winter_squashSquash: Winter squash is a summer-growing annual fruit, representing several squash species within the genus Cucurbita. 1 cup = 40 calories.


Roasted Acorn Squash with Mushrooms, Peppers and Goat Cheese

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Acorn Squash:
2 acorn squash
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

 

Filling:
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups cabbage (core removed before slicing)
1 cup 1/4-inch-sliced sweet onion
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced in 1/4-inch julienne
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced in 1/4-inch julienne
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups cremini mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, for garnish, optional

Directions

For the acorn squash: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Trim the tops and bottoms off the squash. Cut in half horizontally so the cut-ends will keep the pieces flat. Clean the inside of the squash. Separate the seeds from the membranes and rinse well. Dry the seeds with a paper towel and set aside.

Place the squash cut-side up on a baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper. Place the seeds on a separate baking sheet or foil. Roast the squash 30 minutes. Roast the seeds at the same time, checking and moving them around after 10 minutes and again after 20 minutes. Depending on the size of the seeds, they may be done after 20 minutes, or up to 30 minutes. Sprinkle the seeds with the remaining salt, and set aside with the squash.

For the filling: Set a large saute pan over high heat and add the butter. When melted, add the cabbage, onions, peppers, sprinkle with salt and pepper and gently toss to combine. Allow the cabbage to wilt down, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and toss to combine. Saute 2 to 4 minutes longer, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.

For assembling: Preheat the broiler to low. Fill the roasted acorn squash halves with the filling. Sprinkle the crumbled goat cheese over the top, then top with the roasted squash seeds. Broil just until the cheese is warm. Garnish with a small amount of Italian parsley, if using, and serve.

Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri

swisschardSwiss Chard: Chard is a leafy green vegetable often used in Mediterranean cooking. In some cultivars, the leaf stalks are large and are often prepared separately from the leaf blade, The leaf blade can be green or reddish in color; the leaf stalks also vary in color, usually white, yellow, or red. Chard has been bred to have highly nutritious leaves and is considered to be one of the most healthful vegetables available, making it a popular addition to healthful diets (like other green leafy vegetables). 3.5 ounces = 20 calories.

Garlicky Sauteed Swiss Chard

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 large bunch Swiss chard, ribs removed and chopped, leaves roughly chopped
Kosher salt
Splash red wine vinegar

Directions

Add the oil to a large saute pan with the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook over medium heat until the garlic turns golden. Remove the garlic and discard. Add the chopped Swiss chard ribs and saute until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the Swiss chard leaves and season with salt, to taste. Cook until the leaves are wilted. Stir in a splash of red wine vinegar. Serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy Melissa d’Arabian

turnipTurnips: The turnip or white turnip is a root vegetable commonly grown in temperate climates worldwide for its white, bulbous taproot. Small, tender varieties are grown for human consumption, while larger varieties are grown as feed for livestock. 1 medium turnip = 34 calories.

Buttered Turnip Puree Buttered Turnip Puree

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Ingredients

3 large turnips, peeled and cut into uniform chunks
1 quart milk
3 fresh thyme sprigs
1 clove garlic, peeled and gently smashed with the side of a knife
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Combine the turnips, milk, thyme and garlic in a medium saucepan. Set over medium heat and partially cover the pan. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until the turnips are tender-the tip of a paring knife should go through without resistance.

Drain the turnips, reserving the cooking liquid, and transfer to a food processor (discard the thyme sprigs). Add about 1 cup of the reserved cooking liquid and the butter, season with plenty of salt and pepper and puree until smooth. Add more of the liquid, if necessary. Serve hot.

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

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