We grew a bunch of it this year. We had squash vines exploring the sidewalk, wrapping around the mailbox, and climbing the neighbor’s apple tree. We stored some dozen or so large winter squash in Beth’s garage this winter- pumpkins, sweetmeats, galeaux d’esine, delicata… They’re about at the end of their collective rope now, though. Mold spots were starting to appear on the hard rinds, and the stems were loose. The obvious solution was to eat a lot of squash, which was no great hardship for either of us.

This is the first of several winter squash recipes that I’ve made over the last few weeks. The inspiration came from 101 Cookbooks and a few idle moments in the WinCo bulk aisle. See, Beth and I both have a tendency to taste new things. She found adzuki beans in the bulk bins- I typed their name into a couple favorite food blogs, and found a tasty looking recipe on 101 Cookbooks. A few tweaks later, I had a new favorite soup.

* 2 tbsp olive oil
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 2 tsp coriander
* 1 tsp cumin
* 1 chipotle pepper, finely chopped
* 2 medium-large onions
* 6 cloves garlic, minced
* 4 cups winter squash, diced
* 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
* 5 whole canned tomatoes, chopped
* 4 cups cooked adzuki beans (about a quarter pound dry)

Put a large pot on medium heat, and dry-roast the spices (cinnamon, coriander and cumin) for a few minutes until fragrant. Add the oil, onions and chipotle and saute until the onions start to soften. Add the garlic and squash and saute for a moment or two, then add the stock and increase the heat to boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover, cooking until the squash softens. Add the tomatoes and beans and simmer for a minute or two. Taste and adjust seasonings. I garnished mine with a bit of chopped cilantro.

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3 responses to “Squash

  1. I love squash of all types. This sounds and looks delicious. (Although I’d be tempted to omit the chipotle.) Never heard of Adzuki beans before so did a little research and found this for your readers:

    “Adzuki Bean:
    Health Benefits and Nutrition Information
    provided by nutritionist Lucy Kelly Nutritional Therapist, Southampton, England.

    Adzuki beans are a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc copper, manganese and B vitamins. As a high-potassium, low-sodium food they can help reduce blood pressure and act as a natural diuretic. When combined with grains, beans supply high quality protein, which provides a healthy alternative to meat or other animal protein.

    Like most beans, adzuki beans are rich in soluble fibre. This type of fibre provides bulk to the stool and binds to toxins and cholesterol aiding in their elimination from the body.

    In Japan adzuki beans are known for their healing properties and are used to support kidney and bladder function. Gillian McKeith is a huge fan of the adzuki bean and refers to it as the ‘weight loss’ bean as it low in calories and fat but high in nutrients.”

  2. My favorite type of squash is the Spaghetti Squash. I have a couple dozen plants started now in my basement waiting for the last frost (and me to do some garden clearing). Spaghetti squash can be used in almost any recipe that would use pasta spaghetti. It’s a substitution that is healthy.

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