Chayote Squash Patties Quick And Easy Recipe

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Vegetarian Burgers – Chayote Squash Patties

A Quick and Easy 15-Minute Recipe

 

A chayote squash has a pear-like shape feature and is pale lime green in color.

Chayote squash is uniquely known for its pear-like shape and pale lime green color. Because almost every part of the chayote squash is edible, it’s a very useful fruit in culinary. From its fruit to its tendril and flowers and even its roots, they are all edible. Its core has small seeds and are also edible but usually discarded. Its taste is merely dull allowing it to be a carrier sponge for other ingredients’ flavor.

 

Some chayote leaves that are fresh can also be eaten.

Although the chayote squash is dull in taste, it has some nutritional values such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, and folate. It also has dietary fiber, which is very high in potassium and very low in sodium. This combination is ideal for maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Chayote squash is also used for medicinal purposes such as the treatment of vascular diseases and kidney stones. Because of the nutritional values, chayote squash can give, other countries have conducted a research on chayote squash as part of an alternative feeding in some countries such as Mexico. There have been studies about other nutritional values of a chayote squash.

 

Chayote squash patty is a cheaper alternative for expensive vegan burgers.

 

Growing a Chayote Squash

The chayote squash is available all throughout the year. Fall is the peak season for harvest. If you plan to grow a chayote squash in your yard, you may start planting the whole fruit 3 to 4 weeks after the last average frost date in spring. You may do this when the weather has warmed. It is best to grow a chayote squash in summer when the weather varies from very warm to hot. It is best to plant it in tropical or subtropical regions. Chayote squash may require 120 to 150 frost-free days before you can harvest them.

When watering chayote squash, just give it even, regular water and make sure that you don’t let the soil dry out. Adding aged compost to the planting bed before planting the chayote squash may also help grow healthy plants. Although gardening may seem easy to do, the process is a little bit tricky. With this, you might need several tools and gadget to achieve a healthy garden successfully. One of these tools is the digital PH meters to test the acidity of the soil or water that you use in your garden

 

You can also make vegetable fritters from chayote squash.

Different Applications with Chayote Squash

There are a lot of ways on how to cook chayote squash. It may be eaten raw or cooked. If a chayote squash is not yet matured or is young, you may slice or shred it in salads. You may also serve it with other ingredients like cabbage, citrus, and fresh herbs for a healthier dish. It may also be pickled and preserved. Others way to serve chayote squash is a grill, stir-fry, boil, steam, and bake.

Moreover, a ripe chayote squash can be boiled, mashed, roasted, and served just like how you serve potatoes. You can also peel and slice the chayote squash and add it to soups, stews, curries, and casseroles. However, in this section, we will share how to make a patty from chayote squash. Patty is a favorite kid’s choice of food. This recipe is indeed a creative way to incorporate vegetables into your child’s favorite dish.

Chayote squash can be sliced and shredded into a salad

 

How To Make a Patty From Chayote Squash

Do you want to know how to make a patty from a chayote squash? Here’s an easy and fun recipe for you to try! To start with, you will need the following.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • ½ pound Portobello mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • ½ tablespoon fresh ginger root (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or canned (drained)
  • 1 cup chayote squash (peeled and cubed)
  • ½ chopped almonds (toasted)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup black beans (cooked)
  • 1 ½ cups cornflake crumbs
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground pepper (to taste)

Chayote is packed with nutrients that are good for the body.

How to cook it:

  1. Put olive oil in a large sauté pan and wait until it becomes hot.
  2. Add the onion and stir to coat it with oil.
  3. Sauté the onion with medium heat fire for 4 to 5 minutes until softened.
  4. Add the mushrooms and cook over high heat until it becomes brownish in color and the juice is released from the mushrooms.
  5. Lower the heat to medium fire and add ginger root, corn, chayote squash and sauté them for 4 minutes.
  6. Add the vegetable mixture and the rest of the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until the mixture looks like chopped meat.
  7. Form the mixture into patties and place them on a grill until the color turns brown. You may also place them under a broiler.
  8. Serve with grilled onions and tomatoes.

