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Butternut Squash with Chestnuts and Herb Sauce
©2014 Paulding & Company -- full catering kitchen based in San Francisco. Reprinted with permission.

This month's recipe is a tasty and healthful side dish packed with tons of flavor. The peeled chestnuts used here are available at specialty stores. But if you buy
fresh whole chestnuts, cut an X in one side and roast for about 15 minutes, until tender and skins have peeled back. Peel while piping hot (they are harder to peel when cooled).

1 large butternut squash, about 3 lbs.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 jar peeled chestnuts (8-10 oz.)
salt & freshly ground pepper

1/8 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
1/8 cup coarsely chopped parsley
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt to taste
1-2 tablespoons squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 350°F. Top and tail the squash, halve it crosswise, put each piece flat-side down on the cutting board, and peel with a knife. Remove the seeds, then cut it into 1-inch cubes. Place in a large bowl, toss with the 2 tablespoons olive oil and season lightly with salt & freshly ground pepper. Spread on a parchment paper-covered sheet pan. Roast 20 minutes, until the squash is tender and starting to brown. Add the chestnuts, and roast an additional 5 minutes to warm them.

While the squash roasts, make the sauce by combining the ingredients in a food processor or suitable blender (start with the smaller amount of lemon juice, and
half a teaspoon of salt; you can always add more). Pulse to puree to a saucy consistency.

Toss the squash with the sauce as soon as it comes from the oven. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature as you wish. (Serves 12)

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Feb. 21, VSEP Dinner with Erica Meier, El Paso, Texas
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Quote of the Month
"Eating a plant-based diet will end heart disease. If you eat to save your heart, you can cut health care costs and save yourself from other diseases of nutritional extravagance: strokes, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, adult-onset diabetes, and cancer."
Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr, surgeon and former Olympic rowing champion, 21-Day Vegan Kickstart