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Health, Home, and Happiness: Winter Squash

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Winter Squash

Squash from our trip to the farm. I just recently started using squash, so I thought I would post some pictures. It is easy, nourishing, frugal, and healthy- what more could you want?

To cook I usually cut the squash lengthwise, scoop out the pulp, save the seeds if you like them. Put the squash face down in a dish, fill with about 1/2 an inch of water, add a teaspoon or so of sea salt, bake. 300 or whatever my oven is at for something else, for 30-60 minutes. Until the squash is really soft. Then you can scoop out the pulp. Top with maple syrup and butter, sea salt and coconut oil, and if you're new to whole foods, I don't think I'd complain if your kids will eat it with cinnamon sugar on top.

Rachel and Amy show show how they're using squash this year too.

We use squash as a side dish, just cubed or mashed depending on how soft it got. We also do squash fries like these sweet potato fries.

This post is a part of Real Food Wednesday
and is my favorite side dish this fall/winter, so it's up with other blogger's side dishes at the blog progressive dinner

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Blogger TurtleOak said...

Sounds easy enough and if I can drink spinach in a smoothie I think it's certainly time to give squash a try :)

December 2, 2009 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

It certainly is! It's something I had been dragging my feet on too. I'm really glad we tried it now.

December 2, 2009 at 6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has been my year to start loving squash too. I mix my baked squash with caramelized onions and applesauce and rebake with with some buttered parmesan bread crumbs on top. I know the topping probably doesn't fit with GAPS, but you could leave it off.

December 2, 2009 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

Oh man, Tara, that sounds so good! I love caramelized onions. And thankfully my kids do too. We'll be picking up more squash today I think!

December 2, 2009 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger cindahomaker said...

We've enjoyed squash for year BUT it can be expensive around the holidays we especially stock up on acorn and butternut squashes.

I found even putting in my crock pot with enough water to sustain enough moisture will 'bake' it well.
We like apples with ours too. Usually apple, butter, and honey with cinnamon sprinkles... nutmeg is good too. We like caramelized onion too but I don't know if I ever added any with any other than the summer squashes.
Might try the onion this week!

December 3, 2009 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger cindahomaker said...

Oops, meant it's expensive most of the year except around the holidays when we try to stock up...

December 3, 2009 at 12:42 PM  

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