I had the best intentions of being home tonight before seven to start some delectable butternut squash creation. I was thinking stuffed butternut squash or butternut soup. Those kinds of things. Unfortunately, when I walked in the door at 7:15, I had to resort to a faster plan…because I was starving.
My workout tonight was intervals on the elliptical. Basically, I go fast and then I go slower until I can breathe like a normal person and then I go fast again. This went on for 45 minutes. After that, I did 15 minutes of strength by setting a timer on my iPod for 15 minutes and doing whatever Jillian Michaels-esque moves could think of for 1-2 minutes each. I’m always voraciously hungry after this workout.
So I threw down my bags (I feel like I always have at least three bags I’m toting around at one time), and got to work. Over the weekend, I got a LOT of sweet potatoes and butternut squash. I set the oven to 400 and started cutting. Tonight I cooked:
- 2 butternut squash
- 2 sweet potatoes (which will be eaten with a little greek yogurt and salt on top for lunch this week)
I cut one butternut squash in half, scooped out the seeds, salted it, and placed the halves face down on a pan covered in pam-sprayed aluminum foil. I washed the two sweet potatoes, stabbed a fork in them a few times, and put them on the pan with the squash. These ended up cooking for about 45 minutes.
The other butternut squash I cut into fries (my favorite food ever). I sprayed the pan with cooking spray and placed the fries on the pan. They cooked for about 15 minutes minutes before I flipped them. They cooked about 20 more minutes…just until they started getting a little crispy edges. I haven’t been able to get these fries to have a completely crispy outside. They are always a little softer than “normal” fries, but with a little seasoned salt on top, they are a welcomed substitute for greasy, fatty french fries. I’ve done this same procedure with sweet potatoes, but I really like the butternut squash best.
I served my fries with a simple salad. I even made a dip for the fries. Mix together the following in a small bowl.
- a tablespoon of ranch (I used Wish Bone Light Buffalo Ranch. So good.)
- A squirt of dijon mustard
- A squirt of honey
- a tablespoon of greek yogurt