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Butternut Squash

by Meghann on October 2, 2008

I was so happy when Jenn selected Butternut Squash as the secret ingredient for this week. I had bought one at Publix on my weekly shopping trip and was already brainstorming what to do with it when I found out it would be the secret ingredient of the week.

I’ve only ever cooked with butternut squash once in the past. Over the summer I made a killer Butternut Squash Lasagna that I had been dying to recreate. However, I decided to branch out from the pasta realm and try to be a little creative for the contest this week. So after some researching and inspiration from this recipe I came up with the final product that I would like to officially submit to the secret ingredient contest this week. πŸ™‚

Butternut Squash Strata

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  • 2 cups cubed Butternut Squash
  • 1/2 cup shredded Zucchini & Yellow Squash
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped Mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup Fat Free Milk
  • 2 Whole Eggs (this is all I had otherwise I would have used just egg whites)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used leftover 1.5% Jalapeno Jack Cheese)
  • 2 slices toasted Whole Wheat Bread
  • Nutmeg
  • S&P
  1. Here’s a good tip: Peel the butternut squash, poke with some holes and microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes. This will make it a little soft and easier to cut into cubes πŸ™‚
  2. Place the cubes of butternut squash in a baking dish and bake in oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  3. While squash is baking sautΓ© onions, garlic, mushrooms and shredded squash until tender.
  4. Once butternut squash is done reduce the oven temp to 375
  5. In a mixing bowl combine egg, milk, 1/4 cup of the cheese and spices
  6. In an 8 in baking dish combine the veggies, egg/milk combination and pieces of toast.
  7. Top with remaining cheese
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until the center is cooked through

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I had a nice hefty serving of this dish and ate every bite…. and maybe went back for a couple of forkfuls right out of the baking dish πŸ™‚

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I’m really happy with the way it came out. This makes me want to explore with butternut squash more, I wonder what else I can create with it?!?!?! I’m so glad they’re in season right now. I see alot of butternut squash in my future so stay tuned. I can tell you for sure I will be recreating the Butternut Squash Lasagna in the near future!

In other news look what I found in my mailbox today.

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I received my free Kashi Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip cookie! So of course I had to try this for dessert tonight. So, while I was taking Abbie on our nightly walk at the park, I dug in. Unfortunately, the cookie did not travel well and crumbled when I opened the package. So, I was unable to get a pretty picture of the actual cookie.

The verdict? It was a pretty small cookie for 130 calories, but it did have a nice chew to it. I like the fact that it wasn’t overly rich or sweet which always scares me away from cookies. With that being said I would have liked a few more dark chocolate chips thrown in there. Overall, I don’t think I would buy a package of these on my own, but I will happily eat more free samples if they had an urge to send me more. πŸ™‚

Is everyone ready for the debate tonight?!?!?!?! Let’s just hope it’s not too embarrassing for certain people debating (*cough* Palin *cough*) πŸ™‚

1 maggie October 2, 2008 at 9:01 pm

That looks AWESOME. I would totally make it except I have to come up with a different recipe for my secret ingredient post πŸ˜€ Maybe I’ll save half of it to make this.

2 VeggieGirl October 2, 2008 at 9:03 pm

FABULOUS BUTTERNUT SQUASH DISH!!! You’re so clever with recipes!!

3 caitlin (seebriderun) October 2, 2008 at 9:18 pm

ooooooo i just ordered my free cookie yesterday!

ugh im going to watch the debate tomorrow AM. I can’t wait!!

4 Megan October 2, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Great job with the recipe!

I got my free sample too! I agree that it needs more dark chocolate!

5 Hangry Pants October 2, 2008 at 9:50 pm

I got my free cookie today, too! I like them, but agree they are small.

Love the strata!

6 eatingbender October 2, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Wow, what an incredible recipe!! Nice job πŸ™‚ It looks absolutely delicious!

I got my free sample today, too!! I like the texture but you’re right, they are too small!! Need mo’ cookie πŸ˜‰

7 Melissa S. October 2, 2008 at 10:37 pm

dang! that recipe sounds AMAZING!!!! i’m jealous!

and dangit…i have a whole box of those cookies…oh well, maybe i’ll crumble them in yogurt for dessert one night.. ;0

8 Erica October 2, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Wow! That looks totally fabulous! Great job, I hope you win!

I can’t wait to get my cookie!

9 magpie October 3, 2008 at 12:31 am

I added you to my blogroll, btw, hope it’s okay!

10 erin October 3, 2008 at 1:59 am

i got my cookie today too. i was UNIMPRESSED! thought it was dry and an odd texture!

11 lauren October 3, 2008 at 8:11 am

your recipe looks awesome! I have all my ingredients ready to go, I just need the time to do it – it is looking more like saturday afternoon until I can make my dish!

12 Allison October 3, 2008 at 9:26 am

I swear you are an evil genius! lol – that strata looks amazing! My mom always makes an old school (very high fat/cal) strata for Christmas – I’m going to start petitioning now that she makes yours! πŸ™‚

13 runjess October 3, 2008 at 4:06 pm

I hope my free cookie comes soon!
Your strata looks so good, I just might make that instead of my secret ingredient recipe.

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