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November 01, 2007

Healthy Recipe: Baked Butternut Squash and Parsnips

A distinctively different and delicious dish, butternut squash and parsnips (both in season) provide flavor, texture and nutrients in this healthy recipe from the Pioneer Valley Growers Association.

The parsnip is richer in vitamins and minerals than its close relative the carrot. It is particularly rich in potassium and is also a good source of dietary fiber. Winter squash, which contain phytonutrients, have been found to have anti-cancer type effects.

Serve as a healthy eating accompaniment to turkey, Cornish game hen, or - alternatively - as a vegetarian main course.

Serves 6

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 med. white or yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 med. butternut squash
1 1/2 lbs. parsnips
2 sm. oranges, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp. honey
2/3 cup fruity white wine
1/3 cup de-fatted chicken stock
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Butter a 9 x 12 inch baking dish and set aside. Sauté onions in oil over moderate heat until they begin to soften and are lightly browned, then set aside. Cut squash in half, remove seeds, peel, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Peel parsnips and cut into 1/4 inch rounds. Boil salted water in a large saucepan. Cook squash until almost cooked through but still firm. Add parsnip slices and cook 1 minute longer. Drain and combine with the onions in a large bowl. Set aside. In a blender pulverize the oranges, honey, wine, stock, and nutmeg. Add this mixture to the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine. Sprinkle cheese evenly over top of mixture when ready to serve.

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I liked the sound of this dish and so we cooked it for thanksgiving. But why overpower the wonderful taste of parsnips and butternut squash with orange juice, chicken stock, and wine? If you want to do this I would suggest leaving out the citrus and just baking the tasty veggies by themselves and maybe add a bit of parmesan.

Posted by: Morgan | Nov 27, 2008 11:05:54 PM

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