Hi, friends! I know it’s been awhile since we had a good meatless meal post. I’ve had good intentions, but they’ve been pushed quickly aside by birthdays and Thanksgiving and Advent. If you’re new here, I’m so glad you stopped by this little corner of the interwebs “woods”. Not sure why I’m posting about meatless Fridays? Find out why in my introductory post.
This recipe is delicious, simple, and has great leftovers. It’s easy to customize, and can be made into different meals, even. You can substitute the butternut squash with sweet potato, the pinto beans with black or kidney beans, and use any kind of cheese you want, or skip the cheese! The original recipe calls for green tomatillo salsa, which is SO delicious, but a red salsa would also be good. I serve it with rice, and have the leftovers with a fried egg the next day for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. My favorite ways to eat this dish are as tacos (See recipe below) and then as a mixed bowl of squash, beans, and rice with an egg. So tasty, so filling, so healthy.
- 4 cups diced (1/2-inch) peeled butternut squash
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3-4 tsp chile powder, to taste (I like lots of flavor!)
- 1 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 3/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 2 cups cooked pinto beans, drained (or black or kidney beans)
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- corn tortillas
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese
- Prepared green tomatillo salsa
- cooked rice (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Put squash in a medium bowl. Drizzle with oil. Stir in the garlic, chile powder, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread evenly on a baking sheet. Bake until soft and beginning to brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Add beans to a medium pot, stir in spices. Heat over medium heat until warmed. You may need to add a little water or broth if they seem too dry.
- To serve, spoon squash and beans onto tortilla (or rice), top with cilantro, cheese, and salsa. Enjoy!
adapted from http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/bean_squash_tacos.html
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