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Farro with Butternut Squash & Apples

January 23, 2013

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Farro with Butternut Squash / the style eater

“Butternut” is like the best word on this planet.  How can you read it and not smile just a little?  Also, Trader Joe’s now sells farro in little bags for $1.99 and suddenly my life just got 100 times better.  Actually, it could be $2.99.  Either way, it’s life-changing and awesome.

For this particular recipe, I used the foundation of this recipe and the dressing from this recipe and what happened when the two came together was kind of magical.  I could eat this bowl of goodness for the rest of my days and be perfectly content.  Actually, I can really only eat it in the fall/winter because the ingreds are so seasonal, BUT for spring/summer, I’ll eat this.

Farro is just this amazingly delicious and chewy grain that holds up so nicely when paired with dressings.  This is a public service announcement: Go buy farro and buy a lot of it.  K THANKS.

Farro with Butternut Squash / the style eater

Farro with Butternut Squash / the style eater

Farro with Butternut Squash & Apples
1 cup farro, uncooked
2 – 2.5 cups chicken stock/veggie stock/water
2 cups cubed butternut squash (I bought the pre-cut kind from Trader Joe’s and just cut them into smaller cubes)
1 apple, diced
handful of pinenuts, toasted
2 handfuls of spinach, diced

Apple Cider Vinaigrette (from here)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1-2 tsp dijon mustard
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Lay out the butternut squash on a baking sheet and give it a heavy drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.  Roast for 20 minutes or until golden and slightly crispy.  Cook the farro according to directions (if you bought the Trader Joe’s version), using either chicken/veggie stock or water.  If you have regular farro from a bulk bin, use this as a guide.  Once cooked, drain any excess liquid and fluff with a fork.

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, toss together the farro, roasted butternut squash, apples, spinach, and pinenuts.  Drizzle the apple cider vinaigrette over the farro a little bit at a time until it’s nice and dressed.  Note: I did not use all of the vinaigrette and sealed the rest in a jar to use later.

Two Ways: Butternut Squash + Swiss Chard

November 15, 2012

Filed Under : EAT - RECIPES

What do you do when you have a foot-long butternut squash and two bunches of swiss chard?  Make them 2 nights in a row in 2 separate dishes.  Well, that’s what I did at least.  I definitely got my fill of fall veggies this week, that’s for sure.

01. Bean, Bacon, and Butternut Squash Soup with Swiss Chard  This soup was surprisingly really hearty for it’s few ingredients.  It’s quick, easy, and a perfect weeknight meal.  I used turkey bacon instead of regular bacon and a can of cannellini beans in place of cooked beans.  A+ in my book.

02. Buttnernut Squash Pizza with Swiss Chard, Cremini Mushrooms, and Caramelized Onions This recipe was a bit more experimental on my end.  I used this Sprouted Kitchen recipe as a starting point, but instead of making the tart, I just bought a whole-wheat pizza dough and put all the toppings from the recipe on it.  I roasted butternut squash, sauteed the greens with garlic and red pepper flakes, and caramelized the onions and added a splash of balsamic vinegar to them.  I also had cremini mushrooms that needed to be used so I sauteed those and added them as well.  I piled the ingredients on top of the pizza, sprinkled some mozzarella cheese, and baked it in the oven.  It turned out so delicious and tasted like the fall season in every bite!  Thanks butternut squash!  The balsamic onions add so much flavor and there’s a nice little kick from the swiss chard’s red pepper flakes.  Best part?  It’s Kyle-approved.  That guy is hard to please, let me tell you.

Busy Weekender

January 23, 2012

Filed Under : EAT - RECIPES

That right there is preeeetty much what my weekend looked like.  Yes, I have an office in my apartment but the kitchen table (and/or couch) suits me just fine.  Work, work, work!  The beginning of the year is always a busy time for me.  I get to experience so many fun and amazing things, but I also have to hunker down and do real work at the same time.  I’m not complaining though!

I also went back home to visit my family for a quick minute.  It was supposed to “rain” on Saturday so I wore my trusty rainboots.  It ended up looking like this and I was that loser wearing rainboots on a bright, sunny day (always happens!!):

Also, when I was back home, my mumsie made this amazing butternut squash caprese salad:

butternut squash caprese

So delish, I highly recommend.  She pulled the recipe from my Pinterest – is that not the most precious thing you’ve ever heard?!  I may do a full post on it in the near future, we shall see.

Hope your weekend was lovely and full of joy!  Cheers to the new week!