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.
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.
3 kinds of squash
I wrote about this squash and you can find it on my website: http://carolgiambri.com. Don't leave yet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.