• Tamsyn Wood

Butternut squash roasted and stuffed beyond recognition with all kinds…

Updated: Dec 3, 2018


…sounds good doesn’t it?!


Ingredients

1 medium butternut squash, halved and deseeded

1 onion. chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/4 cup pecans, chopped and lightly roasted

1 tsp onion powder

2 tbsp rosemary

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

pinch cayenne pepper

juice 1 lemon

2 cups kale, stalks removed, blitz in food processor

1 punnet mushrooms, blitzed in food processor

salt and pepper

oil for cooking

method

Roast the butternut squash in the oven in some olive/coconut oil and seasoning, till golden brown

Meanwhile, fry off onions and garlic, mushrooms and herbs until slightly golden

Heat some oil in a pan then place the kale into it, stir frequently and cook till golden and crispy, set to one side

When the butternut squash is cooked, scoop out the inside, place the skins back in the over for about 5 minutes or so till crispy

Whilst this is cooking, fry off the inside of the butternut squash till it turns slightly golden and add it to the mushroom and onion mix, adjust herbs and seasoning according to taste

Remove the Butternut squash skins from the oven, add the butternut squash mix into the skins, top with the crispy kale, roasted pecans, pomegranate and squeeze some lemon juice over the top to serve. (My photo is sadly lacking in pomegranate and pecans as I had run out when I made this!).

The health benefits bit…

So, why eat butternut squash?? Apart from the obvious answer, because it’s a massive orange vegetable that looks like a large nut of butter? No, no it doesn’t, I can go nowhere with this…

It is orange though, and do you know where vegetables get their orange from? From Beta carotene, and that is something worth consuming… It is a super great nutrient, packed with vitamin A, which is fabulous for the skin, eyes and general health. In fact, just one cup of butternut squash contains 457% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). It is also a good source of fiber, potassium and magnesium.

It is a cold time of year now that Autumn is almost on its way out, so as Winter draws nigh (great word that) in, we need to make sure we are looking after our (pasty 📷 ) skin… nourish it to the max by consuming orange vegetables like butternut squash, combined with the healthy fats in nuts, seed, fish. As vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, meaning the body accesses it by it ‘dissolving’ in fat, not water, combining this with good fats is essential so that it becomes available for our bodies to absorb.

Happy Butternut squash chomping peeps!

Butternut squash love,

Tamsyn x