I seem to be writing a “100 easy recipes with butternut squash” blog at the moment.
I also seem to be finding it increasingly difficult to come up with ideas for family meals. My children are finally of the age when we can have a family supper all together in the evening, after years of cooking separate meals for us and the kids. This does however limit what we can eat, as pleasing everyone seems almost unachievable. I am always trying to think up new and enticing ways of presenting vegetables to persuade the kids to eat them. This week I bought some Tacos which always go down well. I offered a little shredded, left over chicken for my daughter, who does not do “spicy” and knocked up some guacamole for my son, who doesn’t like meat. If you offer a selection of different filling, it is almost possible to keep the whole family happy, as least for a while.
Tacos with Re-fried Black Beans, Roast Butternut Squash and Feta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, very finely grated
Large knob of ginger, very finely grated
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 Chipotle chilli, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried marjoram or handful of fresh oregano
1 tablespoon tomato puree
2 tins black beans
1 packet corn tacos
1 butternut squash, peeled and diced
Small bunch of coriander, leaves picked
A little feta, crumbled
Whatever else you might like to add – sour cream, tomato salsa, grated cheese, shredded cooked chicken or sweetcorn
Heat oil in a heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat; add onion and celery. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic and ginger and cook about 1 minute more. Add chilli, the salt, the herbs, spices and tomato puree. Stir and cook 1 minute more. Stir in beans with a little of their juice and cook for 5 minutes or so. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Meanwhile roast your butternut squash. Cut into quite small dice, toss with some extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and roast on a baking tray in a pre-heated oven at 180C for about 30 minutes until soft and beginning to caramelise.
Make up your tacos as you like, but I like to first add some re-fried beans, tops with some shredded lettuce and coriander leaves, scatter on some butternut squash, add a big dollop of guacamole and finish with a little crumbled feta.