South Beach Diet - Butternut squash, what do you suggest?




jerseygiiirl
10-05-2011, 01:14 PM
I'm posting from my phone as both our pc's are out of comish! If someone can point me to their favorite butternut squash recipe, it would really help me out! I'm thinking a soup.

Thanks mucho!


CyndiM
10-05-2011, 03:14 PM
There are some great recipes in the Phase 2 lists above. I know there's a lasagna recipe lots of people like along with the Morrocan Taginne we were all trying a few weeks ago. I'm sure there's others :)

cottagebythesea
10-06-2011, 07:30 AM
Here's my recipe for a delicious and very easy soup -

In a large saucepan, saute some onion and garlic in a little chicken broth til soft (I use Imagine No-Chicken broth)
Toss in your squash, cut in 1 1/2 - 2" chunks
Pour in enough broth to cover squash about an inch
Bring to a gentle boil and let it simmer until squash is soft
Add in a rinsed and drained can of white beans and let them heat
Then remove from heat and puree the soup with an immersion blender
Viola! Enjoy!

Sometimes I add in some mushrooms with the onions if I have them on hand.


rukiddingme
10-06-2011, 07:58 AM
I love roasting it.

I just peel it an cut it into 1 inch cubes and spread it out on a cookie sheet drizzle it with olive oil sprinkle it with a little salt, pepper and dried rosemary and roast it at 425 for about 15-20 minutes.

It really brings out the sweetness and the longer you cook it the more it caramelizes. Yummy!

EmmaD
10-06-2011, 01:57 PM
I learned about butternut squash mac & cheese on this forum a couple of years ago. I found this recipe from Martha Stewart (http://www.marthastewart.com/337716/macaroni-and-cheese-with-butternut-squas) and tweaked it to make it Beach-friendly: ww or brown rice elbows, ww bread crumbs, more ricotta/add cottage cheese to add protein... plus (as I just posted in the Fabulous Foods section), I microwave the whole squash first - poked MANY times deeply, then on high 10-15 minutes until soft - instead of peeling and cubing a hard raw squash. I get many requests to make this, it is quite delicious and comfort food-y.

I posted my tweaks here (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/entrees-phase-2/195879-squash-gratin-version-butternut-squash-mac-cheese.html), just ignore the spaghetti squash substitution for pasta, it was something I was experimenting with (comes out almost like a dessert that way!).

mmmm, now I want to make this! The lasagna and soup ideas sound good too. I have to go pick my squashes now :)

EmmaD
10-06-2011, 02:00 PM
oooh, here is the Moroccan Tagine (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/soups-stews-phase-2/216426-moroccan-tagine.html)recipe. It DOES sound good!

I need all the winter squash recipes I can get...

mzKiki
10-07-2011, 11:33 AM
It's also Great peeled, tossed with EVOO and baked great french fry swap.
Hungry Girl has a lot of squash recipes.

Riemontana
10-08-2011, 11:01 AM
I cut and seed it, then bake cut side down for about 30 minutes. This makes it really easy to peel and cut. Cut it into cubes and drizzle with a little SF maple syrup and nutmeg or pumkin pie spice. Yummy! It is really nice in individual ramekins.

jerseygiiirl
10-08-2011, 06:02 PM
O M G! I just baked it tossed in some olive oil and wow! I have been missing out! Question, how the heck do you cut them. I gave up and figured I wouldn't like it anyway so baked only a little bit and trashed the rest. So hard to cut!

Riemontana
10-08-2011, 07:13 PM
Jersey,

That's why I pre-bake. It is really easy to cut and peel then. When it is partially cooked, the knife just slides through

CyndiM
10-08-2011, 07:18 PM
I just use a vegetable peeler for the skin then slice it up. I haven't had much trouble with them so far.

jerseygiiirl
10-08-2011, 08:27 PM
Jersey,

That's why I pre-bake. It is really easy to cut and peel then. When it is partially cooked, the knife just slides through

Ahhhhh, that would work!!! Thanks!

jenne1017
10-08-2011, 09:51 PM
it's hard to cut for me too but I just use a good knife OR buy it precut :)

evilwomaniamshe
10-08-2011, 10:05 PM
RE: cutting into a squash. Any squash I normally just wash the squash & then toss the whole honkin squash in the microwave & nuke the sucker whole for about 6 minutes & then you can cut easily into it, discard the seeds & continue to cook it in microwave or bake in oven. Easy breezy & oh so yummy! :)

rukiddingme
10-09-2011, 06:29 PM
I use a vegetable peeler and then I yell "honey could you help me please" then my husband cuts it up for me...my hero. ;)

jerseygiiirl
10-09-2011, 07:57 PM
Ok is this one of this starchy vegetables only to be eaten on occasion? The book doesn't mention butternut squash but says on phase 2 that winter squash is considered starchy. Just curious.

CyndiM
10-09-2011, 08:15 PM
yes, it's a starchy vegetable along with all the winter squashes except spaghetti squash (I don't understand it but I'm not about to complain!).

jerseygiiirl
10-09-2011, 09:01 PM
Figures!! Any veggie I really enjoy are the "bad" ones!

mzKiki
10-10-2011, 10:08 AM
LOL Rukidding me Great idea! I buy it cubed and frozen I tried to cut and peel only once too much trouble for me!
Jersiigirl if you live close to Stop & Shop they always have them frozen in cubes and it's cheap.

jerseygiiirl
10-10-2011, 03:14 PM
I bought it pre cut yesterday but found cutting it up fresh tasted so much better.

CyndiM
10-10-2011, 04:33 PM
Figures!! Any veggie I really enjoy are the "bad" ones!

Not bad, just Phase 2 :)

mezmerize
10-10-2011, 04:42 PM
The microwave did an great job. I did poke it a few times with a knife and in 10min I had me a nice after workout snack. I looked in my spice rack and seen smoked sea salt and a bit of black pepper and it was very good. I'm trying to cut out butter. I think I'm actully started to really like my veggies w/o it.

asphyxia63
10-11-2011, 02:13 PM
This is so funny because we just made baked butternut squash in my food prep class last week! It can be cut without nuking it but you do need a really good knife and strong arms, I had to hand mine over to the teacher to do! Then we just hacked the skin off with the knife because it was so thick. We pretty much just baked it with illegal ingredients (butter, brown sugar) and cinnamon and cardamom. I only had a few bites but it was really good. I picked up a squash this week to try with some olive oil, salt and pepper and was thinking about maybe melting some cheese over it? Maybe gruyere or something?

jerseygiiirl
10-11-2011, 04:29 PM
This is so funny because we just made baked butternut squash in my food prep class last week! It can be cut without nuking it but you do need a really good knife and strong arms, I had to hand mine over to the teacher to do! Then we just hacked the skin off with the knife because it was so thick. We pretty much just baked it with illegal ingredients (butter, brown sugar) and cinnamon and cardamom. I only had a few bites but it was really good. I picked up a squash this week to try with some olive oil, salt and pepper and was thinking about maybe melting some cheese over it? Maybe gruyere or something?

That sounds yummy!! I eat too much cheese as it is so don't give me any more ideas!! Lol

CyndiM
10-11-2011, 06:44 PM
Yummy, curried butternut squash soup for dinner