal that you like making or having someone else make it? And no, “chocolate” is not a meal.
Hubby surprised me with keeping the squash seeds so we can plant them in the spring. It was a “surprise” bec I kept saying that I wanted to do it, and hadn’t; instead the extra pumpkins I wanted to carve kept floating within our home …. dining table centerpiece, kitchen console, kitchen counter. When it got closer to the knives, hubby took over. Scooped all the seeds, placed them on paper towels to dry, then stored them in an envelope.
We heard that envelopes are the best storage place bec it allows the seeds to breath. I’m so excited to see them grow in our garden!!! I’ll provide an update on that process when spring comes along. Have a beautiful day.