Hungry Games

I’ve been hanging out with some seedy characters lately.

We mostly sit around getting toasted while watching Saved By the Bell reruns.

Every once in a while we’ll do something productive and play a game of squash.

Want to learn how to puree  play?

The rules are the same for everyone.

How to Cook Pumpkin and Squash

Take a hit off of the top.

Keep things even and slice down the middle.

The seeds just got a penalty.

They have to sit out for now.

Get your players in position.

You can place them flesh side up OR down. I prefer flesh side down because I think they cook more evenly.

Change up!

Squash just became a water sport.

Add 1/4-1/2 inch water to the pan. Omit this step if you want to cook the squash flesh side down and want to caramelize them.

Time out!

The players need to hit the steam room.

Be careful because some your players might be getting baked in there.

Bake in 425 degree oven for 30-40 minutes.

Stick a fork in them, because they’re done.

They lose the right to wear the honorary uniform.

Use your fingers separate the skin from the flesh. You can also use a spoon and scoop it out.

And now they have to face the ninja warrior.

(?)

Things appear to be smoothed out for now.

Get your team ready for their individual events.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter  Squares?

Butternut squash soup?

Acorn Squash….burritos?

Don’t let bad action shots fool you….those are some real winners.

There’s always a party after the game.

This is where things get seedy.

TOASTED MAPLE SQUASH SEEDS

(recipe adapted from Oh She Glows)

Pumpkin or winter squash seeds

2 teaspoons maple syrup

salt, to taste

Separate seeds from flesh and rinse.

Place in a small pot and cover with water.

Boiling the seeds makes them easier to digest.

Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.

Strain seeds and then dry on paper towel.

Spread seeds out on a foil lined baking sheet.

Drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 325 degrees for 16-20 minutes, stirring half way through.

Turn off the heat but leave seeds in the oven for 5-10 minutes to crisp up.

Remove from oven and enjoy!

That was a fun game of squash.

It definitely pays to have a good roaster  roster.

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