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Butternut Squash Sauce

You know what I love?  I love squash, all kinds of squash – butternut, acorn, zucchini, yellow straightneck, etc.  I love to roast, puree, and pan fry squash.  I like to use squash in soups, salads, entrees, and even dessert.  Hands down this is one of the most versatile vegetables there is.  Love it!

A few months ago, I came across a recipe for butternut squash mac n’ cheese.  For some dumb reason, I never actually made the dish.  I just thought about it a lot.  Food is always on my mind.  Then about two weeks ago, I decided to get creative in the kitchen.  All I knew was that whatever I made had to include butternut squash and kale.  Those two things had been sitting in the fridge for over a week, and like I’ve mentioned before, we do NOT like to waste food.  So using the recipe I saw in passing as my inspiration, I decided to make lasagna with a kale filling and a butternut squash sauce.

After a quick Google search on “butternut squash sauce,” I came across this recipe by Ashley at Edible Perspective.  I scanned the ingredient list and got to work.  Now if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that my propensity to do everything quickly gets me in trouble sometimes.  Luckily, that wasn’t the case this time around.  Despite the fact that I looked at the recipe for all of 10 seconds, the sauce came out great.  Phew!  The not so great thing was that I because I modified the original recipe a bit and didn’t measure or write anything out, I had nothing but a picture on Instagram to show for it.  Sorry about that!

No worries though because I’m about to more than make up for it.  I recreated the butternut squash sauce, and this time it was even better than take one.

Same scenario – an “almost too old to eat” butternut squash and a package of mushrooms led to a unique meal on Tuesday night.

I present to you…mushroom and onion quinoa with a creamy butternut squash sauce.

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This simple dish was so flavorful and full of texture – a little meaty from mushrooms, chewy from the quinoa, and sweet and spicy from the sauce.  It makes for great leftovers as well.

All I did to prepare the vegetables was sauté them in a little bit of olive oil with some chopped garlic, salt, and black pepper.  After the quinoa was done cooking, I mixed it in with the veggies.  When we were ready to eat, I portioned out the quinoa and topped it off with lots of sauce.  Simple yet incredibly delicious!

Butternut Squash Sauce
Adapted from this recipe

1 medium butternut squash
1 cup vegetable broth
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 handfuls cherry tomatoes
1/2 small sweet onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic
1/2 roasted red pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoon Indian chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.  Peel and cube the butternut squash (tip: use a spoon to scoop out the seeds).  Add squash to boiling water.  Cook until tender – about 25-30 minutes.  Drain the squash and allow to cool.  Add the rest of the ingredients to a high-powered blender adding the squash last.  Blend until combined.  Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

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Oh butternut squash, how I love thee!

What’s your favorite vegetable AND what’s your favorite way to eat it?

A Little Glimpse

As y’all know, I don’t blog about every single detail of every single minute of every single day.  And really, that’s for no reason other than the fact that my life is not that interesting.  I’d rather pick one particular thing that’s on my mind and elaborate on it. 

I do, however, share more of my every day life on Instagram, a photo sharing social media program.  If you’re not already signed up, do it now – so fun.  And if you’re already an Instagrammer, follow me!!  I also regularly share random pictures and videos with my family.  Some of these never make it to the blog.  Shocking! 

With all that being said, I thought it would be fun to show a glimpse of what happens around these parts on a regular basis.  Note: Instagram helps make ordinary things look interesting!

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This picture is an old one.  It’s from when Vishnu was doing his fantasy football stuff.  One of his leagues (I think that’s what you call it) video conferenced him in, and when I walked in to say hi to the guys, I was told to leave!  How rude! 

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Our new chair!  As I was going through my pictures, I realized I never shared this one on the blog.  But yeah, I love this big, comfortable chair…worth every penny!

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I called dibs on the chair, so that left Vishnu with the ottoman.  Kind of like poor Michael Scott on The Office.  Ha!  Jusssst kidding!

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If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen a bajillion pictures like this one.  Something I learned very quickly is that people love sunsets and clouds.  I took this one during my flight from Detroit to Fort Lauderdale.  And yes, I am one of those people.

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This quote, along with a bunch of others, is posted in my cube.  Inspiration at it’s finest!

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This one y’all will love!  That shoe rack is actually a bookshelf that we bought at Ikea.  Between the two of us, we have A LOT of shoes, so this is a cool way to keep them organized. 

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Speaking of shoes, my boss gave me two pairs of almost brand new Christian Louboutin shoes.  Just because she can’t wear them anymore.  No words. 

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My cousin sent me this picture the the other day.  Some things never change – like my face!

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Narrow parking spaces annoy the crap out of me.  On this particular day, I had to climb in through the passenger side, and I think I banged my knee in the process.  This was something I couldn’t just laugh off.  Probably because it happens at least twice a week.  Grrr!

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My new favorite workout DVD!  I’ve only done Levels 1 and 2 (out of 4) and let me tell you – they are killer!  I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an effective, quick, at home workout that can be done in your living room.

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My reminder to drink more water!  And for those of you who are wondering if a simple note works, I am here to tell you that it does.  I drink a minimum of 50 ounces of water between 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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I’ve been meaning to post this soup recipe on the blog but just haven’t gotten around to it.  I made it on a day where the temperature was a little lower than we were used to (i.e., Florida has turned us into a couple of wusses). 

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Kale chips!  This was my first time attempting to make these, and I couldn’t believe how great they tasted.  Vishnu and I ate them all (two bunches worth) in one sitting.  Vitamin overload!

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I got a pedicure this past weekend.  It was MUCH needed.  The minute I sat down to soak my feet, I looked at the lady and apologized for the grossness.  She laughed and assured me it was fine, but I know what she was thinking!

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For the first time in years, I gave myself a manicure.  The whole experience made me realize what I was missing out on – a relaxing activity that helps save money!  Win win!  When I sent my mom a picture of the finished product, she laughed and said the color looked like S***!  Hahahahahaha.  She’s a fan of reds and maroons, while I prefer neutral colors on my hands.  I don’t care what you think, momma, I’m giving you a manicure and painting your nails THIS color!!

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And finally, MY nightcap!  Vishnu found this to be too dark for his taste, so it’s all mine!

What’s your favorite social media program?