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Butternut Squash…Fries?

If you haven’t heard, or seen, Atlanta is covered in about six inches of snow, and perhaps another half inch of ice. Observe

Obligatory Agnes Snow Picture

Since I really couldn’t go anywhere (not like I was going to…), I decided to try another new recipe. The butternut squash french fries.

I was particularly eager to try this out, because I love french fries.  Like, way too much. As part of the Paleo-diet, I can’t have them anymore, so I was looking for a substitute.

What you need:

1 med butternut squash.
1/8 tablespoon of salt (or, you know, more…)

The biggest challenge of this recipe is the cutting. Butternut squash is… well… hard. Firm. Ah…  difficult to cut up.

 

Yes, that is a de-boner.

I swear to the gods that this recipe should have negative calories, because that squash is so hard to cut! Either way, you’ve got to split it open and get out the seeds:

 

I triumphed in the first round…

and then you have to peel it. And then you have to cut it up into “fry-shaped chunks.”

The question that I am still wondering, even after having succeeded in making this recipe, is how the hell do you cut something ROUND up into fry-shaped chunks?

Anyway, you bake for 40 minutes or longer, depending on the thickness, and they come out as such:

 

The Finished Product

This dish is really GREAT… if you like sweet potato fries. To my admittedly untrained tongue, these taste exactly like sweet potato fries.

The only trouble is, I don’t really like sweet potato fries.

So I’m putting this recipe in the “fail” list, and I have half of a butternut squash to figure out what to do with sometime this month. I may consider making it for my birthday party if there are folks who like sweet potato fries.

I ate a small handful of these, finished off the last of the easy chicken and basil, and had a pork chop for dinner. No other veggies today, unfortunately. That will have to change tomorrow when I start making the soups. 🙂

Also, I am almost out of fruit…I really should have realized since fruits, veggies, and meat were all I was going to be eating, I would need to stock more of them. I am not sure what I am going to do. I don’t really have the money to go back to the grocery store, and I am afraid that if I run out of fruits, I will turn to the tub of popcorn for a snack when I get hungry.

I must be strong!

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