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Boy, it's been a long week - A sick daughter, a wisdom tooth extraction, and a couple of late nights to keep up at work, and suddenly it's Saturday!
On Wednesday night, I made it to the co-op to pick up my box with only minutes to spare, brought it home, took pictures - what a huge (and heavy!) box! it took up my entire chopping block.
After that, I figured out how to fit everything in the fridge, and then didn't even think about vegetables again until Friday afternoon, when those Black Bean and Butternut Squash Burritos started talking to me!
I like to make everything from scratch, so I sauteed some onions and garlic, and then added a bay leaf, water, and enough black beans to last us the week.
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Then I selected my butternut squash. In advance of the holidays, I hit up our discard bin, and brought home several 95% good butternuts.
The gouge in the skin makes this squash completely unsalable, and something we wouldn't include in your CSA box, even as a second, but you can see that the squash flesh is perfect, once it's peeled.
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Okay, off my soapbox! I cubed the squash, lined pan with parchment paper (you can see how clean the pan came out in the picture to the right!), tossed in the squash, splashed it with olive oil, sprinkled on salt and pepper, and popped it in the oven.
Pretty soon I had the brown rice going, and the onions, peppers (left over from summer CSA, pre-diced and frozen), and garlic sauteing on the stove top. With the roasting squash nearly done, things were starting to smell go-od in my kitchen.
Tips, Tricks, and Variations:
- CSA member Jason recommends trying quinoa instead of rice. I'm in!
- While I was making this, I was giving thanks for my awesome garlic press, which doesn't waste, and is easy to clean! Ours is a Kuhn Rikon.
- Invest in a good peeler - I can't find ours since our move this summer. Dang.
- Parchment paper is awesome! If you've ever had to scrub carmelized squash drippings off a pan, you'll appreciate this!
- Wrapping tortilla shells in aluminum foil is a great way to pre-heat a large batch of burritos. This is a pretty clean task for the aluminum foil, so don't forget to wipe it clean and fold it up for another use. If you don't, we'll have to show you our pictures of aluminum mines!
- Black Beans and Butternut Squash is an awesome combination! Seriously, google it and see if you don't come up with some darn fine recipes.
- Whenever you can, work ahead! I took the opportunity to make enough black beans for breakfast burritos and another meal besides. I also have leftover squash. Some nights, I chop 3 or 4 onions and put them in a mason jar (my version of Tupperware) in the fridge to go into meals all week.
- Give thanks! for your garlic press, your children, good food, someone who taught you the value and wonderfulness of good food, for breathing, give thanks!