Forget the Butter – Give Me Squash!

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Forget the Butter, Grow or Buy Butternut Squash!

By: Carol Giambri

Have you tried eating this tan colored winter squash called Butternut?  Or did you grow up like me eating butter with a knife out of the waxed container?  I can see the container but can't remember the box name of whipped butter.  Here in Colorado I got into buying the fresh homemade butter from the nuns in Boulder, Colorado.  I am now a squash girl and growing organic summer and/or winter squash is my lifestyle.  Forget the butter.   

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Butternut Squash, tangerine inside

I prefer to use my acreage for growing summer squash only and other veggies that grow faster such as cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce, edible flowers or root vegetables.  Container gardening is good for inside as well as outside for herbs and other veggies.  

I am excited..

I discovered the "World of Many Squashes." The skies the limit to the kinds, sizes and varieties. Let's jump into the squash talk together.

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3 kinds of squash

The Carnival…

I wrote about this squash and you can find it on my website:  Don't leave yet. 

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Carnival Squash

Why butternut…

Butternut squash is super tasty. I love the skin when it is done and crumbles after being baked. for some it may be too hard to digest so toss it once cooked.  Butternut is low in fat, has no sodium or cholestrol. 

Using butternut…

1. Soup.  Remove seeds.  Cook in with other veggies.  Watch the water turn a pretty gold or orange.  Cut into small pieces so it cooks faster — skin and all. I do use a pressure cooker but if you are not familiar with one, be careful and read the literature.   

2.  Stuffed and Baked.  Prick to bake faster.  Can put into a pan that has some water on the bottom to cook.  Fill at the end of cooking time with your favorite stuffing that requires very little cooking time so that it can be added in at the very end of the baking. Maybe a brown rice stuffing. 

Gardening for squash…

I prefer my winter squashes to be purchased from the Farmer's Market, a local farm or a supermarket/health food store.

Kids welcome…

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A "Colorful" Welcome

You may have great helpers waiting to be asked to help out.  Bring them into the garden and kitchen.  Can they help you make a fresh leafy dark green salad?  Involve them. Give them a teaser while young.  

Save money…

Growing your own is a a great way to be frugal and get the family to enjoy time in the kitchen, preparing the food, at the table and in the garden. Or buy local directly from the farm or at the Farmer's Market.  Flea markets are now into selling fresh produce as well. However, I prefer them as my last resort. It gets too crowed and is more like a jungle.  Our local Farmer's Market in Boulder is more laid back and pleasant to shop at even among 10,000-15,000 people on a Saturday. 

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Each dollar saves money

Reflection and Acting…

If you haven't tried butternut squash try is now.  Make rich, sweet delicious soup with the skin on, add water, veggies and season with fresh garlic.  Herbs add a nice flavor.  Fresh and organic is best.  For the baked squash, stuff or make butternut croquettes.  I just tasted some at a restaurant about 2 weeks ago.  It was yummy.  Watch for my online coaching program to help you make the transition to eating healthier if you wish.  Shave off time and money learning from me.  I have many decades under my belt and have found tricks that work fast and inexpensive. Health is wealth.

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert, a health nut,  photography addict and frugal shopping supporter of recycled buying.   She hunts for rare and unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copy writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living and gardening.  A pet book may be forthcoming as many have gone to heaven and no regrets on any who were adopted.

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Paul B. Taubman, II November 7, 2011 at 10:24 am

Carol -
My favorite soup is probably Butternut Squash soup! The first time I had it (of all places) was in Tony's restaurant! That is the Lady & the Tramp dining establishment in Disney World! I absolutely loved it!
i asked the waitress if I could get the recipe. She asked for my email address. About 3 months later, I was sent the recipe! The funny thing about it was that it was the recipe that serves 50! LOL – I had to scale it WAY down for me and my wife!
Thanks for another great post!

Solvita November 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

This is great Carol ~ thank you so much, you are not only giving here a recipe, but also listing so many interesting facts ~ very good! Thank you! :)

Carol Giambri November 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Thanks Solvita.  Just love sharing with all as a teaser and maybe they will want to grab on to the "meat" –the vegetable talk that I believe has substance. I don't eat animal products as vegan so "meat" is just a figurative term. Talk to my dog, Molly, and she's all about organic meat. Love her. Appreciate you and your comments Solvita. x0x

pat November 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I have a great Butternut squash soup recipe called Curried Squash Crab soup.  It is a great fall/winter meal.

Carol Giambri November 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Pat, Love this squash.  Glad you enjoy it in your soup. For sure fall/winter meal. I do the vegan style and works great; however no judgment ever here…all are about choices.  Thanks for sharing!

Hughie Bagnell November 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

The "World of Many Squashes" is amazing Carol…the sky is certainly the limit regarding the kinds, sizes and varities…thank you for the squash talk :) …Hughie 

Carol Giambri November 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Thank yo Hughie for comments. It made my smile bigger.  Have a great week.

denny hagel November 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Some great ideas to try for the upcoming holidays!! Thanks Carol! :)

Carol Giambri November 7, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Thanks Denny. Hope you can find a squash you may love to eat at various seasons.  Appreciate your comments.

Carol Giambri November 8, 2011 at 1:26 am

Paul, I love that story. It is super funny and glad you got the recipe and were able to do the math and scale it down. Amazing how we can get what we want when we ask the right questions and in this case do the “math.” You rock. I do love Butternut Squash soup too. I love baking it, but with a dead oven for over a year that shot out smoke, I am not taking a second chance to use. We have a propane grill so that would be my choice if I want a sort of baked effect. Thanks for the laugh and now I am going to burn calories because of that while I sleep. Have a great one Paul.

Anastasiya Day November 8, 2011 at 11:12 am

This is brilliant Carol! Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas with us and for your recipe! :)

Jennifer Bennett November 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Great post Carol!  I hope to one day be able to grow healthy food in my backyard!  My husband and I were just talking about this the other day…how great it would be to have our own garden!  Thanks for the continual inspiration!

michele November 13, 2011 at 5:45 am

Butternut squash….yummmmmm…I like to eat it for dessert. I bake it then but a little honey and cinnamon on it…Oh Yeah!

Carol Giambri November 14, 2011 at 9:37 am

MIchele, Yup, yummy and sweet too. I don’t even put anything on top of it–just eat!

Carol Giambri November 14, 2011 at 9:38 am

Anastasiya, always glad to share my ideas. Sometimes I have too many and don’t know where or how to quit.

Christiane Marshall December 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I love butternut squash! Thanks for all the ideas. Wouldn't it be neat to grow it in the kitchen? Can't you just see a nice vertical trellis with little butternuts hanging there?

Carol Giambri December 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

For sure Christiane it would be great to grow in the kitchen with sun, water and LOTS of space! My kitchen is not large enough to dream this big unless I knock down walls. Think hubby would love my first construction project? Hope you can grow more in your space!

harlan sanders July 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Try microwaving butternut squash in parchment paper for a super fast and very tasty dish.

Carol Giambri July 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Harlan, thanks for that speedy tip. Although I don’t own or use microwaves ever, others here may use it and get it fast. Sounds great with parchment paper too. Interesting.

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