Calabaza is the Spanish name used in the Caribbean for hard squashes. The nutritional value of this veggie is off the hook. Not only that, you can use it mashed instead of potatoes or as a stand-alone side veggie, you can boil it or oven roast it with my basting oil or olive oil. Furthermore, you can add it to stews and soups instead of potatoes and it will enhance the flavors and texture. Time to go to the grocery store to get some serious CALABAZA!
Category: Side dish
Approximate Prep and Cooking Time: About 25 to 30 minutes
Approximate Cost: $ 1.38 or .69 cents per serving
Allergens, etc.: Gluten Free and vegetarian
Difficulty Level: X Easy ____ Intermediate ____ Advanced
Servings: 2 +
2 lb. squash pumpkin (at .69 cents per lb.
Boiling water (0)
Carefully, remove both ends if it is a whole pumpkin, cut it in half, remove the seeds and the fibrous fibers completely.
Carefully, peel the pumpkin with a sturdy knife, since the skin is real tough. (You can remove the peel after you cook it if you prefer, its easier.)
Cut it in 1” cubes.
Bring water to a boil, add the pumpkin cubes and cook like you would potatoes, however, until tender. Drain when tender, ready to serve. You can drizzle my basting oil or olive oil as needed now.
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