Spicy Shrimp with Mashed Butternut Squash and Garlic Kale

Tender-sweet shrimp and garlicky kale over mashed squash. The most DELICIOUS fake-fancy weeknight/end dinner! This spicy / creamy / green combination is pretty dang delicious. 

They don’t have to be SPICY spicy – they could just be very well-seasoned. We like SPICY spicy, but feel free to use as much spices as you desire.

And that mashed squash? Easy, creamy, comforting, *mostly* healthy, and so, so good. Then you have those garlicky greens to go along with the whole dish. It is really the combo of all three that makes this a repeat-dinner-winner.

Ingredients for Shrimp:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb. shrimp, raw/tail on
  • a few good shakes of garlic salt, chili powder, cayenne, paprika, black pepper

For Shrimp:

  • In a medium skillet, add the oil over medium heat. Pat the shrimp dry. Add to the pan and sprinkle with seasonings to taste. Cook for just a few minutes until pink.

Garlicky Kale Recipe here.

For mashed butternut squash:

  • 2-lb. butternut squash; peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • butter
  • cayenne pepper for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400°. On a large baking sheet, toss butternut squash with oil and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Roast until squash is extremely tender, tossing halfway through, about 30 minutes.
  • Place squash and butter into the bowl and blend with a immersion blender until smooth. 
  • Serve with a pinch of cayenne pepper, if using. 

Enjoy – See you in the Kitchen!

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