Fast fact: Squash is a fruit! Yes, life is a big fat orange lie all along!
The general rule is that an edible plant can be categorized as a fruit if it has seeds, but if it is seedless, it is generally a vegetable. In this very informative and life-reawakening article from The Telegraph, it sums up the common misconception on the difference between a vegetable and a fruit. I hope by now you know that Tomato is fruit too, if not, surprise!!
That tiny bit of trivia about Squash is not the reason for this post but because i have discovered a recipe for one of my favorite
vegetables fruits (not to mention its color as my favorite color too haha!).
I grew up forced-fed with homegrown vegetables by my parents. Truth is, i actually liked the kind of meals prepared for us when we were kids. Our plates were bountiful with a good mix of green and meat with tons of snacks in between. From Okra to Upo to Talong to Bataw to Sigarillas to Talbos ng Kamote to all the other vegetables in Bahay Kubo, we were able to eat those and choose to eat it til now. My mom’s family hailed from Pampanga, the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, which is the main reason why we love to eat and cook varieties of food and dishes. As for me, Squash is among my top 5 vegetable/fruit i could eat if i ever go Cast Away.
Squash have the ability to improve the quality of your sight, boost skin health, strengthen the immune system, prevent cancer, manage symptoms of diabetes, build strong bones, protect heart health, reduce symptoms of insomnia, prevent inflammatory conditions, treat arthritis, eliminate ulcers, eliminate parasites and infections, increase prostate health, protects against birth defects, boosts respiratory health, and reduces blood pressure.
I’m not a big fan of kitchen wares, i like teflon pan and pots at best. I love doing everything with my bare hands but when i learned about Tupperware’s Smooth chopper, it was almost love at first chop! It’s so easy to use, electricity-free, and an extremely fun way to chop almost anything. I’m sold in a heartbeat!
For my chopper’s first spin, i tried its durability using a hard ingredient, which is guess what? Right, Squash! The finish product was truly a delight in its own right as if i used a food processor. P.S. Tupperware did not tap me or paid me to say this, it’s really just a good kitchen-must-have for kitchen warriors!
So here’s the recipe i have prepared using two of the best things in my kitchen: Squash + Smooth chopper.
Preparation Time: 45 mins
|For the Squash Patties|
|1/8 kg||Squash, cubes|
|1 small||Carrots, chopped|
|1 cup||Parsley, chopped|
|1 small||Red bell pepper, chopped|
|1 small||Onion, minced|
|2 cloves||Garlic, minced|
|250 g||French beans|
Note: All vegetables are Organic produce.
- Thoroughly wash all vegetables.
- To prepare the Squash patties, use a Tupperware Smooth chopper or a food processor, to mash Squash, Carrots, Parsley, Bell pepper, Onion, and Garlic. Careful not to mash it too softly, ideally it has to be in very tiny bits.
- Transfer the mashed vegetables to a bowl. Mix eggs and cornstarch then add salt and pepper to taste. you may add chili flakes if you want it a little spicy. Refrigerate for 20 mins.
- Meanwhile, blanch French beans and Broccoli.
- In a non-stick pan, fry the patties. Use a spoon for an ideal-sized patty. Better frying it without oil.
- Makes 4-5 patties.
The patty’s texture is tender similar to a croquette. You may fry it with oil but cooking it without is healthily perfect. Another option is to bake it.
If you ever tried cooking this recipe, let me know your feedback! There’s a high probability that you may have tweaked it to your liking or might have a few suggestions on how to improve it 🙂
Eat your greens,