How to Cook Butternut Squash
If you had to choose one food to learn more about, what would it be? Your answer should be squashes! (in my opinion)
All squashes are so full of nutrients, vitamin A-C-E, fiber, magnesium (which is essential to assimilate your calcium) and potassium. The butternut squash turns into a bright orange when ripe. They also contain those precious Omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties.
HOW TO STORE
Remember that you can keep the whole squashes on your counter, not in the fridge, for one month. If you cut them and remove the skin, then, allow it to stay for 5 days in your refrigerator at the most.
The seeds are edible, you can bake them on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes, then sprinkle avocado oil and your favorite seasonings (I like to use chili powder, lime zest, lime juice and salt). Put them back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes and voilà! You have a healthy snack, full of proteins and zinc, which will boost your immune system.
You can use them in soups, puree as a side dish, or in muffins, casseroles and breads.
OVEN BAKED – HOW TO COOK BUTTERNUT SQUASH
This is the easiest way to cook your squash.
– Cut the squash in 2 lengthwise (like shown in the picture).
– Remove the seeds with a spoon, reserve them if you want to cook them for a healthy snack solution.
– Brush both halves with a bit of avocado oil, add some salt and pepper (you could also use nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut sugar and clarified butter).
– Put them with the flat face down on a cookie sheet (covered with parchment paper to simplify your life!).
– Place in the oven at 350°Fahrenheit (175°Celcius) for 50 minutes.
– When cooled down a little, scoop out the flesh and use it to make a puree for your soups, casseroles, muffins and breads. So tasty!
For ideas of what to cook with this great fruit, check this awesome cookbook from Elisabeth Bangert. She will show you how to add them to salads, sandwiches, antipasto, pancakes and omelets. All great ways to add delicious squashes to your diet.
Happy cooking! Here are a few other pictures I took with our brand new Canon 70D, so much fun!