We're not doing it as an Iron Chefettes, but Miss T. and I both got a late-fall CSA box from Loon Organics. It was full of the goodness of the end of the season, and many of the items will actually keep quite a while, hence the slowing down and not going Iron-Chefette crazy. One of the items in the box was a butternut squash. I'd seen this recipe floating around the interwebs, and decided this was the perfect time to try it.
Not particularly difficult, but a little time-consuming. Anything that calls for peeling and dicing a big honkin' butternut squash will be that way.
Well, first you slice a few thin rounds, then dice the rest. Put them on baking sheets that you've brushed with olive oil, then add some fresh sage leaves. Roast away in a 375 oven for 15-20 minutes. Your kitchen will smell quite nice.
While you're doing that, you saute some chopped onion and garlic in olive oil, then add broth and cook up some quinoa. I love quinoa and had been wanting to find more ways to use it. As it turned out, I had some plain quinoa and some red Inca quinoa, so I mixed those together, with, I think, pleasing results.
The recipe then instructs you to use nonstick spray in a glass pie dish. You can see I did not use a glass pie dish. I could not find my glass pie dish. I own one. All the baking dishes are in one cupboard. I pulled everything out. It is not there. And it's not like I make so much pie that it might have been in use.
You see, the Teens are in charge of emptying the dishwasher. They know very well where baking dishes go. But I think one or the other of them got distracted and decided the glass pie dish needed to go elsewhere. Where would that be? Who knows? Clearly I don't think like a Teen, because I looked all over the kitchen and couldn't find it. This worried me--when the recipe specifies a glass baking dish, there's usually a good reason for it.
But onward. I had roasted squash and cooked quinoa that needed combining and baking. So--I sprayed my metal pie pan, put a few more leaves of sage in it, topped with the sliced squash, and finally the quinoa mixture. The recipe says to "press" the quinoa in, and then bake. I thought I "pressed," but apparently I did not, for when it came time to invert the pie, it all collapsed.
Even with two kinds of quinoa, even in a metal pie plate, even not properly pressed, this was still delicious. Oh. So good! Loved it! Loved it the next day heated up! Even Teen 2 ate seconds! And so darned healthy! Goodness--I could almost pretend that I care about nutrition by eating this!
Maybe I should add bacon next time.