it’s a pear squash, it’s a gourd, it’s chayote! (with a side of spinach salad)

12 Mar

These fist sized chayote veggies always make me smile in the supermarket….they remind me of grandpas with their dentures out.  My mom used to stir fry these with chicken and I always loved the way it sucked up the sauce and had a slightly sweet taste.

I bought a couple of them at T&T and kept them in the fridge for a few days.  They keep really well in the fridge, comparable to carrots which is why both these veggies are in this dish!

The boys aren’t provided a ton of veggies at work so I decided to make this recipe with a salad to compensate!

What you need!
2 chayote squash
2 big carrots
3 cloves of garlic
3 chicken breasts
half a package of spinach
a few ounces of goat cheese
1 slice of red onion
8 strawberries
half an ambrosia apple
Renee Poppyseed Onion dressing
3 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
olive oil

What to do!

1.  Peel your chayote squash.  You can actually eat the skin if you want to leave it on.  Cut it in half and remove the inner seed.  Chop it into slices.  Do the same for the carrots.  Mince the garlic and red onion.  Slice the strawberries and apple.

2.  Slice your chicken breasts into strips.

3.  In a large pan/wok on high heat, drizzle some olive oil and add the minced garlic.  When it turns slightly golden, add your chicken breasts.  Stir fry for a few minutes and add soy sauces.  Cook until there’s almost no pink.

4.  Add the carrots and stir fry for another few minutes

5.  Finally add the chayote squash.  A couple of things to note…the veggies will start releasing water which will actually help cook the whole shabang.  I cooked it for another 5-7 minutes until the carrots were tender but not mushy.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

6.  The salad side is just as easy to assemble.  Lay down your spinach and arrange the strawberries and apple slices.  Sprinkle the minced red onion and crumble the goat cheese on top.  Drizzle with the dressing of your choice.  Super easy peasey meal with lots of veggies for those days when you’re feeling blah…enjoy!


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