So people, really, it is still January. Enough with the cupcakes! and the cookies! and over-the-top Superbowl party food! Enough! It.Is.Still.January.
And besides, isn't January food, you know, the food that we should eat "most" of the time, our "every day" food? And aren't all the bazillions of sugar-butter-flour combinations we come up with, even the so-called “healthy ones”) aren't these "December" food and "every once in awhile" food?
We each of us make our own food choices but I happen to love the spareness that is January. Doesn't it just feel good? Less food. Less-rich food. Less fussy food. January is a great food month, no deprivation in the least, the simplicity is much welcome.
And certainly there can be nothing simpler than this quick and inexpensive side dish! JW's daughter served it for dinner with roasted salmon filets a couple of weeks back and I've bought one bag after another of zucchini and yellow squash ever since. It couldn't be simpler. It couldn't be more January. Because yes, January food, it should be February food. And March food. And. And.
The trick – if you can even call something so simple and spare a "trick" – is to barely roast quite-large but still bite-size chunks of squash, this leaves them warm but also leaves some bite.
RECIPE for EASY-EASY BARELY ROASTED ZUCCHINI
Time to table: 30 minutes
2 medium zucchini squash
1 medium yellow squash
2 tablespoon olive oil
Sprinkle garlic powder
Salt & pepper to taste
Set oven to 350F. Trim the ends off the squash, then cut into bite-size but still quite-large pieces. Toss with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Insert into the oven while it still preheats. After 15 minutes, check the squash for doneness, give the squash pieces a quick toss. Let the squash finish roasting, testing every 5 minutes.
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
Aim for about a pound of squash, combined. You could use one squash or the other but the color combination is so pretty!
We were gifted several jars of homemade spice blends for Christmas. These work great with this squash too. Check your spice cabinet for ideas!
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