Sunday, March 20, 2016

Asparagus With Butternut Squash Puree and Gardein's Crabless Cakes

Lady Persephone has sprung a pretty plated meal.
Happy Spring Equinox. Philadelphia weather isn't feeling spirit of the warm sun and blooming flowers concept yet. With gray sky and slight chill this afternoon, it's muted autumn territory. 
Originally asparagus, being a dark, intense shade of grass green and all, was conceived for St. Patrick's Day. Life has been busily chaotic with grad school at its near bittersweet end. Thesis paper, painting preparation, and obsessive search for summer plans have taken bulk of my mind and body activity.
Still, an asparagus meal, perfect fit for special occasion, especially with a dollop of butternut squash puree and crispy gardein Crabless Cakes, evokes spring promise.
For added color, perhaps a vibrant pop of red and sweetness, I would suggest plump cherry tomatoes atop of the butternut squash puree.

An A+ effort for gardein's Mini Crispy Crabless Cakes. Pan seared in a bit of olive oil, these delicate crunchy patties were a superb complement to steamed asparagus and butternut puree. I have never had a real crab cake and can only vouch for the flavor and texture of this particular creation-- that of which I immensely feel in love. To let fork pierce into crisply succulent cake is a heavenly experience second to devouring its savory taste. It's a plus that there requires no pre-microwave. Just heat up olive oil and sear each side for 6 minutes.
Asparagus With Butternut Squash Puree Ingredients and Preparation

1/2 cup butternut squash, cut and cubed
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon salt

Bring butternut squash to a boil.
Drain some not all of water.
In a blender or food processor, combine butternut squash with nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Pulse well.

After boiling asparagus (or steaming), drain and plate.
Pour butternut squash puree over top. Serve with hot gardein's Crabless cakes.

Golden yellow butternut squash puree layering dark green asparagus.
Simple fancy feast.

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