Gentle Readers, sometimes the simple things are the best. Let’s take the Delicata squash as an example, shall we? I love these because they’re easy to work with, quick in the microwave (don’t judge, if I had an hour to spare, I’d bake them I promise), and as delicately flavored as the name implies. The Eldest Practical Cook Junior loves them, and therein lies the problem.
Yes, now we’re at the point where if the Eldest likes something, the Youngest might not just because. (However, this included a disdain of Deep-Fried Oreos, so maybe it’s not all bad; gotta respect a lady with strong opinions. No idea, ahem, from whence that characteristic comes.) When in doubt, use marketing and trickery.
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Delicata Squash “Recipe”
File this under too easy to be a recipe, and here we go:
Microwave 1 or 2 Delicata squash that you’ve pricked repeatedly like a starving vampire (okay, maybe a couple of times) on a microwave-safe plate for 10 minutes total (5 a side). Set aside to let cool a minute.
Cut the squash in half and scoop and discard the seeds. Scoop the flesh (see, vampire) into a bowl. Season lightly with a sprinkle of salt and a pat of butter. Mash with a fork. If your child protests and won’t eat it, whip out Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice (I found theirs to be top-notch, not sure why, but really good comparatively) and sprinkle less than a quarter teaspoon into the squash mash. Let the smell permeate the air. Add a dash of brown sugar, and serve.
It tastes like a lighter, more delicate fall pie, and it does in fact rock. The smell and the brown sugar sell this, along with the fact “pie” is in the spice’s name. Dinner is saved, the yellow/orange veg group is handled for the day, and dinner can resume. Excuse the photo, I can never seem to shoot it before it’s gone, or in shambles.
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