30 November 2011

Restocking My Squash Supply

Call me greedy for hoarding the best Kabocha Squash a girl can find, but you'll 
thank me when there's a shortage and I'm the only dealer one with the hookup!

Better to be prepared and stock up. Hey, we all have
our quirks; mine just happens to be squash gluttony

First I lined a large baking pan with parchment paper and added 2 cups 
kale, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup broccoli florets, 3/4 cup baby bok choy, 1/2 
red bell pepper, 5-6 spears of asparagus, and 1/4 cup diced red onion

Then I cut 2 medium-large kabocha squashes into cubes and seasoned them 
with approximately 1/8 tsp each: Garlic powder, ground sage, dried dill, ground
 rosemary, chili powder, cayenne pepper, ground ginger, and a pinch of cinnamon

Then they baked for 60-70 minutes in the oven, preheated at 400F

When they're done and still hot, I sprinkle them with 1-2 Tbsp 
nutritional yeast and 1-2 tsp each of yellow and brown mustard

Note: The Kabocha Squash or Japanese Pumpkin can easily be confused 
for it's less-starchier cousin, Buttercup Squash. Generally, the more dense
the squash the starchier it is; They're flavor is enhanced when baked/roasted

Because roasted squash has a similar consistency to baked potatoes, 
they're extremely addictive. If anyone has a craving for roasted potato 
wedges or fries, kabocha squash would be a wonderful substitute!

Normally I would enjoy these without the addition of mustard, but lately
 I've found the acid to complement the natural sweetness on the squash

Warning: If you are not used to eating squash, the high-fiber
 may make you feel bloated at first. It takes awhile for the body 
to get used to eating larger volumes of fibrous starchy vegetables

These roasted squash nuggets are perfect for 
leftovers and I use them in every way imaginable! 

Stir-fries, Grilled Wraps or sprinkled with cinnamon for a healthy, savory dessert

Question: Are there any foods
 that you hoard or "stock up" on?


Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes said... [reply]

I've never made squash like this before, but it looks awesome! Thanks so much for the idea. Yes, there are definitely foods I stock up on, especially if they are on sale. Usually it's frozen fruit, honey and spinach. Have a great Wednesday!

Lauren said... [reply]

I need to try this! Looks great :)

Iselinaa said... [reply]

Looks really good, even though I dont like Squash! Maybe I should try it like this sometime!

Jessica said... [reply]

I hoard Kabocha squash like there's no tomorrow. Please, let me kidnap you so you can be my Squirrel Squash Huntress, and so I can try one of those gorgeous roasted squash and veggie creations of yours!


Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said... [reply]

I hoard up on cranberries. Since they came back in season I bought 10 bags. They have their own shelf in my freezer so I'll be making cranberries all year long!!!

Chelsea said... [reply]

I stock up on Greek yogurt. I have 4 tubs sitting in my fridge right now!

Sarah@The Flying Onion said... [reply]

Haha, I love this post. :D And kabocha squash is impossible to find where I live, so I'm very envious.

I hoard any kind of nut butter and granola. It's an obsession. ;)

Monet said... [reply]

I stock up on canned pumpkin for baking and Puffins cereal! This squash looks mighty good though. I might have to stock up when I go to the store. Thanks for sharing, sweet girl!

GFGidget said... [reply]

Confession: I'm a pumpkin hoarder

Kristie said... [reply]

I ADORE that squash but every time I go to buy it I keep getting buttercup instead. Every squash here is labeled 'buttercup' so it's a matter of just picking the right ones. I used to be able to find the delicious starchy thick AWESOME kabochas (still labeled as buttercup) without fail a couple years ago but now I only ever seem to get the less flavourful, more watery buttercups. And I'm disappointed every. single. time. I miss my squash lovin'!

Unknown said... [reply]

That looks super yummy. I love squash and am always looking for new ways to prepare it.


Lindsay @ biking before bed said... [reply]

I always buy multiple jars of PB. I can never stick to just one kind.

Anonymous said... [reply]

Hey Kelsey, I am from Victoria too! Today I was at Planet Organic for lunch and picked up the Roasted Root Vegetables from the deli case. It was amazingly delish and I thought you would love it! Give it a try some time and I recommend heating it up in the oven a bit to bring out the flavours and spices. SO YUMMY!!! Love the blog and I love seeing pictures of our beautiful city :) Keep it up!

Anonymous said... [reply]

this is, hands down, my favourite of all recipes that you've ever posted! this is definitely something that i can concoct without desiring to binge, so i will be doing this. i had no idea that roasted squash has a similar consistency to baked potatoes! i've totally been craving french fries, so i cannot wait for this experience! and, of course, i shall add KETCHUP! ;) x

Living, Learning, Eating said... [reply]

I'm always too scared to stock up on produce, because I'm always afraid that it will spoil - but then I run out all the time (like now)!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Oh my Squash! I read this last night and decided I have to gove the kabochas a try. I picked one up after school today at the Rootcellar and I am so stoked on it. Im going to cook it like yours tonight! YAY hope it is as good as yours looks :)

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said... [reply]

Haha, you and your squashes! Does your family love squash as much as you do?

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