I am called Patty Pan Squash and yes, you can eat me. No, I am not a flower but I grow a beautiful yellow flower before I mature. No, I am not an alien and I did not come on a spaceship. I am a Native American heirloom and I was grown by the Native Americans in the Northeast.
Dieters like me because I am low in calories. I contain high fiber and vitamin A and C and some B vitamins: niacin, riboflavin and thiamine. I also, have some minerals: iron, calcium and potassium. I have a sweet flavor and I can be baked, grilled, stuffed, or pickled. You would love me in muffins, pies and cakes.
I was shopping in the local health food store and saw the Patty Pan squash. It caught my eye and after I picked it up I decided to buy it. When I arrived home I took a photo of the squash and began to create a recipe.
I usually stuff butternut squash but Patty Pan was smaller and I had no experience what it tasted like. Here was my chance to find out. I began by washing the organic squash and then boiling it in a pot with water for 20 minutes and then I cut off the stem and removed the pulp inside to create a area for the rice stuffing. Then I placed it into a baking dish.
Next, I put about two tablespoon of organic olive oil into the frying pan with one chopped organic onion and a clove of organic garlic. I cooked it until soft and poured 2 cups of water and placed 1 cup of organic brown rice and cooked on low until the rice was done.
I added organic herbs of basil, thyme, and sage to the rice mixture. Then I spooned the rice mixture into the opening of the Patty Pan squash and placed the stem on top and baked at 350 for 20 minutes.
Boy! Was that easy and a delight to behold. I am going to search for other summer squashes the next time I go to the health food store and create other recipes to enjoy and share with friends and family.
What about you! Will you find a way to enjoy the wonderful healing food of Mother Nature?
Patricia R. Blumhagen an Interfaith Minister, Spiritual, and Nutritional Coach
and Indie Author of: Winter’s Mystery-Time To Go Within:Spiritual Journeying,
enjoys cooking, gardening, writing and is passionate about guiding individuals
towards self transformation: She assist other sto believe and empower themselves
to release the emotional pain, rebirth the possibilities, and reclaim the Divine within.