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Happy Birthday Spaghetti Squash with Polenta

A few weeks ago I tried my hand at polenta croutons. The crispy cubes of cornmeal were nice accompaniments to a garden salad. Shortly after my first foray into preparing polenta, my friend/colleague Kristi made the polenta croutons and added them to a tasty vegetarian/vegan entree that she created.

Start with a spaghetti squash – Heat the oven to 400°F. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Brush the flesh with 2 tablespoons of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the squash halves cut-side up on a baking sheet and roast until fork tender, about 50 minutes. Remove the squash from the oven and let sit at room temperature until just cool enough to handle. Scrape the flesh with a fork to make long strands; set aside.

Heat a skillet with oil on medium-high heat. Saute sliced onion, diced tomatoes, sliced zucchini, chopped garlic and capers. In a separate skillet, cook the polenta croutons. Place the sauteed mixture on top of the spaghetti squash and add polenta croutons to garnish. Serve hot and enjoy.

Thanks, Kristi, for this inspired dish. Have a happy birthday!

I am sharing this recipe with Simply Sugar and Gluten Free.

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Have a Party with Oven-Roasted Carnival Squash

Happy day, everyone! The weather is spectacular in New England – the days are warm with low humidity while the nights are cooler. This is perfect windows-wide-open-to-let-the-breezes-in weather! And the farm share continues to amaze us with a late-summer bounty. Recently we received a carnival squash – it looked like a party all right – with its speckles of green, orange, yellow and black, reminding me of confetti. The farm included a simple recipe for roasting this gourd-looking squash, which said would bring out the natural flavors of the vegetable. SensitiveHusband and I decided to give it a try, substituting the brown sugar with maple syrup, and it did not disappoint – its taste and texture resembled a cross between acorn and butternut squashes. If you see this vegetable at the store or farm, do pick one up and give it a try. It’s a delicious vegetable for this time of year.

Ingredients:
1 carnival squash
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup maple syrup

Preparation:
Cut squash in half to make two matching boats. Scoop out seeds from center. Put half the butter and half the maple syrup in each side. Place in a glass dish, cover with foil, and place in the oven at 375 degrees for about 1 hour. Please note: the cooking time may vary depending on the size of the squash.

I am sharing this recipe with Simply Sugar and Gluten Free and Gastronomical Sovereignty.