How to Avoid Grazing & Other Gastric Disorders: A Hearty Lunch of Butternut Squash Fried Brown Rice

Enjoy a fiberful, nutrient-dense lunch to avoid the ghastly 4 o’clock munchies. Remember, those fistfuls of food you fitfully consume late-afternoon will, coincidentally, prevent you from fully enjoying a large dinner (admittedly, the highlight of my day.)

This little bowl is an amalgamation of my refrigerator this Friday afternoon, when I found myself ravenous and dismayed at the sight of a near-empty fridge. These sorts of predicaments are the only time when I relinquish my recipe addiction and cook without a recipe. Sometimes, being trapped in the apartment all day with work breeds culinary creativity!

Butternut Squash Fried Brown Rice
Serves 1

sesame oil
2 eggs
freshly ground black pepper
a knob of ginger, grated
2 green onions, chopped, white and green parts kept separate
1 cup coarsely grated butternut squash
fine-grain sea salt
1 cup cooked brown rice
low-sodium soy sauce, to taste
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

1.) In a medium-sized nonstick skillet, heat a glug of oil, enough to coat the pan, over medium heat. Add eggs, add a few grinds of pepper, and allow the bottom of the eggs to set. Then, break them up and cook until almost cooked through; 2-3 minutes or so. Remove eggs to a plate and wipe the pan clean.

2.) Heat another glug of oil over medium heat. Add ginger, white parts of the onions, butternut squash, and a sprinkling of salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until squash is cooked through. Add rice and egg and cook until heated through; 1 minutes. Season to taste with soy sauce. Remove to serving bowl and garnish with sesame seeds and the green parts of the onions.


3 responses to “How to Avoid Grazing & Other Gastric Disorders: A Hearty Lunch of Butternut Squash Fried Brown Rice

  1. That sounds great! The only thing I have ever made with butternut squash is a curried soup and a very delicate cornbread. I just pureed and froze my entire butternut squash stash. I might have to get some more.

    Thanks for the idea.


  2. Brendan Heinichen

    Very tasty! I never would have thought of putting butternut squash in fried rice but it worked really well. Thanks for the great recipe! 🙂

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