Story by: Norton Healthcare on November 9, 2018
Really impress your family at your next holiday meal with this make-it-your-own (MIYO) dish packed with flavor and nutrients.
Keep it simple with this unique sauce recipe or add in your favorite protein, such as Italian chicken sausage, for added flavor. No matter your style, including winter squash in your meals will provide you with important nutrients, including vitamin A.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH SAUCE
Cook time: 30 minutes
1 cup uncooked quinoa or 3 cups uncooked whole-wheat noodles
Meat topping option
4 ounces Parmesan or Asiago cheese, shaved or shredded
Cook grains according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a large pot, add diced squash to boiling, salted water. Boil for 10 minutes and drain.
In a large sauté pan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, shallots, garlic and sage. Sauté until shallots are soft. Set aside.
In the same pan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, sausage (if you choose; crumbling as you cook) and spinach. Cook until sausage is warmed and spinach is wilted.
While sausage is warming, combine squash, sautéed shallots mixture, nutmeg and vegetable broth in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Layer grain, meat mixture and sauce. Top with cheese garnish and serve warm.
Nutrition information per serving (of the quinoa, sausage mixture, sauce and cheese combination): 345 calories; 17.2 g fat (4.6 g saturated fat); 578 mg sodium; 31 g carbohydrate; 4.9 g fiber; 16 g protein.
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