Savory Beef and Butternut Squash; down the rabbit hole

I counted today…..

I’ve been avoiding doing that,

I still have 14 butternut squash, 3 big blue pumpkins, and 2 spaghetti squash in the cave.

People are starting to lock their doors when they see me. It’s worse than the zucchini plague of summer.

Please bear with me as we continue to eat through the harvest.

I also have 12 braids of onions and 7 of shallots.

I need to ask my French friend if the food bank will take some of it. Her husband works there. Great idea I should have thought of last month!

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Savory Beef and Butternut Squash

I have lots of butternut squash but you could easily substitute broccoli or carrots or even canned red beans for a quicker dinner.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Ground Beef
  • Method: Skillet


  • 12oz (360gr) ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 2 cups (10oz, 300gr) butternut squash, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup (about 12) Greek olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60gr) feta, crumbled
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp za’atar
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) beef stock
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (Maizena, corn flour) dissolved in 2 tbs water
  • Brown Rice:
  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) quick-cooking brown rice
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) beef stock


  • Brown Rice:
  • Cook rice according to package instructions.
  • Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet.
  • Add onions, peppers, celery to skillet and sauté 5 minutes.
  • Add beef, garlic, and sauté 5 minutes longer, breaking the beef up as it browns.
  • Add paprika, cumin and sauté briefly.
  • Add beef stock, squash, za’atar, cover and simmer 15 minutes, until squash is tender.
  • Add cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir in feta and olives.
  • Serve over rice.


My brown rice is brown Basmati and cooks in about 17 minutes, Use whatever rice you like. Za’atar is a blend of thyme, marjoram, oregano and sesame seeds, Substitute marjoram.

Keywords: ground beef, butternut squash, skillet dinner

Beef & Butternut Squash

I have gone down the rabbit hole yet again.

This is either the 5th or 50th time I’ve done it since we got our smart tv.

I won’t go into details…. I’m trying to do something, I think I know how, and 4 hours later I have nothing. This time I actually had to unplug the tv to get it working again.

When I screw things up I try to do it bigly (did I spell that right?)

But I think I’ve figured it out…..

Be right back.

6 thoughts on “Savory Beef and Butternut Squash; down the rabbit hole”

  1. My husband dropped a BIG notebook on the remote and suddenly every action we took on the TV was spoken out, very very fast. Took me 20 minutes (once I got the remote away from him) to figure out how to shut it up.

    While searching thru the settings, I found many “reset defaults” for almost every setting. Maybe that will help you next time you decide to “play” with the TV!

    • That is exactly my problem… I do things, undo things and change things without paying close attention as to HOW I’m doing it…. then can’t repeat it lol I hate it when stuff starts talking to me.

  2. Maybe the food bank would like a couple of those squash too? 😉

    I am the ‘techno wiz’ for the family. There’s very little I can’t work through except getting wifi to our barn 200 feet from the house. I’ve been working on it for weeks. Programming the TV was a piece of cake! I will conquer this however. I refuse to give up.

    Good luck with the TV!

    • Most people would get a smart tv (or anything) and think – wow, look at all it can do! I think… Hmmmm if it can do A and B I bet I can make it do C, too so I spend my time trying to get it to do stuff it wasn’t designed to do. Sometimes, I succeed.Good luck with the WiFi lok

  3. I know from volunteering at my local food bank that fresh veg like pumpkins and winter squash are fairly hard to get rid of. It’s a problem because you can’t force them on recipients, but the food bank can’t be seen to throw food out.

  4. The other solution is to find someone with chickens…. Or just resign myself to putting them in my own compost. The French are slowly coming around to eating winter squash, but 10 years ago they were still considered pig food

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