This recipe by Anjum Anand caught my eye. A vegetarian curry is made with butternut squash, chickpeas and the Bengali spice mixture, panch phoron (a blend of equal quantities of fenugreek, nigella seeds, fennel seeds, cumin and mustard seeds or celery seeds), also known as Bengali five-spice). I had most the ingredients so I was able to put it together quickly and easily. I did tweak to make the recipe work for us.
Serve as a side or main over rice.
I based this recipe on one I found in Nechama Cohen's "Enlitened Kosher Cooking." I chose the sweet variation, so that's what I'm posting; but if you want a savory kugel, leave out the Splenda, cinnamon and nutmeg and replace it with one peeled, sliced medium onion and two peeled, minced cloves of garlic sauteed in a tablespoon of olive oil. Don't be deterred by the cooking time -- most of it is spent waiting for the squash to cool, or the kugel to bake!
Inspired by the flavors of North Africa, this vegetarian stew replaces the tagine with the crock pot. The combination of saffron, ginger and cinnamon give of a wonderful aroma and flavor. It would tempting to substitute canned chickpeas here but you will get a different result. In this dish the chickpeas while tender have greater firmness than the canned type. Time saving tip: Prepare the ingredients the night before, placing the cubed squash, carrots, onions, tomato paste, garlic and ginger in one sealable bag or covered container, the lentils and dried spices in another. In the morning add the contents of both bags/containers, the soaked chickpeas and broth to your crock pot, turn it on and go.
This process is so very easy. No peeling! Take a look!
Squash is great for pureeing, roasting and baking. Once cooked and pureed, it can be used in soups, main dishes, vegetable side dishes, even breads, muffins, custards and pies.
The skin has many nutrients so go ahead and use it. Or peel and discard. But you will never know it's in the puree.
Dress any cooked winter squash with butter and herbs, a cream sauce, cheese sauce, maple syrup, candied ginger, spices and or nuts.
This recipe comes from an issue of Cooking Light. A co-worker came in several times and heated up this wonderful scented soup. He finally brought the recipe in and it is just so tasty. The lime juice gives it a little tang, the coconut milk and cilantro give it a light and fresh taste, and the shrimp and squash make it filling. Chicken or firm water-packed tofu can be used in place of the shrimp.