Daily Dinner Table

Ideas for dinner tonight. Household and kitchen tips, recipes, tweaks. What's worked great, and not so great.

Butternut Squash Stew

Butternut Squash Stew

A great cool weather meal, both satisfying and still light. Very healthy, and can be easily vegetarian.

*denotes shortcuts or alternative ideas

6-8 servings

7-8 cups diced butternut squash * can buy already peeled & diced at Sam’s Club

1 lb hot italian sausage sliced,   * vegetarian chorizo, hot sausage, bulk sausage.. anything a bit spicy

1 large onion, diced

2 cans diced tomatoes, include liquid

about 1 c hearty red wine

3-4 t chopped garlic, or to taste

1/2 c chicken stock or broth, *vegetable broth for vegetarian version

1/2-1 lb haricots vertes or green beans

1 1/2- 2 c frozen corn

2 T minced cilantro leaves

1 t paprika

sprinkle of chipotle chili pepper powder

1-1/2 t Tony Legner’s Cat 5 food polish * use extra chipotle chile pepper powder if you can’t find it, or haven’t received your order yet.

1t dried oregano

sea salt or Kosher salt and pepper to taste

1/2 c Feta Cheese crumbles

olive oil

roasted butternut seeds if you have a whole squash. *Toasted Pine nuts, or pumpkin seeds are a great also.

Peel, cut and dice squash into about 1 inch pieces. Reserve seeds and roast the seeds in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.

In a dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sausage, cook till browned on all sides. If using bulk, brown till done. Stir in garlic, onion. Cook till onion browns a bit and softens. Stir in tomatoes with juice, squash, broth, wine, spices. Cover pot, and cook until squash becomes tender. Stir occasionally. Add beans, corn (and any other veggies you decided to throw in… quartered artichoke hearts are nice too) Partially cover and cook till all vegetables are tender, but still have a little crunch, about 5-10 minutes.

Put in bowls, top with feta, and roasted seeds if you have them. Serve with warmed crusty bread, and maybe even a nice tossed salad.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on March 11, 2012 by in lunch, main dish, vegetable, vegetarian and tagged , , , , .
%d bloggers like this: