Things You Can Stuff in a Squash

Beautiful orange, yellow and dark green winter squash form the color guard for Thanksgiving.  These keepers are easy to grow and easy to find at your local farmer’s market.  Aside from the caution needed when bisecting the vegetables, winter squash roasts or bakes easily.  Simple seasonings like maple syrup and soy sauce or rosemary and olive oil add charm. But if you really want to impress your Thanksgiving table mates, use those roasted squash halves as BOWLS for additional fresh, local, organic produce.

And the Jeopardy answers to “Things you can stuff in a squash” are:

  • What is  Emerald City Salad?:  wild rice tossed with Swiss chard,emeraldsquash parsley, fennel, lemon, garlic and olive oil.
  • What is Braised Kale?: Sauté kale in butter or olive oil then braise it with mirin and soy sauce; a fabulous variation happens when you sauté apples and walnuts before adding the kale and braise it in apple cider.  Good stuff.
  • What are French Lentils in Sage Butter?:  Cooked those tiny grey lentils with a bay leaf, add sage, currants and scallions sautéed in butter and dress with a touch of balsamic and mustard.  Oh my.
  • What is Holly’s Pilgrim Stuffing?:  If this savory combo of bread, fresh cranberries, celery, apples and herbs doesn’t all fir in the turkey, there are other places to stuff it.
  • What is Massaged Kale and Apple Salad with Gorgonzola?:  Be sure your Thanksgiving menu includes dark leafy greens to keep everyone’s system lively.  This very NW salad utilizes Washington apples, red onion, nuts and apple cider vinegar.
  • What is Saffron Buttered Millet?:  Shown stuffed in a roasted red pepper, this little-used grain can also shine stuffed in a squash with a squiggle of roasted red pepper cream sauce on top.
  • What is Mediterranean Quinoa?:  Okay it’s getting a little tough to scrounge mint leaves, but I still have some in my yard along with plenty of parsley.  Chop it all up and combine with toasted pine nuts and feta.  Good eatin’ tossed in a roasted squash.  I’m not kidding.

I know there’s more.  Lend me your brain power.  What do you stuff in a squash?

Jane and Cynthia remind you to eat local for Thanksgiving:

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