Pioneer Woman at Heart

One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Monday, July 16, 2012

Cooking Up Squash

Dinner the other night:  Zucchini Linguine, Squash Cornbread, Roasted beets with thyme, rosemary and onions, and broccoli.

We typically pick from the garden early in the morning, and whatever we pick, is dinner (and more).  As you can see the size of the banana peppers, we desperately need rain.

Despite lack of rain, and high heat, the lettuce plants are still producing.

I'm sharing some recipes we really like, and they use all types of squash.  We buy locally ground corn meal, use farm fresh ingredients, organic, and utilize all the bounty from the garden(s).

Squash Cornbread

1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp. honey
2 eggs
3/4 cup mashed squash, at room temperature
2 cups corn meal
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbsp. butter

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Dissolve the soda in the buttermilk. Stir in the sour cream and incorporate the honey in a thin stream.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, add the squash, corn meal, salt and liquid mixture.

Melt the butter in a 9" pie plate or baking dish and tilt the pan to coat the dish well and pour the excess butter into the batter.

Stir in, and pour into baking dish.

Bake 30-40 minutes, on until batter is set in center. Serve hot with butter. 

Note:  Although this recipe states for "mashed" squash, I simply grated a zucchini with the skin still on it.  It turned out delicious! 

Zucchini Linguine with Walnuts
(Adapted with organic/homegrown ingredients, from the Heart Association Cookbook)

4 oz. dried linguine or homemade noodles
2 med. zucchini, sliced
1 med. onion, thinly sliced or chopped
1 tbsp. dried oregano
4 med. garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Vegetable oil spray
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, dry-roasted (we use locally grown)
2 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp salt

Notes: As for the linguine, I use an entire box.  I also don't use the oil spray, I use olive oil instead.

Prepare the pasta using the package directions, omitting the salt and oil. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.

Meanwhile, heat a  large nonstick skillet over med-high heat. Cook the zucchini and onion for 8 minutes or until beginning to lightly brown on the edges, stirring frequently. Transfer to plate.

Put the oregano, garlic, and red pepper flakes in the skillet. Lightly spray with vegetable oil spray (or use olive oil). Cook for 4 min. or until beginning to lightly brown.

Stir the zucchini mixture into the seasoning mixture. Stir in the pasta and reserved pasta water. Cook for 30 sec. or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from the heat.
Stir in the walnuts, oil and salt. Toss gently.
Serves 4

Summer Vegetable Spaghetti
(adapted from The Cardiac Recovery Cookbook)

2 cups organic onions diced
2 cups organic tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 cups yellow and green squash, sliced 
1 1/2 cups fresh green beans
2 Tbsp. organic fresh parsley, minced
2-5 cloves of garlic, minced (adjust to your taste)
1/2-1 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. salt
black pepper
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 box spaghetti  (cook separately) 
1/2 cup or more Parmesan cheese, grated

In a large skillet, combine the onions, tomatoes, squash, green beans (note: save time and pre-boil the green beans or they take longer to become tender), parsley, garlic, chili powder, salt, pepper, and 2/3 cup of water.

Cook for 10 minutes, then stir in tomato paste.  Cover and cook until vegetables are tender (15 min. or longer).

In another pot cook your spaghetti noodles per package directions and drain.

You can spoon the sauce over the noodles and top with cheese, or mix all together.  

NOTE:  I add a jar of canned tomato sauce (homemade) to this recipe for my family.

Yellow Squash Patties:  This recipe comes from Allrecipes on-line and the link will take you directly to another family favorite recipe.  If you have a lot of yellow squash, these are delicious.  Especially when topped with the sour cream.

Zucchini Pie is another recipe from Allrecipes that we enjoy when we have extra zucchini. 


Patricia @ 9th and Denver said... all sounds good.
Especially that Zucchini linguine with Walnuts!

Unknown said...

Good recipes! I want to try the Squash Cornbread!!!

EMMA said...

Yum that all looks so delicious! thanks for sharing the recipes. Our garden is giving similar to yours at the moment - broccoli, pots, spinach, and beets but for some reason the zucchini showing no signs of life.
Thanks for the lovely blog award!

Candy C. said...

Great recipes for using up the garden bounty! The squash cornbread looks yummy! :)