Butternut Squash and Veggies

No time or desire to cook today, so it had to be quick:

  • slices of butternut squash, baked in the oven for about 20 minutes (turn over after 10 minutes)
  • some deep frozen veggies (carots, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, corn), defrosted in the microwave oven

Very delicious, I think, I’ll put butternut squash on my top ten list of favourite veggies.

Also a very filling meal for only 250 kcalories.

Veggie Couscous Pan

Today was another day of using up leftovers.

There were still some slices of pattypan squash left, which spent the night in a spicy bath of marinade. Today I threw them in a pan with some tofu, veggies and couscous.

The only complaint I heard was “Isn’t there more of it?”.

Ingredients:

  • thin slices of pattypan squash
  • 100g veggies (I had deep frozen carots, peas and corn)
  • 40g smoked tofu

marinade:

  • soy sauce
  • 1/2 soup cube
  • grated or crushed garlic
  • pepper, curry

couscous:

  • 60g couscous
  • 160ml water
  • 1/2 soup cube

Preparations:

  • mix marinade ingredients
  • put pattypan squash slices and marinade in a container, marinade should suffice to cover  slices
  • close container and keep in the fridge for a couple of hours or over night
  • if you use deep frozen veggies, defrost them
  • cut tofu to small cubes

Cooking:

couscous:

  • boil water, add soup cube
  • remove pot from hot plate, stir in couscous
  • let couscous soak for a couple of minutes

pattypan squash slices:

  • put slices with marinade in a big pan and let boil for a couple of minutes
  • add tofu and veggies, stir
  • add couscous, stir
  • let simmer for a few minutes

Unfortunately the batteries of my camera were empty and the mobile phone camera didn’t quite catch the colours and yummyness – I swear it looked really nice and tasted even better.

Baked Pattypan Squash Slices and Porcino Mushroom Rice

Once again I started with not much of a plan, but a couple of ingredients I wanted to use up: the other half of the pattypan squash and some porcino mushrooms.

Ingredients:

rice:

  • 70g long grain rice
  • 220ml water
  • a little soy sauce, salt

sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 250ml water
  • 1/2 soup cube
  • 10g dried porcino mushrooms
  • salt, pepper

squash:

  • 1/2 pattypan squash
  • 3-4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • salt, pepper

Preparations:

rice:

  • throw all rice ingredients in rice cooker and turn it on

sauce:

  • heat water and add 1/2 soup cube

squash:

  • wash pattypan squash thoroughly and cut to thin slices
  • mix other squash ingredients for the marinade
  • preheat oven to 180°C/350°F

Cooking:

sauce:

  • put dried porcino mushrooms in soup and let soak
  • heat oil in large pan
  • add flour, stir, wait until it gets a little color
  • meanwhile, blender soup with mushrooms
  • pour mushroom soup into pan, stir
  • let simmer for a couple of minutes

squash:

  • brush both sides of slices with spicy marinade
  • put onto baking tray and bake for about 10 minutes

Meanwhile, the rice should be done.

  • put rice into sauce pan, stir
  • add salt, pepper
  • stir and let simmer until the squash is done

I don’t like mushrooms, so I didn’t eat much of it beyond tasting, but I ‘ve been told it was excellent.

Veggie Pasta Bake

Today I wanted to make a meal with a pattypan squash and this was the outcome.

Ingredients (I didn’t weigh anything, so I have to guess the weight):

  • pasta (about 100g)
  • deep-frozen vegetables (carots, broccoli, cauliflower – also about 100g)
  • apeka (also about 100g)
  • 1/2 pattypan squash
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 100ml water
  • 200ml soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 soup cube

Preparations:

  • wash squash thoroughly and cut to cubes
  • defrost veggies
  • cook pasta
  • preheat oven to 180°C/350°F

Cooking:

the sauce:

  • heat oil in pot
  • add flour, stir until it gets a little color
  • add water and soy milk, stir
  • add soup cube, nutritional yeast, salt, stir
  • put half of the squash cubes into the pot
  • simmer for about 10 minutes, stir occasionally
  • let cool for a couple of minutes, then blender

the bake:

  • put pasta, veggies and the rest of the squash cubes in a casserole dish
  • pour the squash sauce over it
  • put some apeka on top for a yummy crust
  • bake for 20-25 minutes

Calories: plenty! (about 1000-1200 kcals I guess)

Orange Hokkaido Squash Soup

So what happend to the other half of the squash? – It was turned into a very delicious soup.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 orange hokkaido squash
  • 1/2 l water
  • 1 soup cube
  • salt, pepper, nutmeg

Preparations:

  • wash squash thoroughly, don’t peel
  • cut in small pieces
  • cook water and add soup cube

Cooking:

  • put squash cubes in pot, add soup
  • boil for about 10 minutes, until squash cubes are soft
  • blend thoroughly (if you prefer a rather creamy soup, remove liquid, blend and then add liquid until desired creaminess)
  • season to taste

Orange Hokkaido Squash Fries

Following a spontanious idea, I turned half of an orange hokkaido squash into delicious fries (I’m sure it’s been invented by lots of other people before).


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 orange hokkaido squash
  • vegetable oil
  • salt

Preparations: 

  • wash squash thoroughly, don’t peel
  • cut in fry-sized pieces
  • line baking tray with parchment
  • preheat oven to 180°C/350°F

Cooking:

  • heat a little vegetable oil in a pan
  • put fries in the pan and fry for a couple of minutes, stir gently
  • put fries on baking tray and bake them for about 20 minutes
  • add salt

KCalories: ~ 460 (450g squash, 2 tablespoons oil)