I have found that my desire for fresh cooked squash is frequently stifled by my lack of desire to prep the squash. Most winter squash varieties require a chain saw to cut and cube. Sometimes it is more of a commitment than I want to make for a meal.
So, yesterday as I stared at the two Ambercup squash mocking me on the counter, I contemplated throwing them out the front door for the squirrels. Once they were carried off the lawn, no one would have known it was me. Instead, I decided to try and solve the dilemma by cooking them whole. I preheated the oven, cut off their stems and pierced
each squash a million times. I set them on a foil lined baking sheet, set the timer for an hour and twenty minutes and gently implored the universe to not let them explode. When they were cooked, I sliced them in half like a soft slab of butter and allowed them to cool. The insides were so soft I could have scooped out the seeds with a Pringle. I was left with a biggie bowl of the most brilliantly orange, sweet and nutritionally amazing winter squash. I made two dishes from the squash that I really, really loved. I will share the second recipe tomorrow. It really never occurred to me until today to roast squash whole. It made the experience effortless, then I had an abundance of cooked squash ready to enjoy.
I made squash and pinto bean tostadas for dinner. To save time I went the easiest route using all things canned. Sometimes you just need dinner to practically cook itself but still be healthy and delicious. This is a great meal for that.
Ambercup Squash Tostadas
By: S. Duquet
5 tostada shells
I used guacamole, fresh cilantro and sliced black olives for garnish
2 C cooked Ambercup (or any other like butternut, delicata, turbana) squash
2 tsp taco seasoning
2 Tbsp water
Pinto Bean Ingredients
1 can organic pinto beans drained and rinsed
Tbsp canned diced jalapenos
4-5 Tbsp water
Make It Happen
~Warm tostada shells in a 200 degree oven while you assemble the other ingredients
~In a saucepan heat squash, taco seasoning and water until heated thoroughly and creamy enough to spread
~In a second saucepan heat beans, jalapenos and water until heated thoroughly. Mash with a potato masher and cook until creamy enough to spread or dollop.
~Assemble tostadas and enjoy
The squash has a creamy sweetness that is divine with the corn tortillas. The beans and jalapenos add a layer of heat and flavor that is just perfect with the Ambercup. All of the flavors came together like a mosaic to create something more beautiful than its individual parts. They were scrumptious together.
Have a delicious day.
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