Monday, September 23, 2013

A Happy Dog and Butternut Squash Stew

Monday after work, Evie and I went on a long walk - 2 miles. That is long for her but I let her take us for the walk. We went up into North Berkeley then turned around and stopped in the park on the way home. We saw this hilarious statue up next to someone's house. Looks like a memorial statue of an owner and his dog. 

Evie needed a break after our walk so we just chilled in the grass for a little while. 

She is so happy. Look at that smile!!

We got home and she ran over to Erik, who had the hose, for a drink. What a nut!!


For dinner, we had a delicious dish. A "One Pot Wonder" as I like to call it. So good!

  • 1 1/2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded & chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (used chicken breast and shredded)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 can (14 oz) petite diced tomatoes (did not use & cut up a red pepper instead)
  • 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup pitted and quartered kalamata olives (did not use)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley (did not use)

  1. Steam the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside.
  2. Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Mash this squash with the back of a fork. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the chicken broth to a simmer.
  4. Add chicken thighs, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer the chicken thighs to a plate and allow to cool. Pour broth into a medium-sized bowl.
  6. Return the saucepan to the stovetop and lower heat to medium. Add olive oil.
  7. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to turn brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Add the salt, minced garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute.
  9. To the saucepan, add tomatoes, butternut squash pieces, mashed butternut squash. Stir to combine.
  10. Stir in reserved chicken broth and quinoa. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15 minutes.
  11. Shred the chicken with your fingers or a fork.
  12. Stir the chicken, olives and pepper into the stew and simmer, uncovered, to heat, about 5 minutes.
  13. Stir in parsley and serve.

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