Sunday, June 15, 2014

Butternut Squash and Avocado Towers! GF, V, SCD, BED & Paleo!

Hey Happy Tummies!

How was everyone's weekend?

It's going to be a great week here in NY. Lots of auditions. Lots of fun things planned with friends!

Tonight for dinner, I made a tasty treat...Butternut Squash and Avocado Stacks w/ Sauteed Cabbage!

Wow...this was so. good!

I am a firm believer that avocado makes everything better:) And that includes butternut squash!

This beautiful dish is Gluten Free, Vegan, Specific Carb Diet and Body Ecology Diet friendly, and Paleo!

Here's what you need: (Serves one)

1/2 small butternut squash, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
1 avocado, mashed
1/4 cabbage, chopped

1/2 tsp dried basil, divided
1/2 tsp dried oregano, divided
salt, pepper, EVOO

Carefully peel your butternut squash. I find the easiest way to do that is to slice off the top and the base. Then, cut it in half (like the equator) where the skinny part meets the larger bottom with the seeds. Then, stand it up on the flat surface you just created, and carefully peel the skin with a sharp knife.

Then, cut 1/4 inch rounds. Next, in your largest non-stick skillet, place 2 tsps EVOO. Place your butternut squash in a single layer and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp of your dried herbs. Also sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let them cook, untouched for 6 minutes per side, until golden brown and caramelized.

Meanwhile, chop your cabbage, and mash your avocado with salt.

When your butternut squash is finished cooking, remove from the pan and set aside. Place another tsp EVOO into the pan, and add your cabbage to the pan, along with the remaining dried herbs. Saute the cabbage until it begins to wilt -- about 3 minutes.

To plate, alternate between butternut squash rounds, 2 Tbsp mashed avocado, and a small bit of cabbage. Serve over a bed of baby greens, if desired.

This was really delicious. Avocado and butternut squash are not ingredients that I typically think of going together -- especially when you throw cabbage into the mix! But let me tell you, they play together beautifully!

The butternut squash is super sweet, since it's been caramelized. It's chewy and a little sticky. It is complemented by the creamy and buttery avocado, and accented by the savory and crunchy cabbage!

The oregano and basil give this dish a wonderful warmth and herby note that heightens the savory elements of the dish.

And it's truly beautiful -- the orange and green jump off the plate! It looks like a regal dish with the height of the tower and the golden brown caramelization of the butternut squash.

I dare you to try it! :D

Until next time!


  1. Yeah...really gorgeous...but I wont be taking that dare....

    1. haha thanks Shen! :) glad you stopped by! have a great night

  2. This looks amazing Caralyn! I agree, avocado does make everything better :)

    1. Thanks Sarah! :) Yeah seriously what would life be like without avocados? hahah thanks for stopping by! enjoy your evening!

  3. What an impressive and enticing tower of goodies! Love the creative presentation almost as much as the delicious flavors. :)

    1. Haha thank you so much Hannah! Yeah this was a fun recipe to photograph...the colors really jumped off the plate! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great afternoon!

  4. When I come to your blog, I look at the title, respectfully read the first paragraph and then can hardly wait to see the photos. You have such an ability to turn dishes into beautiful art.

    1. Haha thank you so much! That's so sweet :) so glad you stopped by! Have a great weekend!


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