Get Your Squash On!

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Delicata, acorn, buttercup…what’s your favorite winter squash? One thing we all agree on in our office is how much we all love squash. Crisp autumn air, turning leaves, the holiday season – all have these lovely curcurbitas (love that word!) in common.

The beauty of winter squash is multi-fold. These squashes store well, for weeks at a time, and can be made into a multitude of dishes both sweet and savory. Winter squash acquire their most vibrant flavors when harvested after the first frost. They’re an excellent source of natural sugars, complex carbohydrates and beta-carotene, Vitamins A & C, potassium, and magnesium.

From the perspective of Chinese Medicine and Food Energetics squashes are warming and great for digestion (when cooked of course!) Squashes nourish Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach and Spleen and tonify Qi. Winter squashes regulate blood circulation, counteract cold, counteract damp, and resolve phlegm. Because of it’s sweet flavor, orange/yellow flesh, and round shape, squash resonate strongly with the Earth element.

Ok, after all that who doesn’t want some squash?! We’ve picked out a few of our favorite recipes for you beyond the iconic pumpkin pie. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

 BAKED DELICATA SQUASH RINGS

BLACK SESAME PUMPKIN MOCHI

CURRIED APPLE & SQUASH SOUP

GF PUMPKIN MUFFINS

KALE SALAD WITH ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH

 

Interested in more of these recipe or whole foods based nutrition? Check out our Wholistic Nutrition Program (WNP). We are currently accepting applications for the next program group starting February 26th, 2016. Have questions? Come to the next WNP info session on Thursday, February 14th, 2016 at 5:30PM.

 

References:

Leggett, Daverick. Helping Ourselves: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Food Energetics. 2nd ed. Totnes: Meridian, 1995. Print.

Wood, Rebecca Theurer. The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Resource for Healthy Eating. 2nd Rev. & Updated ed. New York, N.Y.: Penguin, 2010. Print.

Photo Credit: http://andrewzimmern.com/2014/10/02/winter-squash/

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