Runner-friendly recipe: Butternut squash quesadilla

Regular readers of this blog know I’m a bit obsessed with butternut squash, and won’t be surprised to see yet another recipe using the delicious orange wonder-food.

It’s also yet another recipe offered as a sneaky way to get kids to eat vegetables (see Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese from last week). Jessica Seinfeld, who wrote a book on the topic, offers her version of the butternut squash quesadilla here. Kid-friendly basically just means it’s a really delicious use for vegetables, right?

Yes, I ate a piece before photographing it. Don't judge.

My version is so simple, I’m not even going to offer formal directions (i.e., “Heat a frying pan …”). You know how to make a quesadilla. So do that, but just add half a cup of pureed butternut squash to the cheese before you place it on a tortilla. If you want to jazz it up, add onion, garlic and chili powders, cumin and coriander to taste.

In other runner-friendly recipe news,, a guide to online master’s degrees in health care (I know … who knew?) has compiled a terrific list of 100 runner-friendly recipes in its blog. It includes some from Runner’s World, others from blogs I frequent, and others still from blogs I don’t yet frequent—but I will. I’m excited to try this recipe for homemade multigrain energy bars, among others on the list.

Find any great runner-friendly recipes lately? If so, please share them by posting a comment!


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2 responses to “Runner-friendly recipe: Butternut squash quesadilla

  1. LOVE butternut squash. Can’t wait to put it in a quesadilla, thanks for this concept. I wouldn’t have thought of pureeing it. Have you also tried roasting small pieces til tender and using those? Of course, not many of those piecesare around for long after I pluck them from the baking sheet . . .

  2. Thanks for the yummy recipe. I’m ashamed to confess I have never had butternut squash, but your recipe sure makes it sound delicious 🙂 I will def. try it out sometime soon.

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