Before you even think to suggest butternut squash as winter produce, think again. I will hear nothing of it. Butternut squash is available year-round and tastes great, even when “out of season”. It’s also always relatively cheap.
Like other orange veggies, butternut squash is loaded with Vitamin A. It is also generous in Vitamins C and E. Together, Vitamins A, C, and E (“ACE!”, as I teach my students) combine for optimal vitamin antioxidant properties. Love butternut squash 😀
While I would never think to combine the below ingredients, I’m very glad that food pioneers like Cara have done the guess work for me (and you!) and created such fun recipes to try.
Tropical Butternut Squash Salad from Cara’s Cravings
2 lbs (about 1 large) peeled, diced butternut squash
1 large red pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup scallions (white and light green parts), sliced
20 oz can pineapple tidbits, drained, juice reserved
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened flaked coconut
4 oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup reserved pineapple juice
juice from 1 lime
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange the squash in an even layer. Spray the squash with more cooking spray. Roast for 40-50 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Meanwhile, place the coconut in a dry skillet over medium-low heat, and cook for about 5 minute, stirring often, until lightly browned and fragrant. Immediately remove from heat and allow to cool.
Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the yogurt, pineapple juice, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Pour over the squash mixture in the large bowl and gently stir until thoroughly combined. Fold in the cilantro, and chill until ready to serve. Yield: 10 servings (about 2/3 cup each).
Nutrition Information (per serving): 130 calories; 2.9 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 136 mg. sodium; 25.9 g. carbohydrate; 4.2 g. fiber; 3.1 g. protein
Result: What a breath of fresh air…and flavors! Squash lovers, this you will love! This is a simple salad that can substitute in for any mayonnaise-slathered potato or pasta side dish. As the cookout season continues, give this dish strong consideration for something lighter, fun, and delish! Enjoy!
I took last night off from working out. I probably shouldn’t have considering today is a 14-hour day, but…oh well. It would’ve made 4 consecutive workouts, so I won’t beat myself up over it. No dinner planned for tonight so there is time to allot to working out….I just have to be sure that actually happens 😉 Tonight is our last “Lighten-Up” weight management support group and words cannot express how much I will miss this group. What a fabulous, inspiring, and ambitious group of women! Have I mentioned lately how much I love being a dietitian? :)…’Cause I do!
Question: What’s your favorite cookout side dish?