Butternut Squash Puree with Crunchy Topping

A lot of people, especially women, say they have a hard time asking for help.  They feel like they need to do it all themselves.

I’m not one of those women.  I would say I’m decently comfortable asking for help.  This was not true when I was younger but asking people (politely) for assistance has gotten easier now that I turned 30.  (OK, 35.  Fine, 40 but I’m not going any further.)  Here are some things I asked people for this week.

  • Will you spot me on this squat?
  • Can you get me on the guest list?
  • Can I share your pictures on my blog?
  • Do you mind ordering this for me on Amazon since you get free shipping?
  • Will you pick me up at the bus stop?
  • Can you suggest any sauces for my post on ridiculously easy sauces?
  • Will you like my blog on Facebook?

That last one is the big one — “Will you like my blog on Facebook?”  I tweeted this question out to the Twitterverse and asked my friends on Facebook.  I also asked a dozen people in person, including a few who I might argue I crossed over from “asking” to “bugging.”

I am honestly so super appreciative of each and every one of the 35 people who have been kind enough to like the page so far.  I know supporting something that others haven’t liked yet isn’t always cool – so I doubly appreciate your willingness to do it now.

If you are reading this and haven’t gotten around to liking Nourish Paleo Foods on Facebook, would you mind liking it? Just click HERE, like it and come back.  I swear, I will wait.  l won’t say anything funny until you get back.

OK, I might not say anything funny at all, as that isn’t exactly strength of mine.  But I am very grateful. If you know anyone else who might like it also, would you share it with them?  Thank you!

On to the eating!  This recipe is remarkably flavorful considering how simple it is.  I made a version of this last year for a Halloween office potluck and got a lot of nice comments on it.  People in my office are generally pretty healthy though, so I can’t guarantee that it would be a hit with your work-folks if they prefer Jack in the Box. I hope you like it.

Butternut Squash Puree with Crunchy Topping

Butternut squash, 1

Chicken broth, 2 tablespoon

Salt, ¾ teaspoon

Pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds) or almonds, 1 cup

Olive oil, 1 tablespoons

Garlic, 1 clove

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds.
  3. Place squash halves on baking sheet or cake pan, face down in water. Bake for about 45 minutes, until soft.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  5. While squash is cooling, add pepitas, olive oil, garlic and ¼ teaspoon salt to food processor.  Use low setting to coarsely chop and set aside.
  6. Scoop out inside of squash.  Add to food processor with chicken broth and ½ teaspoon salt.  Puree until smooth.
  7. Place squash puree in 9×9 serving dish so it spreads out sort of thin.  Top generously with pepitas topping.
  8. Return to oven for another 10 minutes.  Serve hot.

Here’s a bonus non-paleo but office-friendly suggestion:  You can also top with a little parmesan and bake another 10 minutes until cheese melts.