You can eat Butternut squash for pure enjoyment because it’s delicious but even better; it provides excellent nutritional value that your body needs. The human body is bombarded with free radicals and toxins from the environment, which can cause irreparable damage to our health. Antioxidants help protect healthy cells from damage caused by them. This squash is rich with antioxidants. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can even assist in regulating your blood sugar.
Butternut squash is a type of winter squash that has a sweet, nutty flavor. It has a pale orange skin and a deep orange fleshy pulp. Store whole butternut squash in a cool, dry place versus in the refrigerator. It should keep for around three months. Once you’ve cut it open, it will stay fresh for a few days in the fridge.
This winter squash is quite versatile and can be cooked a number of ways. Use a sharp knife and cut about an inch from the top and then from bottom, to create stability. Then, use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer skin. Slice it in half and remove the seeds. You can actually roast the seeds and eat them as a snack – they are delicious.
Using your vegetable peeler, you can shave the squash to create ribbons which you could sauté with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. You could roast the squash in the oven or you can chop it up and boil it like you would potatoes. That’s what I did in the recipe below. What’s your favorite way to eat this delicious vegetable?
Pureed Butternut Squash with Thyme and Parmesan
7 cups of cubed squash (1 large or 2 small squash)
1 tbsp fresh chopped Thyme
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
¼ tsp garlic powder
3 tbsp half and half
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp butter
Boil the squash in a large pot of water till tender then drain. Place the squash back into the pot and the remaining ingredients. Using your hand held mixer, blend to desired consistency.
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Tammy Batcha is a life-long resident of the Shenandoah Valley. A long-time commuter, she seeks to reconnect to her community. A board certified, health and wellness coach, she continues to study integrative nutritional theory while guiding others on a path to wellness.