Butternut Squash Fries

Yesterday ended up being a full rest day. No workouts for me. Then I thought about getting up and running this morning, but didn’t. Maybe I’ll do a short run tonight. Or maybe I won’t. I’m not sure if I’m feeling it. I’m definitely feeling indecisive though. :-)

Instead of a regular workout last night, I worked my arm muscles cutting a butternut squash. I’ve seen the Butternut Squash Fries recipe on Hungry Girl for years now and have had all intentions to make them, but it just never happened. I even got a Butternut Squash for a birthday present a few years ago (I’m serious about that. And easy to please), but never made the fries.

You’re all probably reading this thinking, “I’ve been making those for 4 years now” but it’s new to me. It’s also one of my goals. So, for the two of you that have never done this before, I give you:

 Butternut Squash Fries

1.  Make sure you have a large, sharp knife. (I’m pretty sure mine is from 1976, so cutting up the squash was a real b!tch.)

2.  Cut off the ends of the squash.

3.  Slice the squash in half vertically (and hopefully more centered than I did) and scoop out all seeds and pulp.

4.  Cut up the squash into smaller pieces. (It’s probably best to lay the squash face down, slice it vertically again, and then in half. What I did was a big mess.)

5. Cut off the skin of the squash and then cut squash into fry shape.

5a. Realize you need to take your nailpolish off because you look like a hooker.

6. Don’t lose one of those.

7.  Place fries on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray.

8. Add salt. (I used sea salt, but I’m sure any type will work. Hungry Girl suggests Kosher salt.)

9. Bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Then flip the fries and bake for another 20 minutes.

10. Eat with ketchup!

I really thought I screwed up on the burned ones, but honestly, I liked the burned ones the best. Even the hubs loved them and thought they tasted a lot like potato french fries. If these are so good, why aren’t they everywhere as healthier options instead of fries? I don’t get it. I also don’t get what took me so long to make them, but I am SO hooked now.

Do you love Butternut Squash Fries?

What’s your favorite healthy recipe that has 4 ingredients or less?

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  1. hungryhealthyhappy says

    I love butternut squash, but it is a total pain in the a** to deal with. Rutabaga fries are really good, too (same method, but with a rutabaga).
    Favorite healthy recipe with 4 ingredients? Turkey burgers–season ground turkey with poultry seasoning and wrap the burgers in turkey bacon. Top ‘em with a sauce of sour cream & blue cheese. Technically, I guess that’s 5 ingredients, plus a bun, so 6. I was never good at math. But they are worth the extra 2 ingredients–so yum!

  2. Running Girl says

    Those look good! I have a massive scar on my thumb, courtesy of trying to cut a butternut squash. Now I buy them cubed at Costco, to save the rest of my fingers. ;-)

    Favorite 4 ingredient recipe? Huevos Rancheros:

    Scramble a couple of eggs. Add shredded cheese. Put egg/scheese in a warmed tortilla & smother with salsa.

    Not exactly the traditional version, but easy & yummy.

  3. Aarika says

    These look awesome. I like my burned sweet potato fries better, too. I’m going to give em a whirl!

  4. iJason says

    I’ve never had these before and will have to try to make them soon for the wifey and I.

    I may have a problem with step 5a though. :-)

  5. tra says

    hahahha only the apartment people consider bunnies rodents! thus, they need to take a bio class. :D

    OMG! today i saw the bunny’s family. or harem. who knows. they were getting prettyyyyyy active in that bush.

    they better love burpees! and lunges! and jump squats. har har!

    i think i’ll just keep it minimal. slowly papers and crap are lining the floor, but i’ll clean it/organize it laters :D i might move into oncampus housing next year, so i ll keep the stuff to a minimum. plus after lifting that box from ikea up a flight of stairs…sheesh! that was intense!

  6. Alyssa says

    MMM I’ve made these and I LOVE them, but they are hard to cut. I love basically any veggie roasted with salt, garlic powder, and chili powder. If that’s a recipe.


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