For the last few weeks I've been in "smack down" mode. I hesitate to write the real term 'cause I don't want to be rude or uncouth, but what the hell. My girls and I, when we are feeling like we are up a few too many lbs. go into what we delicately refer to as "fat ass smack down." When one of us says "Hey, I'm in fat ass smack down mode" the others nod knowingly and discreetly put away the Kaukauna Cheese Spread.
I want to be fit but I also like to eat good food. It's a dilemma so I've sort of started off on an obsession of finding things that taste really, really good, decadent almost, but that don't bust the calorie countdown.
One of those things is Butternut Squash "Fries." These aren't your instant gratification go to, because they take a while to prep and to bake, but it's so worth it. They have a really rich flavor, a super crispy (while at the same time chewy) texture and the best part is they are very low in calories. From my research it looks like one medium sized butternut squash will set you back about 120 calories, not including the ketchup.
Start by heating your oven to 425. Then peel the outside of the squash. From there, cut it into fourths and scoop out all the pulp and seeds, a la pumpkin carving.
I put all the cut pieces in a large mixing bowl and tossed them with Pam, salt, pepper and a pinch of garlic powder.
Then I laid them out on a backing pan. I was careful not to crowd them. I made this mistake once and my little fries were limp. Not good.
Into the oven for 20 minutes. Then I flipped them over and cooked for another 20 minutes.
Keep an eye on them because once I had a batch cook uber fast and almost burn. Not really sure why on that one.