Tasty Holiday Dish: Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is the quintessential cold-weather vegetable, the perfect complement to everyday cold-season family meals or lavish holiday celebrations. It can be pureed, mashed and baked into pies or breads, but I prefer this Italian-influenced version, which preserves the unique, yielding texture of the flesh. The nutty sweetness of the butternut finds the perfect counterpoint in tangy balsamic, rich olive oil and sharp, aged cheeses. Don’t forget to save the edible seeds – roast on a cookie sheet at 170° F for about 20 minutes.
Food As Medicine
Winter squashes, including the butternut, are rich sources of vitamin A; a cup of baked flesh provides 214 percent of the Daily Value of this vital nutrient. Also, though rich in carbohydrates, many of the butternut’s carbs come from pectins that appear to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and insulin-regulating properties.
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