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from Wellspring Charitable Gardens this Week - November 3, 2022

From the Garden this Week… Endive, Swiss Chard, Arugula, Spinach, Winter Squash, Beets or Radishes, Eggplant, Rutabaga, Salad Turnips, Purple Beans, Basil, Parsley, Dill, Cilantro, Pomegranates, & Fuyu Persimmons

Using your Produce… by Julie Moreno

This week I have a recipe to sauté our winter squash. This method reduces the cooking time, but it increases the preparation time. You can peel and cut the squash one to two days ahead. Usually, I will often cook the squash whole, but this is an alternative method, that takes far less time. The sweetness of the squash combines well with the greens. For this recipe you could use pumpkin, acorn squash or butternut. The combination would also work for spaghetti squash, but you would want to cook the spaghetti squash ahead of time and remove the strings, then quickly sauté it just for 1-2 minutes before adding the greens.

Swiss Chard-Winter Squash Sauté

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 bunch Swiss chard, washed, stems and leaves chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley and basil

Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

* In a large sauté pan, over medium-high heat, add the butter, butternut squash and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Let the squash lightly brown on the edges and cook fully before you add the chard. Take a taste of the squash to make sure it is cooked through. Add the Swiss chard and the pepper flakes to the pan and cover, cooking for 2 minutes. Remove the lid and stir over medium low heat until the chard is wilted. Sprinkle the vegetables with the herbs and stir. Taste and add salt and pepper if desired. Serve right away.

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