Squash it like a spiced up Pumpkin

imageSpice it up as a Pumpkin

Do you ever get sick of eating squash or sweet potatoes or any kind of veggie, the same way, every day of your life?

I do.

I need a little variety. The simple steam or sauté bores me some days.

Also, I am trying to get my Kiddo to eat squash, and she hates it. She won’t go near a squash unless it is to throw it in the trash.

So I tried to get sneaky and disguise it as a pumpkin and make it so sticky delicious she wouldn’t be able to refuse.

I am lazy, so instead of buying and cutting a squash I bought a package of already pre-cut, pre-cubed squash from whole foods.

I set the oven to 385, and dumped the whole package in to my favorite baking dish.

I added 2 tablespoons of grassfed butter and sprinkled 1 tsp plus a smidge of pumpkin pie spice all over the top. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice in your cupboard you can quickly make your own by whisking up the following:

  • 3 tablespoons CINNAMON
  • 2 teaspoons NUTMEG
  • 1 teaspoon GROUND GINGER
  • 1 teaspoon plus an extra smidge for good luck, of ALL SPICE
  • 1 teaspoon plus an extra smidge for good smiles, of GROUND CLOVES

I baked it for 35 minutes. It was actually done at about 25 minutes, but I was in the middle of watching American Idol and wasn’t quite ready to get off my couch. I think the extra 10 minutes allowed the butter and spice to really caramelize the little guys. YUM!

So simple, and so delicious!

I ate the whole batch by myself (half for dinner and half for breakfast!) because the Hubs doesn’t like squash, and the Kiddo saw the squash package in the trash and didn’t buy my pumpkin story.

I have also made this with a heaping tablespoon of granulated honey, which is simply the best thing ever on squash. *but not paleo.

Other Paleo options- add some chopped walnuts and/or 1-2 peeled and diced apples, which is the way my amazing BFF, Jolie Gentry, squashes it up.