Squash Part 3

Getting sick of hearing about squash yet?  I still have about half my container left…

Finished (half-eaten) product

Becca and I had decided to eat dinner together, but I got incredibly hungry while she was at the grocery store.  I waited for her to get home (another +1 for maturity) but was too famished to really want to make something that took a while.  We decided upon couscous, sauteed vegetables, and chickpeas.  This was an incredibly fast meal and turned up tasting great.

I also finally got to make turnips!  I had never thought of buying turnips before, but at Christmas my mom announced to us that eating one was now on her bucket list.  When I saw them on sale at B-foods, I thought this would be a good chance to make one and see what the fuss was about.  However, apparently no one knows what a turnip looks like.  I asked 3 people, who had to ask other people, what a turnip looked like.  I was surprised at how much it tasted like horseradish.  I also don’t think sauteeing it was the best thing to do, as it seemed to get more bitter.  However, the squash, onions, balsamic vinegar and chickpeas balanced the meal.

Vegetable Couscous

-in a microwavable bowl, pour couscous and water in a 1:2 ratio.  Microwave for 3 minutes.
-Sautee julienned turnips, roasted squash, spinach, and diced onion, in a frying pan until the vegetables are soft
-add vegetables to the couscous
-add more oil to the frying pan and add chickpeas
-season with salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic, and cumin
-sautee until soft, add to couscous
-serve over romaine and add balsamic vinegar

Like I said, this was an incredibly easy meal and very enjoyable.  The sweetness of the squash overcame the bitterness of the turnip and the chickpeas added a nice texture, not to mention protein.

For dessert Becca made quite possibly one of the best brownies I have ever had- chipotle chili flavored!  See here for the recipe!

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