It's no surprise that foods rich in color are the healthiest foods on earth, after all, eating is one of the most intimate ways of using the senses to interact with our environment. This past Thursday's Company 'Jam Sesh' lunch was a feast to the eyes while also hearty, satisfying, delicious and deeply nourishing to our bodies!
Ideas were generated and exchanged and conversation and creativity flowed freely as the six of us Not Your Sugar Mama Babes enjoyed piles of crisp baby kale greens topped with a beet/parsley/ginger slaw alongside the star of the show- tender cubes of heavenly teriyaki roasted butternut squash... (recipe below!).
Cooking and eating from nature's color wheel is a fun and simple way to gain inspiration in the kitchen and a useful tool in the pursuit of whole health and nutrition. You can just follow your instincts or, a light investigation on the interwebs can yield a lot of useful information. For example, red foods contain lycopene, a compound that helps prevent heart disease; dark blue and purple fruits are rich in antioxidants; dark, leafy greens are rich in folic acid and are a great source of calcium and iron; and orange foods, like the butternut squash in this dish are rich in vitamin C with a one cup serving providing almost half of the recommended daily dose!
Every time I peel back the tough skin of a butternut squash my heart sings at the sight of its tangerine flesh with the warmth of stored energy from the sun glistening forth. Boasting many health benefits, butternut squash is part of the gourd family which also includes pumpkin, melon, and cucumber. Although I've always thought of them as a "starchy vegetable" these graceful, hourglass miracles are technically a fruit because they contain seeds. They also contain fiber (making them heart-healthy), potassium (important for bone health), vitamin B6 (necessary for proper functioning of the nervous and immune systems), folate, and phytonutrients! Their gorgeous color signals an abundance of carotenoids which protect against heart disease and very high beta carotene content (which the body automatically converts to vitamin A) which has been said to ward off breast cancer and protect against age-related macular degeneration!
Teriyaki Roasted Butternut Squash
You will need:
- one medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1/4 C organic maple syrup
-1/4 C bragg's liquid aminos or namah shoyu
-2 T extra virgin olive oil (or oil of choice)
-fresh garlic, minced (I used A LOT: 6 to 8 cloves)
-fresh ginger, minced (again, I used A LOT about 3 to 4 inches!)
-sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl combine all the above ingredients and let sit for at least 20 mins. Cover a baking dish with parchment paper. Pour contents of bowl evenly over the parchment paper and roast in the over for about 45 mins. until the squash is fork tender. Enjoy!
Thanks so much for reading! Let me know how it turned out, if you modified or tweaked anything, or if you have any input! Stay tuned for more hearty, healthy, vegan and gluten free meal ideas! What satisfies you when it's cold out? What are you favorite winter time vegetarian dishes!?
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Hey all! Emma here. This cashew milk is one of my favorite things to make in the winter time when it is cold and wet out. It is just the right thing to warm me up. I also love to spread the holiday cheer and make this as a gift for friends and family. I hope you all enjoy it and don't forget to spread the love!
- 2/3 cup organic cashews
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract or scrap the insides of a whole vanilla bean
- 1/8 - 1/4 tsp. (about 3 pinches) Himalayan Pink Salt
approx. 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (I usually just turn the spice jar over and pat the bottom 6 times)
- A dash each of ground cayenne, nutmeg, cardamom, and clove
Combine 1 Not Your Sugar Mamas Pure & Simple raw chocolate bar in a sauce pan with 2 tbsp. water and melt on medium to low heat, stirring often, until a smooth sauce is made (make sure not to boil)
Combine all of the above ingredients (including the sauce) in a Vitamix or high speed blender and blend on highest setting for a total of 2 minutes. I say total because if your blender requires a break to cool down or too much foam is produced you can turn the blender down, let the mixture settle/blender cool down, and whip it back up to high again! I like to drink this nut milk fresh out of the vitamin when it is slightly warm but you can store in the fridge for about 2-3 days in an air tight glass container, like a mason jar!