Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Delicious Dinner

I threw this recipe together last night, after seeing a similar post on one of the many Paleo food blogs about combining Brussels sprouts, cranberries, and butternut squash.  Except I didn't want to open my bag of cranberries.  And I wanted to use some yellow beets from last Friday's CSA box.

Fast & Loose Roast Dinner Vegetables


- olive oil or your fat of choice (bacon fat would be nice!)
- dried or powdered ginger
- Garam Masala powder
- Brussels sprouts
- Delicata squash
- yellow beets
- salt & pepper


1) Turn on oven to 400 deg F.
2) Cut Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise, remove outer leaves if they are brown or otherwise sad.
3) Chop beets so they are roughly the same size as the sprouts. (I don't bother peeling them).  Save the green tops for another dish!
4) Place beets and sprouts in a baking dish and drizzle with fat.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, the dried or powdered (or fresh!) ginger, and Garam Masala powder.  Stick it in the oven.

5) Take your Delicata squash (whole), and poke holes through the skin with a fork. Stabby-stab!  Put the whole squash into a different baking dish (to prevent leakage) and stick it in the oven.

Wait for a while. I wait till I smell delicious roasted aromas wafting in from the kitchen. 

The squash should be soft enough that a fork pierces the skin and flesh easily. Let the squash cool a bit.

6) Take the squash and cut it in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds & stringy bits in the middle.  I flip it and use a knife to peel the skin off, but you can scoop out the flesh with a spoon.

7)  Toss the squash in with the sprouts and beets.

Serve and enjoy! We ate it with a grass-fed ribeye steak last night. 

Of course, this could be adapted to whatever you have in the fridge.  Sweet potatoes would be nice, especially with the ginger.  I bought some dried ginger from Penzey's and minced it with a knife before adding it to the dish.

Mmm...not much left over.

On another note, it looks like we're going to be just-us for Thanksgiving next week. I am going to source a small turkey (heritage if I can find it) and a few sides for a special dinner... unless we go out to eat.

Oh, and if you're in Seattle, want to help us move on Thanksgiving-Sunday (Nov 27)?  It's a great chance to practice your deadlifting and farmer-walks!

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