I'll admit it. I'm just plain weird. I like squash. It hasn't always been that way, but I have certainly developed a taste for it recently.
We all know that we should be eating more vegetables. But if you're like me I used to only like them if they were covered in globs of Velveeta cheese. Now, I am a firm believer in trying new things and I have kept experimenting with squash and I now have a few tried and true recipes that work very well for me. This is one of my own, it cooks up in about 10 minutes and is extremely flavorful.
How much of each ingredient is somewhat up to you. I test things while I eat to make sure they taste right to me that day. So I rarely make it exactly the same each time, but each time it tastes great. So here you go:
Cut up into bit size pieces equal portions of Zucchini and Yellow Squash. Cut up enough for however many servings you are going to do.
Remember - this is a quick recipe to make so do not make more than you will eat at a setting. I personally do not think that vegetables ever taste that great reheated. And if you make too much you may be tempted to eat too much and that wont help in our weight loss goals. Keep the portions under control. The best advice I can give here is that if your plate it bigger than 8 inches you're going to put too much on it. Now, it is hard to go wrong with lots of vegetables, but the fact of the matter is you can still over eat. If you're not sure how many to put up, cut them onto your plate first and see how much it will cover. The vegetables will shrink up a little once you start cooking, but that will give you a good estimate on the amount to use.
Add as much garlic as you like. Typically I will add several cloves - but again, we have already established that I'm insane - so add that much to your own peril I suppose. Garlic is good for weight loss as well, so you may want to pile it on as well.
Then add about 1/3 as much Red Onion as you have squash.
Putt all of this in a nice frying pan, and spay it all with a little olive oil. I like to use the pump sprays. This gets a good light coat on without adding way to much oil to a recipe. Oil really adds to the flavor, but it can significantly to the recipe as well. Trust me on this, a couple dollar pump spritzer bottle filled with olive oil will give you all the flavor you need and barely add any calories in the grand scheme of things.
Now, turn on the burner to medium heat. And saute the vegetables until the onion starts to turn clear and the squash start to brown a little.
Now add about 3 glugs of white wine (if your like me and do not drink alcohol do not fret it all burns off and just leaves the flavor)
Add about 1/2 as much lite soy sauce (1-2 glugs).
And about 1 glug of Balsamic vinegar.
Now, the amount of liquid that you add here will be determined based on the amount of veggies that you are putting in. The amounts above are for 2 servings. Basically you want the liquid total to cover about 1/2 way up the veggies. Most of the liquid if going to boil off and create a nice reduction sauce.
Now stir this until all the alcohol smell is gone (it will only take 3-5 minutes) and the liquid has been reduced to approximately 1/2 its volume and starting to get thicker.
Remove from that heat and add red pepper flakes to taste and some Butter Buds. Butter Buds are a life saver. All the butter taste that I love and about 1/10 the calories. To me they are not the best when it comes to eating like button on bread, but as part of an over all dish they are fantastic.
Now it is time to enjoy!
This is a great tasting, very low calorie, low fat food that will nonetheless fill you up and possibly even make you happy to have eaten squash. I know that I have converted a few people over the past few weeks with this one. I love losing weight while eating great food. Its the only way to go.
Matthew Stearmer is a cooking enthusiast who has used his recipes over the years to not only lose over 50 lbs and keep it off, but has also assisted others in doing the same. He welcomes you to visit his blog at http://www.stearmer.com/blog for more recipes and weight loss tips.