Wednesday, September 16, 2009

BUTTERNUT SQUASH-SPINACH MASH

My favorite veggie for any time of the year is butternut squash. Combined with spinach, it's not just delicious -- it's also a powerhouse of antioxidants,vitamins and minerals. Butternut squash is fat free and nutrient dense, with Vitamins A, B and C, as well as an assortment of minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and iron. Spinach is no slouch, either. It's considered a negative-calorie food -- can you imagine that? Researchers have identified at least 13 different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as antioxidants and as anti-cancer agents. Butternut squash and spinach both taste great by themselves, and they also taste great together.

This dish goes together quickly and easily and could almost be served as a meal by itself. It must be all that nutrition making this combination very filling and satisfying.

Butternut Squash-Spinach Mash
Source: Judy's Kitchen
Rating: 8 out of 10
Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS: 1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small shallot, chopped fine
1 cup cooked butternut squash, roughly mashed
1/8 tsp. sea salt
big pinch black pepper
2 big pinches grated fresh nutmeg
3 fresh sage leaves, chopped
1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup cooked, drained, chopped spinach
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese plus additional cheese for topping

In saute pan or fry pan with high sides, heat the oil over medium-high heat; add the shallot and cook till transparent. Stir in the squash, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and sage till the squash starts to caramelize a bit, about 3 minutes, then stir in the broth and spinach. Allow mixture to bubble then cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes to let flavors develop. Stir in cheese right before serving, and top with additional cheese, if desired. Yield: 2-3 servings

11 comments:

Trish said...

Hey....this has the right ingredients alright. I must say I have never had the two combined....squash and spinach but I am liking the combo for sure. And with fresh sage leaves...terrific. Yum...love it!

Velva said...

I really enjoy butternut squash and this is an interesting flavor combination with spinach. I am really looking forward to the Fall weather when squashes become abundant!

Debbie said...

Looks delicious and perfect for fall!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh i love this and so healthy yummy

Janice said...

Sounds great, I love both butternut squash and spinach. Thanks for your comments on my blog, you are right that Gammon is Ham and I use both terms interchangeably. Also correct about lazy moo lol!

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

This sounds delicious Judy! My veggie favorites all rolled into one!

Coleen's Recipes said...

When my kids were little, the only way I served butternut squash was to candy it like sweet potatoes. This looks like a WONDERFUL change.

Sophie said...

What a lovely vegetables dish, ideal for autumn!

teresa said...

what a gorgeous side dish, it looks like it's bursting with flavor!

Linda said...

Sounds wonderful!

♥peachkins♥ said...

Oh you had a new lay out!
This looks like a nice side dish..