Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vegan Mofo: My Winter Squash Promise

This fall and winter, I vow to eat butternut, acorn, kombucha, delicata, spaghetti, and every other variety of winter squash as often as possible ... well, at least once every two weeks. You heard it here folks. Now, help me stick to it.

Last fall and winter, I unintentionally neglected my beloved winter squash. I'm not sure why. I just know that by the time spring rolled around, I realized I'd only cooked winter squash a handful of times throughout its peak season. And I don't believe in cooking with hard squashes or pumpkin in the warmer months. So, I've had to wait all spring and summer to get it right.

I'm starting my squash pledge with this tasty Butternut Squash and Macaroni Casserole from the Whole Foods iPhone app:

Delicate butternut meets whole wheat shells, coconut milk, toasted pecans, and breadcrumbs in this hearty casserole. The creaminess of the squash almost gives the dish a mac & cheese-y mouthfeel. It was perfect served with a side of my Granny's home-canned green beans. And since the recipe made 8 servings, I've got plenty of leftovers to last well through the weekend.

28 comments:

zel(da) said...

yum! that looks delicious! i should download that app. and yay for winter squash love!

Gina said...

Oooh..that sounds really yummy! And looks really yummy :) I haven't gotten to any squash yet, but I have some acorn just waiting for me on the counter!

Sal said...

that sounds great, i love winter squashes too.

The Voracious Vegan said...

Aww such a great idea! Good luck, can't wait to see what delicious dishes you prepare.

chocolate-covered Katie said...

With ingredients like that, I don't know that it would make even four servings for me! ;)

And if you find you're having a hard time eating enough squash, just eat vicariously through me :) :)

Love,
your fellow Oompa Loompa
(Gotta love that Vitamin A tan hehe)

JohnP said...

Downloading the app now... Must make this!

Debra said...

It looks good! I have about 12 spaghetti squash in my diningroom right now.
Debra @ Vegan Family Style

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

Not bad, not bad at all!

The Vegan SlaughterHouse said...

this looks awesome! I've been gone all summer, am pregnant now and just started my blog again- but I've been looking about yours constantly for inspiration, keep it up woman, it looks so wonderful!

Mihl said...

Great promise! That casserole looks lovely.

Sophia.Pflieger said...

Squash has such a creamy texture squash combined with cheezy sauce must be fantastic!
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thedalyn said...

I'm earing up for squash season myself. There's a farm near here that does a ridiculous deal (a wheelbarrow full of squash for like 30 bucks) that my neighbors and I split. I'll try to post uses for them as I go. Maybe we can inspire eachother?

dreaminitvegan said...

Squash and pasta, yum!

Whitney @ Lettuce Love said...

Squash + Macaroni = Love

KTBuns said...

Oh, yummers! :) My mouth's watering.

Do you have any tips on peeling/chopping hard winter squashes? I'm afraid I'm going to hurt myself one of these days...

T said...

Oh, I thought this was a familiar recipe until you got to "coconut milk." That takes it to a whole new level!

Cyn said...

That looks so tasty! I love it. And I can't wait to see all your winter squash adventures.

jessy said...

now that's one glorious combination - squash 'n mac casserole & your granny's home-canned green beans. mmmmmmmm! hooray for winter squash yummies! i just roasted up some butternut squash for my dinner. i can't wait to see what you do with the kombucha - i've never had that one before. also, delicata = what i puffy heart the most!

Mike K said...

Totally agree - I've taken the cooler weather as my cue to cook squash more often, and it just doesn't seem right in summer. The squash and pasta recipe looks great, and the app sounds cool - thanks for the tip!

Mary said...

butternut+coconut+pecans sounds like an awesome combo. I'm always looking for new squash ideas!

James said...

I don't have an iPhone :-( but I found the recipe here

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeId=2349

Allyson said...

Love it! This looks really fabulous... :9

bchmomx3 said...

Oh that looks wonderful. I am going to have to find this recipe.

miss v said...

yum! you should try my ambercup chili squash soup recipe - it seemed all southern to me. i totally thought of one of your recipes while i was chowing down!

aTxVegn said...

Pumpkin and pasta is so good together. Winter squash makes winter bearable.

nora said...

a great promise.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Is it on the Whole Foods webpage?! I need that casserole!

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