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Roasted Butternut Squash, Tofu, and Green Beans w/ Basil and Cashews

Recently, I went serial grocery shopping. What's that, you ask? Well, I basically walked up into the grocery store, grabbed a cart, and put everything I saw in there. I spent three times more than I normally do and as I've mentioned before I'm pretty cheap; however I don't think I've mentioned just how much more of a cheapskate BandMan is: he wasn't the happiest about the actual amount of dollars spent at the store. I believe he referred to it as "revenge shopping."

In order to keep the peace, I've been making a lot of his favorite dishes. Dishes I've already blogged about which is why my posts have been suffering, or lacking. Whatever. Now that things are all smoothed over, I'm back to creating new dishes.

Reality: Yes, I spent way more than usual on groceries this week. No, I don't have to hide, explain, or justify in purchases to BandMan. Yes, he did jokingly ask if I was mad at him and was letting him know by "revenge shopping." The purpose of my falsehoods was a sad and most likely unsuccessful attempt to entertain you. 

1lb butternut squash, cubed
1 package extra firm tofu, cubed
1lb green beans, topped and tailed
1/4 c fresh chopped basil
1/3 c chopped raw cashews
2 tbsp olive oil + 2 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste
cayenne, to taste
  1. Preheat dat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Toss your squash with 2 tbsp olive oil and give her a little sprinkle of salt and cayenne pepper.   Cook that shit for about 30 minutes (obviously on some sort of cookie sheet or baking dish).
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the green beans for about 5 minutes. As soon as your timer goes off, run some super cold water over top so they stop cooking (this is called blanching). When they've cooled all the way down, halve them.
  4. Heat the rest of the oil in the same big pot you just used for the beans. When it's smoking hot (literally) add in the cubed tofu. Get it all brown. 
  5. Your timer for the squash, should have gone off by now. At this point, all you need to do is throw in the green beans (just add them to the same butternut squash pan) and also throw in your cashews so they can get nice a toasty. 
  6. As soon as everything is to your level of happy, toss it all together and serve it on a bed of wild rice. 
  7. Simple. Healthy. Delicious.  


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