Why is Squash so great?
- It's a great storage crop. Decorate with them for the holidays, then, when you are ready, eat it.
- Eating them helps to combat the winter blues.
What are the health benefits of eating Squash?
- Anti-oxidant, which means it fights free radicals that speed aging
- Anti-inflammatory, which means that it fights inflammation in the body that can lead to things like autoimmune disorders
- Promotes optimal health by preventing cancer
- Blood sugar regulation, which means it can stabilize blood sugar and prevent Type II diabetes
What are the best ways to eat Squash?
- In soup
- Roasted and stuffed with grains and veggies
- Roasted and topped with butter and a little maple syrup
Braised and Glazed Butternut Squash
Makes: 4 servings
Time: 30 minutes
This is your go-to recipe for everyday winter squash; it will work with any variety, but I usually turn to butternut because it’s so much easier to deal with than all the others. Once you peel and cut the squash, you braise it in a small amount of liquid, then boil off the remaining moisture to glaze it. Other vegetables you can use: any winter squash (except spaghetti), though they will all be more difficult to cut and peel than butternut.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 11/2 pounds butternut or other winter squash, peeled and cut into 1/2- to 1-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup vegetable stock or water
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped parsley leaves for garnish
1. Put the oil and garlic in a large, deep skillet with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat. When the garlic begins to color, add the squash and stock and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and turn the heat down to low. Cook, stirring once or twice, until the squash is tender, about 15 minutes.
2. Uncover the pan and raise the heat to medium-high. Cook, shaking the pan occasionally and stirring somewhat less often, until all the liquid is evaporated and the squash has begun to brown, 5 to 10 minutes. Turn the heat back down to low and cook until the squash is as browned and crisp as you like. Taste and adjust the seasoning, garnish, and serve.
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Why do you choose to eat it?
Which variety have you gotten at the Northside Farmers Market that you love?
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