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Cooking away the CSA, week 16: Double squash delight


Double the squash fun.

Double the squash fun. by Sarah Henning

Before we get started on how to do nutritional double duty with not one but two kinds of squash in the same meal, I wanted to say thank you to all of you who contacted me with such positive things to say about my writeup on veggies and kids last week.

I heard from several of you who are also doing the very best you can, knowing that perfection just isn’t going to happen when we’re talking kids and food. If you want me to post more frequently on this topic, I most definitely will. Because children’s nutrition is obviously important, especially if it’s doable children’s nutrition.

So, thank you.

Now, to the matter at hand: how to gobble up all that CSA goodness, you’re surely getting/have gotten this week.

We’re more than halfway through the season, and it’s pretty clear from the variety coming in at local CSAs (we use Rolling Prairie) and at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market. As an example of variety, last week we received: blackberries, yellow squash, onions, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, Swiss chard, corn and cucumbers.

The cherry tomatoes and cucumbers were gone pretty darn fast, claimed by the kiddo, who helped “chop” the cucumbers with his kiddie butter knife.

Don't worry, he's using a child's knife.

Don't worry, he's using a child's knife. by Sarah Henning

The blackberries disappeared into a chocolate-spinach-banana-hemp seed smoothie.

Blackberry and chocolate smoothie = delicious.

Blackberry and chocolate smoothie = delicious. by Sarah Henning

The chard was juiced, the corn was boiled and the potatoes were stored.

But the squash and onions, they went into a delightful new dish I’m calling Double Squash Skillet.

This warm dish combines a baked spaghetti squash with an Italian-inspired saute featuring mushrooms, onions, garlic, marinara and a chopped yellow squash, for doubly squashy goodness.

Note: You will need to cook the spaghetti squash first. We do this by splitting it in half lengthwise, taking out the seeds, rubbing the edges with olive oil and then baking it on a parchment-lined cookie sheet at 425 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

Double Squash Skillet

1 spaghetti squash, baked, “noodles” scraped out with a fork

1 yellow squash, cut into half-inch pieces

2-3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 pint button mushrooms, stems removed and sliced

1 ½ cups marinara

1 tablespoon oil for the frying pan (we used coconut oil)

Once the spaghetti squash has finished in the oven, heat oil over medium heat in a large frying pan/skillet/wok.

Add garlic and onion, stir for 1 to 2 minutes, until the onions start to become clear. Add the yellow squash. Wait a minute, stirring. Add the mushrooms and baked spaghetti squash. Stir until they’re heated through.

At the last minute, add the marinara. Keep stirring and cook until all the veggies are soft.

Take off heat and serve immediately. Serves: 4.


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