I just love me some homecooked comfort food. That being said, yes, I am sad that I can not have real mashed potatoes (nightshades make every joint in my body very stiff and painful 😕), but I am ok with settling for puréed butternut squash.
This entire meal is as simple as it gets, too. Just slap some ghee, salt and pepper on some organic bone-in chicken pieces then throw them in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes. I like to use a cast iron skillet – because they just plain make things taste good, and word on the street is the extra iron is good for you.
While those guys are roasting away, prep your butternut squash (I used half of a medium sized) by peeling, scooping out the pith (if you are using the round bottom half), then cut into cubes.
Now, while the chicken is still roasting and the squash is cooking, throw some frozen peas in a pot with enough water to cover them, then boil those until they are to your liking. I like mine to be soft, but not lose their bright green color.
When the chicken is done, pull the pan out of the oven, the. Remove the chicken to another plate to sit a while, then put the pan with drippings on the stove top on medium low heat to simmer, you’re going to make gravy in a bit.
Take your softened squash and drain any excess fluid. Throw it in a food processor with a bit of ghee and sea salt to taste. If you don’t have a food processor, get one. I use mine every single day. In the meantime, mash with a potato masher or blend with a hand mixer in a bowl.
Drain the sweet peas and add a touch of sea salt.
Now, the gravy.
1Tbsp Arrowroot powder
2-3 tbsp water
Bit of almond milk
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Dilute the Arrowroot powder with water, then pour the mixture into the simmering chicken drippings. Start whisking away with a whisk.
Once the mixture thickens and becomes paste-like, pour tiny bits of almond milk in at a time, while you continuously whisk, until the paste loosens into the thickness and consistency you desire in a gravy. Salt and pepper to taste, and now you are ready to pour it into a gravy boat and present your beautiful, homecooked, delicious meal.
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