Roasted butternut squash recipe is a breeze to make, and incredibly tasty and nutritious too. It took me just one hour from start to finish.
It's rich in beta carotenes but less than perfect if you're banting; roasting raises the glycemic index; it's definitely one of Bernard Preston's favourite dishes.
If it's late autumn and you're lucky enough to have them growing in the vegetable patch, then don a hat and look for a vine that's died back leaving the nutty brown fruit exposed.
Pluck one or two and, on the way past the herb garden, pick a few sprigs of thyme.
Otherwise, it's off to the grocer; right now, in season, a pocket of seven butternut cost 24 rands in South Africa; that's about two dollars. It's wise to eat these foods at the right time of the year when there may be a glut.
Cut one or two in half and spoon out the seeds. Note the deep orange colour of your fruit; this is one of the richest sources of beta and other carotenes. These are some of the most vital phytochemicals in your diet; amongst other things it's the precursor to vitamin A.
You can collect and lightly roast those seeds by the way; they are very healthy, but it's a time consuming business. I'm fascinated by the way our hens fight over them; it's just one of the reasons why our free range eggs have naturally golden orange yolks.
But in addition that have proven benefits, preventing a host of serious eye diseases like macular degeneration, and also lung cancer.
It's low in carbohydrate and perfect if you are following our modified Banting diet, and full of fibre to keep your colon happy.
This incidentally proved a good moment for a maths lesson. My granddaughter appeared at my elbow and was asking about the roasted butternut squash recipe that she had just enjoyed. Four halves make two butternut; not an easy concept for a seven year old. How much interaction do you have with the little people in your life?
Roasted butternut squash recipe is so easy to prepare.
Do you have a big garden?
Oops, I forgot to put the camera onto macro, and it's a bit blurred; that's a lump of butter, a clove of garlic and a sprig of thyme herb benefits.
We are self confessed greenies so I would never just bake a chicken or roasted butternut squash recipe. In this case I've added new potatoes and a zucchini from the garden, and an onion.
Reducing our use of electricity is an important part of saving our planet for the great grandchildren.
Thyme is one of our favourite herbs; I can't say I know of any particularly health benefits. It just adds a little something to your cooking. And of course now that butter is back, I'm unembarrassed about adding a good dollop.
Garlic goes into simply everything and we use olive oil on all our salads and vegetables.
One other interesting feature is that our oven is powered entirely from the sun; he comes bearing gifts to mankind and we partake freely.
A solar generator is perhaps something of a luxury in well governed countries with a reliable energy supply; but with our electrical network in near collapse in South Africa, having an alternate source of power is a must.
You can keep adding new generations of panels of different power with the use of diodes, but rather do your planning properly and go big from the beginning; it reduces complications.
Winter squash are probably best known for their beta carotenes because of their bright orange colour; like carrots, for example. And yes, it's true; just three tablespoons of cooked butternut contains your required daily allowance of vitamin A.
Supplement companies will try to con you into believing that you don't need roasted butternut squash recipe; all that's required is a vitamin A pill at ten times the price, but fifty times easier. But just wait; what else is there in these delicious winter beauties?
Lutein is another carotenoid found in green leafy veggies and yellow vegetables; it's particularly high in butternut. By utilizing the more damaging blue light in the spectrum, it prevents bright white light from damaging the retina in the eye; it's also in egg yolks by the way.
Zeaxanthin is another of these carotenoid pigaments that complements lutein, also by absorbing blue light, giving those foods a yellow colour. It too protects the retina and is found mainly in a part near the centre; you've heard of macula degeneration, I'm sure. It's particularly rich in corn and peppers, but also in your butternut. Enjoy them all in season.
How to grow corn is another of my favourites, if you have a large garden.
Cryptoxanthin is yet another of these vitamin A precursors found in winter squash, also giving butter its yellow colour; it too is an anti oxidant.
Of particularly interest to chiropractors is its anti inflammatory properties. Oncologists are doing research since it's been established that folk low in cryptoxanthin have a much higher risk of getting lung cancer.
Are you a smoker? Make sure that this roasted butternut squash is regularly on the menu. Better still, enjoy your winter squash and quit the weed; it costs on average seven years of your life. I watched both my parents die in misery.
To add to the misery, smokers are paid $5 an hour less on average, and find it more difficult to get employment. If you insist on smoking make sure you are running your own business.
