Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Twice Baked Butternut Squash

YUM-O! I made this as a side dish for our anniversary. I actually made DH a steak! This was so good and I plan on making it again.

1 butternut squash cut lengh wise

2 TBS. sour cream

1 TBS. butter




Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Scoop seeds out of squash (I used my melon baller). Sprinkle squash with some salt and pepper and put a dollup of butter on each slice.

Cook in oven for about 45 minutes. Let squash cool for 15 minutes and reduce heat on oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix sour cream, butter, salt, and pepper. Scoop inside of squash out into bowl, reserving the skins, and mix (I used my hand mixer to get it whipped). Scoop mixture back into skins, sprinkle top with breadcrumbs, and cook in oven an additional 20 minutes.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Spinach and Pasta Bake

I got this idea from another blog. You can find it here:


Anyway, I made some changes to it to meet my dietary requirements.

It was really good, but I think missing something (besides the meat). I added a small amount of milk to my bowl and it helped make it creamier. I think I'll add some to the entire batch next time I make this.

16 oz cooked pasta (I used rotini)

10 oz chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained

14.5 oz diced tomatoes

8 oz onion and chive cream cheese

1 tsp basil

1 tsp Italian seasonings

1 tsp crushed red pepper


2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided

2 or 3 cloves crushed garlic

After pasta is cooked and drained, mix with all ingredients (only use 1 cup of the cheese). When it is mixed well, top with remainding cheese. If you like, you can sprinkle a small amount of bread crumbs to the top.

As for pan size, you can use one large pan or two smaller pans and freeze one of them. Bake, covered, at 375 degrees. Uncover and cook a little bit longer (until cheese is melted and dish is a little bubbly).


Monday, June 15, 2009

Butter Bean Burgers

I'm trying my best to make more food from scratch. When I saw this recipe, I didn't think it would be that great, but I thought it was worth a shot. What I like most about it is you can add whatever you want. I have posted the original recipe (from allrecipes.com) and noted the changes that I made.

1 (15 ounce) can butter beans, drained

1 small onion, chopped

1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper (I didn't have this, so I add red pepper flakes instead)

6 saltine crackers, crushed (I added bread crumbs instead)

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (I didn't measure this out, just added it until I thought it was good enough)

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil instead)

I also added a couple cloves of garlic. I have a garlic obsession!

1.In a medium bowl, mash butter beans. Mix in onion, jalapeno pepper, crushed crackers, egg, cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Divide into 4 equal parts, and shape into patties.

2.Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; use more or less oil to reach 1/4 inch in depth. Fry patties until golden, about 5 minutes on each side.

When I made these, it helped if I added a little more bread crumbs to each side of the patty. So I put the patties in the pan, sprinkled them with more bread crumbs. When I flipped them over, I added more crumbs to the other side.

When they are done, top them with whatever you would top a regular burger. Even my husband enjoyed these!