Squash is a staple of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, but I have to admit, I don’t love it. When I first started SCD, I ate it quite often because I didn’t know a lot of things to make and I wanted to bulk up my meals a little.
As I started to come up with new ideas and come up with my own recipes, I stopped eating as much squash. However, I do think it’s a good healthy food that has a lot of verstality I haven’t fully explored.
Right now, we’re in a stay-at-home phase due to the Covid-19 pandemic and that means a lot more cooking with whatever is available in the fridge, freezer, or pantry. In this case I had a bag of riced buttern\ut squash sitting unopened in my freezer.
I tossed in the microwave, decided against having it with the meal I was making that night (mexican casserole) and put the now cooked squash in the fridge. I knew I needed to use it up – no food wasted is the current motto of the day, so I came up with the idea of turning into tots.
I turned out to be a great idea because these are tasty and make a great side dish. These are baked so they are very healthy and low in fat. They’re a great lower-carb alternative to potatoes – which we can’t have anyway.
SCD Butternut Squash Tots
- 1 10 oz bag riced butternut squash You can rice your own – should be about 1 ½ cups riced, or diced very small, squash
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp coconut flour (or SCD breadcrumbs)
- 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 clove minced garlic
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
Heat oven to 375°F
Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon liner
Cook squash until it is just tender – if using microwave, cook for a minute under instructions on bag
Allow squash to cool down a bit and then place it in a mesh bag, or use a clean dish towel, and squeeze out as much water as you can. There should be about a cup a squash aftrer squeezing
Place squeeed, cooked squash in medium mixing bowl
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly
Scoop mixture by tablespoon onto lined baking sheet and form into a tot shape
Bake for 30 minutes, turnig tots over half way through cooking
If you want to crisp them a little more after baking, place under broiler for 3 – 4 minutes or toast in a toaster oven or air fryer for 3 – 4 minutes