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09-25-2007, 06:09 PM
What is your favorite fall/ winter veggie?

Mine is acorn squash

09-25-2007, 06:24 PM
Hmmm, I don't have just one! I'll go with squash as well, though! I especially like butternut. My heart will always belong to >> :broc: though! ;)

09-25-2007, 06:29 PM
Do potatoes count?

I haven't really eaten many winter veggies in the past. I'm dubious about non-carrot and potato root vegetables and extremely wary of greens that require cooking. This will be my breakout season! We bought swiss chard and rutabagas at the market this weekend, and my bf promises to make them in a way that will be delicious. We'll see...I'm not optimistic about that chard. :eek:

09-25-2007, 06:37 PM
I think rutabaga is the biggest P.I.T.A! Maybe I didn't prepare it well, but it takes time and hard physical labor to get it into edible pieces, then after it's cooked it's not that great tasting anyway.

My current favorite fall vegetable is probably kale. Do sweet potatoes count? They'd be a good second runner-up.

09-25-2007, 06:39 PM
I miss my summer squash... :( Considering I'm pretty limited about my "favorites" with vegetables, I'm gonna have to say my most recent favorite is Spinach :D Versatile and really yummy when it's seasoned well!

09-25-2007, 08:27 PM
I'm not sure if it's my favorite, but I like cabbage. Oh, and broccoli :-)

09-25-2007, 09:38 PM
My favorite is definitely cabbage, raw or cooked.

09-26-2007, 01:46 PM
I miss my summer squash... :( Considering I'm pretty limited about my "favorites" with vegetables, I'm gonna have to say my most recent favorite is Spinach :D Versatile and really yummy when it's seasoned well!

We moved to Alabama about 5 months ago; now it it the end of September and still have LOTS of summer squash!;) We will have it to about November in abundance.

10-04-2007, 10:45 PM
Sweet potato...love it...

Butternut squash rocks too.

10-05-2007, 09:01 AM
Squash, hands down.

Buttercup, butternut, acorn, sweet dumpling, carnival, spaghetti... oh I could go on :)

The one winter squash I'm not all that crazy about, though, is kabocha (a.k.a. Japanese Pumpkin). Its flesh is too dry. I'm sure there are winter squashes I haven't tried yet, but this is the only one I dislike a little bit of the ones I've eaten.

10-05-2007, 09:33 AM
Hey, a foreigner here lol, am from England but live in Spain now, what is squash?

My fav veggie is asparagus or brocoli

10-05-2007, 11:15 AM
Squash is the category that includes all sorts of pumpkins: butternut, acorn, etc. Summer squash are zucchinis and things like that.

10-05-2007, 11:53 AM
this isn't a winter veggetable but i LOVE jalapeno peppers. I can eat them raw, i'm a freak!

10-05-2007, 12:22 PM
Green beans. We eat them several times a week. Broccoli is a close second. I also like cauliflower a lot, but my DD doesn't. I like acorn squash but don't fix it often.

10-05-2007, 01:57 PM
Hey baffled - you can fix swiss chard any way you fix spinach, including raw. I also have a number of not-exactly-low-calorie ways I like it. :lol: One that's not too bad is to saute lots of onion and garlic (mushrooms too, if you like) and then make a white sauce incorporating them. Wash and cut the chard into smaller pieces. When the sauce is done, pile the chard into the frying pan on top of the sauce and cover it. After it starts to wilt, uncover it and mix it into the sauce. The amount of sauce will vary with how much chard you have, but you need less than you think. You want to coat the chard rather than have it swimming in the sauce.

Favorite fall veggie for me is hard squash - any kind. We had a delicata last night, and I have a sweet mama and and a baby blue hubbard waiting in the wings. My DH has also talked me into making borscht this weekend - how can anything with beets not be tasty?

10-05-2007, 02:13 PM
Pat~that reminds me of a recipe I had last year (sort of). You take cooked orzo (a kind of pasta that looks like rice) and add a bag of fresh spinach and some chopped tomatoes and steam it with a little garlic and olive oil. I served it with halibut. Oh, so yummy!

