Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Farmer's Market: Delicata Squash!

Have you ever seen this vegetable? It's called a Delicata squash. If you've never tried one, now is the perfect time! They're in season, they're low in calories, high in Vitamin A and C, and very tasty. They taste similar to acorn squash but somehow lighter. I love the creamy, buttery taste and texture when they are cooked. They're slightly sweet, too, and lower in calories than many other winter squash varieties. And the coolest part: you can eat the skin! I was doubtful, but after I tried it for the first time (last fall), I was hooked. The skin is tender and delicious.
To prepare the squash (which you can find at your local Farmer's Market or grocery store), wash it, cut it in half, and scrape out the seeds. Then you can either slice it into long strips like "fries" (kids like this), or into quartered rings like this:


I tossed the squash with a bit of olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper. Then I roasted them on a cookie sheet in a 425 degree oven until they were soft when poked with a fork, and starting to get brown and a bit crispy on the outside (about 30-40 minutes, tho sometimes they seem to cook faster so check and stir at 20 minutes). Then they looked like this:

Yummy. I love Delicata squash! You can also roast them with other seasonings you like, such as cayenne, garlic powder, or do a sweet version with a bit of brown sugar and some cinnamon. Great stuff, and if you cut them in strips they make a wonderful french fry substitute.

I am leaving in the morning to take my little one to a hospital several hours way for some pretty invasive testing. I won't be taking my laptop because I need to focus entirely on my daughter during this stressful time. We hope to be back Friday morning. Please say a little prayer for my sweet little 3-year-old princess. The news we get this week will determine whether she can go off medications (best case), stay on medications and wait a year for more testing, or needs surgery (worst case). I just want my babygirl to be okay.

29 comments:

Skinny Inside said...

Saying a prayer for your little girl!

Thanks for the yummy squash idea.

I meant to post before...but some of my fave recipe places are:
Smitten Kitchen-not diet friendly
101 Cookbooks-vegetarian whole foods
epicurious-gourmet and bon appetite magazine recipe database

Have a safe trip and update us when you're home. *hugs*

Pamela said...

Thank you for the recipe! I can't wait to try it.

I am also saying a prayer for your daughter and will be keeping you in my thoughts. Good luck!

Fat Lazy Guy said...

That squash looks delicious!

I hope things go well with your daughter.

PrincessDieter said...

May the good Lord cover you and your little one with special grace and traveling mercies.

Hoping and praying for the very best...

Hugs,
The P

Vickie said...

best wishes!!! safe trip!!!

SeaShore said...

Saying a prayer and sending good thoughts your way.

Deniz said...

Positive vibes and happy thoughts for you and your little one.

MizFit said...

(squash can wait :) )

THOUGHTS OF GOOD HEALTH flowing your daughter's way...

redballoon said...

Best of luck, Lyn, to your little princess. Safe trip and hope to hear good news from you soon!

Lynne said...

I happened to have 2 of these squash in my kitchen - Eat the skins? I had NO idea! Thanks!!

I hope all goes well with your daughter. Big hugs!! (no snacking)

elife said...

I hope all goes well this week. I'll be praying for your little girl.

Jeper Drai said...

1. the squash looks fabulous

2. Will keep your precious one in my thoughts for the day.

JD

~TMcGee~ said...

I'll be praying for you daughter, Lyn and that you will have peace during this time.


The squash looks mouth watering. :-)

~Faith~

bbubblyb said...

You are just such a great cook, everything you make just looks so delicious. I tried the squash mac & cheese on Sunday. The family wasn't thrilled I think I need to try it with real cheese next time and I forgot the nutmeg. I liked it though. I have to try that squash it just looks yummy.

I'm saying prayers for you and your daughter. Hope things go well. *hugs*

Fab Kate said...

You and your little girl are in my thoughts this morning.

Ella in an Elephant Costume said...

I will be saying a prayer for your daughter, and thanks for the yummy squash idea!!!

PaulaM said...

She's in my prayers Lyn.

Sherre said...

Your daughter is in my thoughts and prayers today for the best possible outcome.

(Going to the farmer's market at lunch to look for this squash.)

Pubsgal said...

I'm sending healing thoughts and prayers for your tiny daughter and family. I'm so sorry you all are going through this. :-(

And thanks for the squash idea. I haven't tried that kind before.

new*me said...

Keeping the princess in my prayers. The squash is beautiful but I have never heard of it! Sounds yummy :)

Ceres said...

I hope you have a safe trip and that everything goes well for your little one. Sending much love your way, Lyn!

Twix said...

Hope all has gone well today!

Jen said...

What a great idea for the squash, I will definitely have to try!

I just stumbled upon your blog from a link from another blog (sorry I can't remember which one) I will be reading from now on and will add you to my list of inspirations (hope you don't mind.

I will say a prayer for your little girl too, I wish you a safe trip and all the luck that there will be good news.

Take care,

debby said...

Lyn, the squash looks great and sounds even better. Thanks for the idea.

I will be praying for you and your little girl.

Token Fat Girl said...

that recipe looks really good! I probably would have ignored that squash not knowing what to do with it!

Honi said...

much luck for u and your daughter !

Amy Jo said...

That squash looks amazing. I just made my first butternut squash last night, I think I'll try this next!

My prayers are with you and your little sweetheart.

Vicki said...

I love squash but have never seen this kind. Looks yummy!! If I can find some I'm going to try it.
You and your little girl are in my prayers.

bbubblyb said...

I bought 2 of these squashes last night at the grocery. There were two stickers on them, one said squash and the other said sweet potato so maybe it's a mix of some kind. I will cook them up this weekend, thanks for the idea, they look really good.

Hope things are going well.*hugs*

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