- Squash is loaded with beta carotene, which our bodies use to make vitamin A. Vitamin A helps in bone growth as well as aiding in vision. How much beta carotene found in each squash will depend on the intensity of the colour (think dark orange and green here), so the brighter the squash flesh and skin, the more beta carotene.
- Winter squash is a good source of potassium, and some studies show that getting more potassium in one's diet may lower the risk of high blood pressure.
- Folate -Winter squash is high in flolic acid, an important vitamin for early pregnancy, and should be taken regularly by those planing on becoming pregnant in the near future.
- Finally, squash is a source of vitamin C (perfect to ward off those Autumn colds) as well as fiber.
P.S. Adam and I will be going to Portland for a little visit next week. If you have suggestions of where to go, what to see, eat, or do, let me know!
Warm Squash Salad
Recipe (serves 2)1 cup carrots, chopped into 2.5 cm (1 inch) cubes
1 small sweet potato, chopped into 2.5 cm (1 inch) inch cubes
3 cups mixed winter squash, chopped into 2.5 cm (1 inch) cubes (I used 1 cup butternut and 2 cups kobocha, but there are so many other tasty squash to use - acorn, buttercup, pumpkin, Hokkaido, or hubbard)
1 bunch kale, chopped
2 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
Procedure:Heat oven to 220 C (425 F). Toss the sweet potato, squash, and carrots with olive oil, a couple pinches of sea salt, and pepper.
Roast for 20 minutes, stir the vegetables and roast for another 10 minutes, or until soft and golden.
Once vegetables are fully cooked, rinse the chopped kale under water and place it onto of the squash (rinsing the kale adds moisture and makes sure it won't totally dry out and turn into kale chips) and cook for another 5 minutes, but keep a eye on as they can quickly burn.
Toss the squash/kale mixture with the pumpkin seeds and dress lightly with the maple balsamic dressing (about 2 Tbsp for each person). We topped our salad with some fresh goat cheese, but if you don't each cheese, a handful of walnuts.
Maple Balsamic Dressing
Recipe:1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp maple syrup
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp mustard
Zest and juice of one orange
Pinch sea salt and pepper