Sunday, December 22, 2013

Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary Chicken, Eggplant and Zucchini

This is a recipe I made recently, using both store bought vegetables and vegetables from my local farmers market. I even used rosemary fresh from my garden! It is a perfect meal for any time of the year, and is not heavy or rough or your stomach.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary Chicken, Eggplant and Zucchini 
Yields 2-3 servings

2 chicken breasts (or about ½-1 lb chicken breast tenders)
1 medium butternut squash
1 large zucchini
¼ cup red onion, diced
½ cup sweet green pepper, diced
¾ cup eggplant, chunked
2 small tomatoes, diced
2 handfuls of mixed greens (I used kale and collard greens)
1 TSP + ½ TBSP garlic powder, divided
1 TSP+ ½ TBSP ground black pepper, divided
¼ cup + ½ cup unsalted vegetable or chicken stock, divided
3 twigs fresh rosemary 
½ cup sweet tomato hot sauce (optional)
1        TBSP coconut oil

1)      Slice the butternut squash in half. Sprinkle with divided TSP garlic powder and TSP black pepper. Bake in oven at 450 for about 25 minutes, or until soft.

2)      In the mean time, prepare your chicken. Toss it with the rest of the garlic and pepper, half the amount of fresh rosemary, and ¼ cup stock. Cover and let sit in fridge until needed.

3)      Melt coconut oil over medium high heat in a large pan. Sautee the onion and bell pepper until soft, about 3 minutes

4)      Add the diced eggplant and sauté another 4 minutes.

5)      Add the tomato and zucchini to the mix for about 4 minutes.

6)      Make room in the pan to add your chicken. Place the chicken in, along with any extra marinade.

7)      Add the rest of the stock, and place the rest of the rosemary directly on the chicken. Cover until the chicken is nearly cooked.

8)      Add the sweet salsa (optional) and greens. Cover and let wilt, about 5 minutes.

9)      Reduce heat, and serve by filling your butternut squash half with the mixture. Enjoy!

These butternut squashes were AWESOME coming from the farmers market! I thought that I did not like butternut squash, until I had these. Store bought always seem tasteless. I am so glad I got these (for a bargain price too;) )... they've turned me into a fan !

Do you taste the difference between farmers market produce and store produce?
What have you been cooking lately?


1 comment:

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