Who wants to know what I ate for dinner tonight? Well, I didn’t really think anyone would… but Emily encouraged me to blog about this, so here goes:
For $2 at the Morgantown Farmers’ Market on Sunday, I picked up a wee little gem: a Delicata Squash.
Photo Courtesy of Serious Eats
They are typically about 5 or 6 inches long, and 2 or 3 inches in diameter, and make a perfect meal for two people.
I first discovered the beauty of cooking with these fall vegetables last year, at which point I called them: “My New Favorite Convenience Food” on my previous blog.
Chop the squash in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds.
Place both halves cut side down in a container with a little bit of water. Then either microwave the squash for about 4 or five minutes, or bake for about 15 minutes.
Then, turn the squash over so you have little “canoes”. Fill with items such as cooked beans, tomato chunks, cooked rice, cooked ground beef, sauteed onions, and whatever spices you please. This is a great way to use leftover chili, or pieces of chicken, or anything that’s in your fridge, really! Top with a sprinkle of reduced fat cheese.
Return to the microwave for five minutes or until contents are thoroughly heated and cheese is melted.
For those of you who like measurements and ingredients, here is what went into mine tonight.
Combine in bowl:
1 cup cooked kidney beans
1/2 c shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese (reserving a small amount to sprinkle on top)
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Place mixture in partially cooked squash, and return to oven or microwave to finish cooking.
When you pull it out, top each half with 1/4 cup salsa.
When prepared this way, each squash half contains:
6.4 g fat
34.8 g carbohydrates
10.2 g fiber
14.9 g protein
66.4% RDA of Vitamin A
(Nutrient Analysis: Recipes.Sparkpeople.com)
Winter squash is a more-than-excellent source of vitamin A, which is known to help promote and maintain healthy skin, teeth, connective tissues, and vision. So, rather than pay money to pop a pill, why not try some real food that’s super high in vitamins and minerals?