Several of you mentioned that you are successfully harvesting a fall crop of butternut squash with the tips from the last blog post. Great job! Now what to do with it? The best advice I can share you is keep it simple! We all have busy schedules – who has time to spend hours in the kitchen?
We work hard to grow our own food and it’s important to know how to prepare quick, simple meals out of our homegrown veggies so we can reap the benefits – and be healthier and happier as a result.
Butternut squash is colorful, sweet, creamy and delicious, and makes for a perfect fall meal. After you’ve read this post watched the video below, you’ll know exactly how to prepare a simple tasty side dish from your own homegrown, delectable butternut squash.
Your family will gobble up this colorful, tasty side dish – and you’ll feel the satisfaction and pride knowing you’re providing them a clean, healthy meal that you grew yourself!. Add chicken or ground meat to make it a hearty entree. It’s so delicious, you’ll want to have guests over to share your garden fresh goodness!
I love grocery shopping from my own backyard – can’t get fresher and more local than that! So…why not cook in the garden right where I harvest? I set myself up with a basic “kitchen in the garden” and away we go (watch video below to see cooking in the garden).
Customize the ingredients to what you have growing in YOUR garden, (or what you can find at your local organic market). Here’s what I harvested to make this recipe:
1 medium butternut squash, 1 medium onion (any kind of onion), fresh herbs (I used Persian Basil & Rosemary) use whatever herbs you have growing in the garden, garlic clove(s).
2 cups cooked brown rice (or grain of choice, walnuts, cranberries (optional), chicken, ground meat (optional), cumin, olive oil, salt, fresh ground pepper
- Pre cook your butternut squash whole in your crock pot on low for 2 hours, or in a 425 degree F oven for about 1 – 1 1/2 hours, checking frequently so as not to over cook. Cook it just until you can puncture the skin easily with a fork. Do not over cook – you don’t want a mushy squash.
- Cool butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Cut into cubes.
- Chop onion, onion top, and basil.
- Preheat your skillet over medium high heat with a tablespoon olive oil.
- Saute onion, onion top for a few minutes until softened.
- Mince garlic, add to onion mixture.
- Add 1/2 tsp cumin, salt and pepper to taste.
- Add rice, heat through.
- Add butternut squash, heat through.
- Plate up and top with fresh basil, cranberries, walnuts – whatever you like!
- Add meat to make it an entree.
I love how quickly this recipe comes together – and always make up a big batch so we can eat it the leftovers all week long. It’s so much fun to share the garden fresh goodness with my family and friends – they love every bite. We enjoy eating it in the garden – right where we grew it!
Comment below – let me know if you’ll be making this garden-to-table recipe and how you’ll customize it based on what is growing in your garden!