Chayote Squash Patties Printable Recipe:

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Chayote Squash Patties
 
Learn how to use chayote squash and get an easy 15-minute recipe for chayote patties - perfect vegetarian burgers. A nutritious vegan option.
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Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • ½ pound Portobello mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • ½ tablespoon fresh ginger root (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or canned (drained)
  • 1 cup chayote squash (peeled and cubed)
  • ½ chopped almonds (toasted)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup black beans (cooked)
  • 1 ½ cups cornflake crumbs
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground pepper (to taste)
Directions:
  1. Put olive oil in a large sauté pan and wait until it becomes hot.
  2. Add the onion and stir to coat it with oil.
  3. Sauté the onion with medium heat fire for 4 to 5 minutes until softened.
  4. Add the mushrooms and cook over high heat until it becomes brownish in color and the juice is released from the mushrooms.
  5. Lower the heat to medium fire and add ginger root, corn, chayote squash and sauté them for 4 minutes.
  6. Add the vegetable mixture and the rest of the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until the mixture looks like chopped meat.
  7. Form the mixture into patties and place them on a grill until the color turns brown. You may also place them under a broiler.
  8. Serve with grilled onions and tomatoes.
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Now you know how to make a patty from chayote squash, you can now enjoy a healthy and delicious meal you can eat for breakfast, lunch, or supper. Don’t forget to share it with your friends!

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5 Tips To Growing Gourds In Your Garden

Celebrate Fall in your garden! Here are 5 great tips to growing gourds in your garden, brought to us by regular contributor, Megan Wild.

 

Growing Gourds – Celebrate Fall In Your Garden

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Tips for Growing Gourds

You’ve probably started seeing them in fall décor, and in the spring you might have seen them put out for birds to nest in. You don’t need to shell out money for these decorative staples: Did you know you can grow your own ornamental gourds as a fun project with your children, or just to have a surplus for decorating next season? While they have a long growing period before the gourds can be harvested, they are very easy to start from seeds.

Here’s how you can grow your own gourds and enjoy them from season to season.

Getting to Know Your Gourds

Gourds are a vining fruit that actually includes watermelons, pumpkins, squash, melons and cucumbers. There are three basic types of gourds that are grown for decoration or for crafts and utensils.

  1. Vegetable sponge gourds (luffa) have an exterior shell that is removed after they are harvested. It is the center of the gourd that is used as a sponge. Once dried, the luffa sponge can be used as an exfoliating scrub when bathing. If you make your own soap, you can also slice a luffa and pour your homemade soap over it in a mold to make an exfoliating bar.
  1. Ornamental gourds are typically the ones used in decorating. They can be unusually shaped and brightly colored. Small ornamental gourds can be dried and preserved, but large ornamental gourds will not be suitable for drying.
  1. Utilitarian gourds will be green while they grow, but will dry to a brown color with a tough shell. These can be used for bird houses, crafts and if left to grow on the ground with a flat side, can also be cut in half to use for bowls.

Constructing Your Garden

Since gourds are big sun lovers, you should select an area in your yard that gets full sun with well-drained soil. You may also want to enrich the soil with compost or organic material. If you intend to use your gourds for decoration, you should construct a trellis that will support your growing gourds, unless you are planning to grow utilitarian gourds for bowls.

Preparing the Seeds

Gourd seeds can have a hard outer shell, which can cause them to take an extra-long time to germinate. To help speed up the process, you can scarify them by roughing up the surface with sandpaper or a nail file. You will need to gently rough up both sides of the seed. After you have done that, soak them in a bowl of lukewarm water for 24 hours, and then let them completely dry so they won’t rot before they sprout.

Caring for Your Plants

If you have a long winter, you can start your seeds indoors. Be sure to wait until all danger of frost is gone before planting them in your garden. Since gourds are a vine, they will need plenty of room in the garden if you will be letting them grow on the ground. If you will be using a trellis, make sure it will support the weight of your growing crop.

While they can be resistant to pests and disease, they don’t like weeds, so be sure to weed your garden regularly. If you are growing in a climate that tends to be extremely hot and dry, you will want to make sure your gourds get plenty of TLC and water.

Gathering Your Harvest

If you plan on drying, or curing, your gourds, you should start by leaving them on the vine as long as possible. Check them every few days to make sure they haven’t started to rot or have become a snack for wildlife. A good indication that your gourd is ready to cut is when the vine has turned brown. Curing gourds can take a while, so be patient and don’t try to rush them. You may want to plan on using your dried gourds the year following the harvest to give them sufficient time to dry.

If you are growing gourds for decoration, don’t seal them with any kind of varnish or shellac, since that will seal in moisture and cause them to rot. If you want them to appear polished, you can use a liquid floor wax instead.

Growing gourds for decoration and crafting can become a fun hobby for novice gardeners, bird lovers and children. It can also become a lucrative business depending on your creative skills and imagination. With so many different uses for gourds, as well as their various colors and sizes, the only limit to what you can make with them is what you don’t think of.

 

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