I’m slightly behind in bloggingness. AGAIN.
But that’s okay, because I have some pretty freaking amazing stuff to share! Like…
SUPER SQUASH STRIKES AGAIN! Remember all that silly business with the epic mega tons of squash I ate last winter? Welllll, yeah. It’s back. Complete with kale, it’s trusty sidekick. Oh. And goat cheese. Because… REALLY?! You expect me to give you a savory dish without goat cheese??
Let’s be real. Cheese is where it’s at.
I could probably eat goat cheese all day until the cows came home, and then I would look at the cows and say: “COWS! Why are you here?! I need GOATS for goat cheese, obviously” and then go back to eating my goat cheese. Forever.
This dish is easy and comes together quickly—the only longish part is all the prep work of wrestling the squash and chopping the kale (both of which can be done ahead of time to save on dinner prep when you’re starving). Squash and chèvre complement each other beautifully, and are perfect with kale. Besides all that, you get antioxidants galore from the squash and kale, as well as a ton of other health benefits. AND goat cheese is good for your soul, obviously.
Butternut Squash and Kale Skillet with Goat Cheese
Serves 3, with enough leftovers for 2 dinners and one small lunch. Recipe adapted from Fitness Magazine.
Do yourself a favor and be liberal with the goat cheese, you’ll thank me later!
- one enormous butternut squash, peeled and diced into 1/2″ cubes
- a good glug of olive oil
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 clove of garlic
- 4.5 c kale, finely chopped
- 1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
- 2 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice (From the lemon you just zested… you see what I did there?)
- 1/2 c low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 c dried apples, chopped and soaked in water for a few minutes to soften
- chicken sausage, casing removed (optional: mine was smoked apple chardonnay)
- small log of goat cheese, crumbled
In a LARGE (no, really. LARGE) skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add squash, onion, and garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, until squash is lightly browned and tender: about 7 minutes. Add kale, lemon zest and juice, and salt/pepper to taste. If using sausage, add now. Cook until kale is wilted and squash is fork tender, about 5-7 minutes more. Add in chicken broth and and apples, and simmer for a few minutes before serving, so everything is heated through. Serve immediately, and top with goat cheese! (liberally, of course)