I call this the most dangerous food ever because it seriously is, once you make it and try it you can’t stop eating it! At least I can’t… I always end up with a stomach ache from gorging myself with this deliciousness!
My mom used to make this a lot and when I was at Whole Foods the other week they had butternut squash on sale. I figured I should pick one up and make something with it. Then I remembered this recipe and although I didn’t have the exact recipe my mom used to make, I improvised and made something that tasted just as delicious!
1 medium butternut squash
2 tbs. olive oil
1 cup pumpkin seeds/pepitas
1 bunch of basil or 1 of those fresh packets of basil (needs to be fresh basil!)
1 garlic clove + 1/2 tsp salt OR 1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/3-1/2 cup of olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 F. Peel and cut your butternut squash into cubes. Place cubes in a bowl along with 2 tbs. of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Mix well then spread onto a baking sheet and roast for 35-45 minutes, until squash is soft. If you are at lower altitude I would check it even earlier (25 minutes).
Once squash is done turn oven down to 350 F and spread pumpkin seeds onto a baking sheet. Roast pumpkin seeds for 5-10 minutes.
Once seeds are done, place 1/2 cup of them in a blender or food processor along with olive oil (start with 1/3 cup, add as necessary), salt, garlic, and basil. Pulse for about 20 seconds until desired consistency is reached. Taste test.
Put the butternut squash in a bowl and add the pesto. Mix well. Serve and sprinkle with a little of the remaining pumpkin seeds for garnish. Yes, you made extra pumpkin seeds… for garnish and eating ;).
It’s okay, you don’t have to thank me. But you can if you want. Food Coma.
Oh a little life update? Things have been up and down. In terms of the Lyme I’ve had to reduce my thyroid medication but have added in two new antibiotics- a grand total of 5 I am on right now (along with the 50 million supplements). I usually have a couple good days followed by a couple bad. The past two have been bad. Stomach aches, headaches, exhaustion. I came home from class today and napped until 7 pm. Then proceeded to stuff my face and now I’m off to bed again:).
I go home in about 2 weeks to see my LLMD. I can’t wait to get home and see my dog and family (even though my parents just came out to visit two weekends ago!). Dealing with Lyme and being in school is really hard… It is exhausting and it’s hard to take care of myself and keep up with my school work….