Buttercup Squash with Apples

Buttercup Squash with Apples

Now that the trees are bursting with color,  we can be assured that autumn is officially here.  And nothing smells or tastes better at this time of year than winter squashes baking in the oven.  This recipe kicks it up a notch and really brings out the fall flavors by adding in some apples. Courtesy of Betty Crocker, this side dish is as delicious as it is easy to make.  Using just a few ingredients,  you are going to question whether it should be served as a side dish or dessert!  Feel free to use the buttercup or acorn squash when making this recipe–either one will taste wonderful and both are available at Colchester Neighborhood Farm’s farm stand this week.

Ingredients

1 small buttercup or other winter squash (1 pound)

1/2 cup chopped tart cooking apple

2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons butter or margarine, softened SAVE $
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

Heat oven to 400°F. Cut squash in half; remove seeds and fibers. Place squash halves, cut side up, in ungreased baking dish, 11x7x1 1/2 inches. Mix remaining ingredients; spoon into squash halves.
Cover and bake 30 to 40 minutes or until squash is tender.
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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Pistachios

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Pistachios

 

If the cool, crisp days of fall and the brilliant colors of the changing leaves are conjuring up images of delicious comfort foods that fill the air with rich aromas, then look no further than this recipe that uses a staple autumn vegetable like acorn squash and  combines it with healthy ingredients like quinoa to make a side dish or even main dish that is delicious and filling.  And because it comes from Martha Stewart, you know it has to be good!

 

Ingredients

  • 4 small acorn squash, halved and seeds removed
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted pistachios, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
  • Pinch red-pepper flakes
  1.  Heat oven to 425 degrees. Brush squash with 2 tablespoons oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast cut side down on 2 baking sheets until tender and caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil in a small pot. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until tender and water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Let cool, then fluff with a fork. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, parsley, feta, pistachios, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and vinegar. Season with salt and red-pepper flakes. Divide filling among squash.

 

Arugula and Kale Harvest Salad

Arugula and Kale Harvest Salad

Here is a great recipe that uses many of the fall veggies that are being harvested right now and combines them into a dish that is both healthy and delicious. This salad from Good Housekeeping uses some of those “super foods” (think avocado) that are being touted as the secret to good health and a slim waistline.  And because the dressing is home made and free of any the preservatives you find in the ones sold in grocery stores, this salad is perfect for serving for lunch or even a light supper.

Ingredients
Salad
8 c. arugula
2 c. kale
1 1/2 c. avocado
3/4 c. thinly sliced carrots
3/4 c. chopped cooked butternut squash
1/2 c. sliced apple
1/2 c. sliced bell pepper
2 oz. salami
1 c. croutons
Vinaigrette
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp. lemon (or lime) juice
1 tbsp. vinegar (red wine, sherry, champagne, cider or white balsamic)
finely chopped small shallot (or garlic clove or green onion)

Directions

Make Salad:
In a large bowl, combine arugula, kale, avocado, carrots, butternut squash, apple, bell pepper, and salami.
Make Vinaigrette: 
  1. Whisk olive oil, Dijon, sugar, salt, and pepper with lemon juice, vinegar, and shallot. (Makes about 2/3 c.)
  2. Add just enough vinaigrette to salad to lightly coat, tossing. Garnish with croutons.

 

Best Ever Zucchini Bread

Best Ever Zucchini Bread

This week’s suggested recipe uses up some of the delicious zucchini that has been harvested from Colchester Farm this season. We like this delicious treat from the website Butter With A Side Of Bread.  One of the best things about this recipe, is the option to substitute ingredients to make it a bit a more healthy.  And because the recipe yields two breads, this provides the opportunity to give one to a friend or neighbor. As the cooler fall days approach (and they will), baking up this bread will fill the home with the wonderful aromas of autumn.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar (you can omit this to cut down on the calories)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (you can substitute applesauce for 1/2 the oil)
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups grated zucchini you can add a little more, I always do!
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Grease two 8 x 4 inch pans or 6 mini loaf plans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Assemble your ingredients. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, soda, nutmeg and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. {I always sneak in a few spoonfuls of flax!}
  4. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat well.
  5. Grate zucchini. Stir into the mixture along with the nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. My mini-loaf pans take about 35-40 minutes. Large sized loaves take about 55 minutes. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool. Enjoy!