Has anyone else come across this odd looking squash in the veggie aisle? I'd seen it a couple of times while picking up my usual suspects (broccoli, kale, green beans and asparagus). The chayote squash is an edible plant belonging to the gourd, melon, cucumber and squash families. To me it looks like a prickly pear and definitely has a sweet squash like taste.
I decided to pick a few up and give this vegetable a try. I wanted to keep it simple for my first attempt, so I opted to sauté the squash with a few other ingredients. To start, I rinsed off the the squash then sliced it in half. When you cut it open you will notice a small seed like pocket. I chose to cut around the center and discarded those pieces. Next, I chopped the slices into small block pieces and set it aside.
To add flavor to the squash I chopped half an onion, diced a handful of mushrooms, included a touch of minced garlic and sprinkled a pinch of salt and pepper.
When all my prep work was done I swiveled some olive oil around in a hot skillet and added the squash, onion, mushroom, garlic and salt and pepper to the pan.
I let this cook for about 20 minutes making sure to stir the ingredients every few minutes to avoid burning. After 20 minutes the squash should be soft to bite into. I recommend trying a few pieces before serving.
Shannon McAlister | Educator, wifey and conscious mama who is practicing mindful living + appreciating the everyday magic!