On My Plate: Baked Butternut Squash Fries

Oh, French fries. How delicious they are in all of their greasy ways. Sadly, most of us overeat on the fried treat, repeatedly dipping them in sugar-laden condiments, and feel sluggish after. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have all the fries we ever wanted without the guilt and with added nutrition? Well we’re all in luck. Meet butternut squash: a winter squash that is similar to pumpkin but with a nuttier taste.  Rich in Potassium and Vitamin C, this is a veggie that demands to be eaten by folks who are active. Butternut squash is also a complex carb, which is the GOOD kind of carb that our bodies need and crave! With a lot of nutritional bang for their buck (and low in calories), you can have two helpings of these baked fries and walk away feeling good and satisfied. Plus, these are SO easy to make (and they reheat beautifully, though eating them cold is tasty, too). So the next time you need a perfect side dish to amplify your dinner in a healthy way, turn to butternut squash fries, hinted with a kick of Sriracha to replace those condiments, and you’ll be glad you did! (Note: you can make this recipe substituting sweet potatoes for the butternut squash if you so desire.)

Food: Baked Butternut Squash Fries

•    1 tablespoon (tbs) olive oil
•    1 teaspoon (tsp) Sriracha
•    1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into evenly sized steak fries
•    pepper to taste

1.    Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.    Whisk together oil and Sriracha in a large bowl. Transfer butternut squash fries to bowl and toss to coat. Pour fries onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment and arrange in a single layer. Sprinkle with pepper.
3.    Bake for 20 minutes, and then carefully flip fries over using tongs or a spatula. Sprinkle with additional pepper and bake for 20 minutes more or until tender and blackened on edges.

: Those of you who have been reading The Daily Wild since its inception know that I’ve been on a weight loss journey. Well I’m proud to say that in just 2.5 years I’ve finally reached my goal weight! I’ve lost 122 pounds total, which is basically an entire human being. Crazy! I’ll have before and after photos in my next blog, but I just wanted to take a quick moment to say thanks to all who have supported me on my journey. When I began, the overall goal was to get HEALTHY, which is the most important part of the weight-loss process that I feel a lot of people forget about. So even though I am psyched to fit into skinny jeans and wear a swimming suit this summer, I’m even more jazzed about my good health and the habits I have acquired to help me live a long, healthy life.

: We’re getting ready to plant our raised beds, but first we have to wait for the last frost to roll through the ‘Lou. This year we decided to scale back on everything we tried to plant last year, and focus on just a few veggies instead of several. I can’t wait until I can bite into a sun-kissed tomato right off the vine. Bliss.

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