Taking the easy way out: Chunks of sweet potato and butternut squash

14 Dec

Last week, I bought one of the biggest sweet potatoes known to mankind. A real show stopper. It barely fit in the shopping cart.

Proudly, I hauled it home, dreaming up the many pies I could make, the enormous pans of sweet potato casserole it would produce, a month’s worth of sweet potato stew and perhaps even a scarf or two I could knit from the sturdy scraps.

A week later, it sits on my counter, having taken on the personality of a stoic beast. What do you do with something that big?! It might take two hours to boil, three hours to bake, and if I put it in the microwave, it might explode.

And so, I left it sitting on the counter as I went for my next TJ’s trek.

I walked into the store and was mysteriously led to the vegetable aisle. Next to the green bags of lettuce, an orange glow emanated from what were to become my new best friends: Cut Sweet Potatoes and Cut Butternut Squash.

Butternut squash and sweet potatoes in manageable chunks

Bags of chunks: My new best friends

I now know how to deal with my current situation – cut the giant down to size. And I know what to do the next time I have visions of getting creative with squash and sweet potatoes.

What do you do with your butternut squash and sweet potatoes?

Thank you, Trader Joe’s, for shining the light on this situation.

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Related Links:

Butternut squash recipes – AllRecipes

Sweet potato recipes – Southern Living

Sweet potatoes with balsamic maple glaze – Cooking with TJ

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