Friday Flashback: Winter Squash Riso-faux

by Sarah on October 12, 2012 · 13 comments

Remember when I used to sing?

the hills were alive with the sound of MY music

It’s not really a secret that if I could be a Broadway singer, I would be. Perhaps this is why I write songs about everything from how to make a prediction to the five kingdoms of life for my fifth graders, and actually make up tunes and sing–with dramatic hand gestures–the songs in Roald Dahl books I read to my first graders.

I guess it’s only natural that I would write songs about food on my blog.*

*No, there is no collection of them anywhere. That would be fun. But I’m lazy.With all the thrilling talk of grains this week,  you may have skimmed over the picture of my Winter Squash Riso-faux, but I didn’t miss it.*

*Obviously. Because I wrote the post.

For this Friday Flashback, I’m giving you jazzed-up photographs with the original post.

And the song about buttercup squash that went with it. :)


For full enjoyment of this post, please listen to this.

And get your backup singers and jazz hands ready.


[Cue:Intro Music]

Why do you build me up?Buttercup, baby…Just to let me down(Let me down)And make a mess all around?And then worst of all

(Worst of all)Y’ don’t taste like peanut butter like they say you will

(Say you will)But I love you still!I need you

(I need you)

More than any squash, babyI wish you’d drive my Mario Kart…

I blew you up

(Blew you up)ButtercupAnd then I broke you apart…[Cue: Applause]


So what to do with all of that incredibly sweet and delicious buttercup squash? Well, since my plans of stuffing it were foiled by it blowing up in my oven [I really need to stop doing that…] I decided to make risotto!OK, we should probably call it riso-faux, because I don’t actually use rice when I make it. Why deal with rice that I have inexplicable difficulties cooking every time I try (except for the time I made paella…that was awesome) when I can substitute with something that is 100 times easier to make into creamy goodness, without the constant stirring or the potential for permanent crunch?*

*What happened the time I tried to make brown rice risotto three years ago. I’ve never tried again.

My secret riso-faux weapon? Bulgur![You can also call this whole grain bulghur, which, ironically*, I don’t prefer, despite my insistence that Sarah is spelled incorrectly without the h.]

*Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think? [Or is it? I can never tell when true irony has occurred.]

Instead of wine, I simply put 1 cup of vegetable broth in a saute pan with an additional 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup dry bulgur. [Also a dash of salt and a generous sprinkling of dried thyme.]Once it started to thicken up, and the liquid was almost all absorbed, I threw in some dried cranberries.

Why, you ask?

Well….why not?

I had some kale in the fridge, so I went ahead and finely chopped up a cup of that, which I stirred in along with 1 cup of mashed buttercup squash.


Editor’s Note(s): This is where in the original post I added a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt. But this is the Vegan Month of Food, so I’m suggesting silken tofu or soy yogurt instead.


Sorry that I don’ have pictures of the process…but I have pictures of the AMAZING result! So beautiful…and so richly decadent. You definitely can’t tell there isn’t any cream or cheese in there.

 I let no morsel escape.

Seriously. Make this. You can use any type of squash, really…I bet acorn or butternut would be yumtastic…or pumpkin! [I think I might go with sweet potato next…]

Winter Squash Bulgur Riso-faux

(Serves 2)

  • 1/2 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2-3 Tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 1 cup roasted, mashed winter squash
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. silken tofu, soy yogurt, or vegan sour cream
  • dried tyme, salt, pepper (to taste)
  1. In a saute pan, combine bulgur, broth, and water. Add thyme, salt, and pepper to taste.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, or until most liquid has been absored.
  3. Stir in dried cranberries.
  4. Simmer 2-3 more minutes.
  5. Stir in mashed buttercup squash and kale. Remove from heat, but keep stirring to wilt kale.
  6. Just prior to serving, stir in tofu or yogurt.
  7. Garnish with finely diced kale or fresh thyme springs.
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

lindsay October 12, 2012 at 7:17 am

oh i want to dig my hands (yes hands) into that dish and just eat it all up! Think quinoa would work too?


Sarah October 12, 2012 at 7:40 am

I think quinoa would work…especially since I just showed how to make it super creamy on its own. I also want to try it with oats!


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

I love this so hard right now. I like the song, the name, and of course, the recipe – or at least I think I do. I’ll have to make it soon to find out. I’m excited to give this a try!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 12, 2012 at 8:48 am

I could 100% see you as a Broadway singer. Or on tour with Elton John.

I’ve done bulgur “risotto” before… but that tofu idea in it is genius. Cheat day meal!!!


Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

yum. yum, yum yum! that’s all I’ve got. Well, that and I’m coming over for dinner! 😉


Heather @ Better With Veggies October 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

Um…can you ship me some of this? It looks fantastic!!!


Allie October 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

Great, now I have to explain to my coworkers about why I’m bopping around at my desk with my headphones in…But ever MORE importantly–WHERE does one find a shiny bell-bottom pantsuit like that? My wardrobe would be complete.

Oh, wait, this was a post about food, not awesome fashion. Is there really a squash that’s theoretically supposed to taste like peanut butter? Cute little squash, I’m sure I’d love it. Because it’s a squash. That looks like Toad.


Michelle @ Eat Move Balance October 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I love all things winter squash! I want to try this recipe . . . do you think greek yogurt can be used instead of the vegan sour cream (I know it won’t be vegan, and I’m okay with that)? :)


Sarah October 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Yep! The original recipe calls for Greek yogurt. Since it is the Vegan Mo Fo, I had to take that out of it this time. :)


Alison October 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Love the song rendition!! This looks so yummy!


Brittany @ Delights and Delectables October 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

mmm.. I wanna eat this up! I’m going to try this with rice!


Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli October 25, 2012 at 4:14 am

Omg, I remember this! I think you’ve linked back to it before, but STILL just as hilarious as the first time…especially the Mario line! Lol

I LOVE risotto…I HATE making it! I’ve only done it once and just didn’t feel like mine came out mind blowing enough to justify the muscle cramps in my right arm! Seriously…like tennis elbow…risotto elbow? 😉 I love all the ideas you have for the different squashes and grains too! I bet it would even work with canned pumpkin for all us lazy people too! Haha!


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