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So my oven did a thing…

16 Sep

I found this AMAZEBALLS recipe for a butternut squash casserole this afternoon. Yes, I was specifically looking up butternut squash recipes, because I threw several bags of the precut ones from Trader Joe’s in my basket over the weekend. Yes, I am a sucker and often make impulse purchases. Moving on.

So I get home and get all excited and ready to throw this sucker in the oven and………. my oven decides to start smoking. There’s nothing in it, it’s perfectly clean, yet it set off my fire alarm (*three times*) anyways. There goes the casserole.

*WRONG*

I had my heart set on casserole, dagnabbit! So casserole I was going to make! <It’s called improvising, and it’s quite risky>

Below is the REAL recipe and method for cooking it. I’ll footnote my ghetto version for those of you who like to be entertained.

Butternut Squash Casserole

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Ingredients

1/2 cup onions, diced

2 large cloves of garlic, minced

Cooking spray, as needed

1 lb butternut squash, peeled & diced into tiny cubes

2 oz fat free Greek yogurt

2 egg whites, beaten

1/2 cup shredded cheese, divided in two

1 tbsp Parmagiano-Reggiano

1 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese

2 thick-cut pieces of bacon, diced

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Saute your onions and garlic in cooking spray until soft, approx 5 minutes. Add your diced up squash (and more cooking spray, as needed). Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Put the Greek yogurt, egg whites, half your shredded cheese, and the Parmagiano-Reggiano into the pan and stir it all up. Put the mix into a small, greased baking dish. Add the rest of your shredded cheese and the grated parmesan cheese. Cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

When you have about 5 minutes to go, cook the bacon on the stove over medium-high heat. When the casserole is done, sprinkle the bacon on top. Serve.

This makes two large servings or three small ones.

Calories: 430 (2 servings); 287 (3 servings)

*****

HFG’s crazy version:

Instead of putting this dish in the oven, I stuck it in the microwave for 3 minutes. And since I was microwaving, I swapped out the egg whites for a splash of skim milk (I really don’t trust microwaves to cook things like eggs or chicken correctly). If you’re in a hurry, this version works. But it’s less of a casserole and more of a pile of cheesy veggies.

❤ HFG

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