ETA: Here's the recipe:

Baked Halibut with Orzo, Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes (epicurious)

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 6- to 7-ounce halibut fillets

1 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups (packed) baby spinach
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
Preheat oven to 425°F. Whisk 2 tablespoons oil and lemon juice in bowl; season dressing with salt and pepper. Place halibut on rimmed baking sheet; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with some of dressing. Bake until just opaque in center, about 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite; drain. Add 2 tablespoons oil and garlic to same saucepan; sauté over medium heat 1 minute. Add drained pasta, spinach, and tomatoes; stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand 1 minute (spinach will wilt). Divide pasta between 2 plates. Top with halibut and remaining dressing.

10-13-2007, 10:01 PM
Hey Ladies...trying to work on uping my veggies..for those of you who love butternut squash??? How do you prepare? Do you add anything on top? Thanks.:)

10-20-2007, 03:48 AM
I'm a vegaholic; can't pick one.
Lately boiled cabbage because it's been cheapest.

10-21-2007, 09:26 PM
Allison, thanks for the recipe. Easy and delish sounding, too!

10-21-2007, 09:50 PM
Sweet potatoes, and all the winter squashes. But what do you put on them that isn't butter?

11-26-2007, 10:59 PM
Butternut squash. Favorite way cooked: roasted in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil, dash of salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and a generous helping of pepper. Roast 1 - 2 inch cubes in a 375 degree oven for 1 hour until caramelized and wonderful smelling! :) Sometimes I like to mix them with cubes of sweet potatoes. YUM! If they are organic veggies, I cube them up skins and all! Extra fiber is a good thing.

11-27-2007, 11:22 AM
Brussel sprouts... little cabbages, so yummy. I roasted some last night

11-27-2007, 02:28 PM
I love brussel sprouts too! We are having some tonight in fact. I like to coarsely chop them and then sautee with garlic, cider vinegar, and just a touch of brown sugar (although I'm thinking of trying date sugar to see how that works.)

11-27-2007, 02:45 PM
Oh I LOVE brussel sprouts as well. I roast them with chopped fresh garlic, a little sea salt and some cooking spray.

Libby, I'm a huge fan of butternut squash too. I've never made it though in cubes. Always cut in 1/2 baked in the oven. I think I may give your way a try. Sounds yummy.

I'm so forutnate. I just LOVE vegetables. It would be hard for me to choose just one. Cauliflower is DEFINITELY one of my favs though. I followed a recipe that Sheila53 gave out, for Thanksgiving. It was a HUGE hit with everyone. I made it again this past Sunday night. My kids loved it. And they were never fans of the stuff. Here's the recipe. It's FABULOUS. I didn't use the olive oil though, I just used cooking spray.

Cauliflower Poppers

1 head cauliflower, cleaned and cut into bite size pieces
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder (or normal chili powder for less heat)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 400
put cauliflower in a big baggie, add oil. Zip closed and shake to evenly distribute oil. Combine spices and add to cauliflower, close bag, shake. Bake on a baking sheet until tender, about 10-15 minutes.

Suzanne 3FC
11-27-2007, 04:26 PM
Butternut squash :T

11-27-2007, 05:10 PM
OMG there are so many . . . asparagus (cooked), cauliflower (raw), tomatoes (every possible way) . . . I could go on and on.

11-30-2007, 08:49 PM
Mmmmm, veggies. I just signed up for a CSA that gets air-freighted here from WA every other week (don't laugh - Seattle is local for us :lol: ) and I will get my first box on Tuesday. Here's what we're getting:
Delicata Squash
Braising Mix
Baby Rainbow Carrots
Bunched Spinach
Cremini Mushrooms
Braeburn Apples
Red Pears
Rainbow Chard
Satsuma Mandarins

And whoever it was up aways that wasn't crazy about rutabega - trying cooking it like a squash - with the skin on - though I agree it's hard to cut. My mom always mashed it with cooked carrots, which adds some sweetness. I probably ate this once a month for Sunday dinner as a kid.