Beta carotenes and flavonoids belong to a group of substances called phytochemical foods; they prevent disease and enhance health; your roasted butternut squash recipe is rich in them; just look at the rich orange colour.
Sometimes they are called phytonutrients; synonyms. Others are the lignans in flax and sesame seeds, polyphenols in fruit, tea, and red wine; then there are flavonones in citrus, the indoles involved in tryptophan formation and several vital neurotransmitters like serotonin and melatonin. Indoles are found in your greens.
They have powerful anti oxidant properties, protect our genes and are the reason why folk eating eight or more coloured foods every day have a 35% lower all cause of death; that's massive.
My point is that it's ludicrous to start thinking you don't need to eat these brightly coloured foods; all you need is a vitamin A tablet. Your roasted butternut squash recipe, butternut soup, and just the plain boiled vegetable with a dollop of butter have a great many other micro nutrients, and the much needed fibre for the colon, that are vital for sparkling good health; and the taste is to die for.
There is absolutely no virtue in fussing about whether you've had enough cryptoxanthin today; you'll become a health nut neurosis junkie. Just eat from as wide a spectrum of foods as possible, and you'll get plenty.
Banting uses a very low carbohydrate diet, but high in fat to lose weight; not only are you not ravenous all day, but the pounds really do come off. Roasted butternut squash recipe isn't usually allowed, partly because it's got starch, albeit complex carbohydrate, and also because the roasting raises the rate at which the sugars are absorbed in the small intestine.
If you have a weight problem, then think rather of boiling your butternut and turning it into a soup. Boiled food has a lower GI. We use solar pressure cooking to great effect, but of course you can use the appliance on utility electricity just as effectively.
But I have serious issues with banting, as it's called; you can read about it at Banting diet rebuttal; one of them is that butternut is strictly on the banned list because of its starch; but what's interesting is that butternut has in the first place very little carb, and secondly has a very low glycemic index. That means that it doesn't induce an insulin rush like potato and white rice, for example. In short it's not fattening.
I've just had a patient who decided to bant, unbeknown to me or his doctor, but a routine cholesterol test has soared over the moon; he's now on statins.
Our Banting diet modified has lots of merit without the downside.
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Whilst on the subject of all the beta carotene rich yellows, we certainly mustn't forget the delicious, healthy samples from the citrus fruit list. In my humble opinion, an orange juice press is a must in every family; once you know the facts, see below, you'll never go back to drinking OJ in a carton. After roasted butternut squash recipe, buttered gem squash are my favourite.
I timed it; it takes me exactly two minutes to halve and press seven citrus fruits. This is a mixture of oranges, grapefruit, mandarin, lemon and a lime. Make sure you enjoy the pulp too; that's where half the good stuff is.
If you know how to grow corn as well as citrus and squash then you'll be getting plenty of the yellow phytochemicals.
Organic butternut, I fear is largely only for those who will grow their own. It's not rocket science. Just look at these beauties. The largest of these monsters weighed in at nine and half pounds and was 40cm long. Unlike some giant fruit, they make perfect roasted butternut squash recipe.
We're going to enjoy him for our easy butternut squash soup recipe this week. A clove adds wonder to the flavour and it has a particularly strong anti inflammatory compound in it. Herbs eugenol oil may interest you if you want to delve further.
As an aside, getting daily small amounts of anti inflammatory compounds from your food means fewer painful joints and muscles.
If you have a large garden, then growing butternut squash is a breeze. They have very large leaves and keep the weeds down themselves. In one large bed it's fine to let them battle it out with sweet potatoes.
This summer we have 15 plants growing, and a friend has just brought me new runners, so today I'll be planting sweet potatoes amongst the butternut.
We'll be having plenty of roasted butternut squash this winter; one interesting development is how the hens love them once cooked. Perhaps that's why the yolks are so orange.
Building a chicken tractor has kept Bernard Preston out of mischief for a couple weeks. We move it every week or so to a new location leaving a nicely fertilized and tilled piece of ground behind, just ready for the next crop.
Never purchase supermarket butternut squash soup recipe; it's loaded with toxic chemicals in an attempt to preserve it unto everlasting life, and bring you a lot sooner to the pearly gates! Damn expensive too.
Another great source of these yellow carotenes is this wonderful gooseberry jam recipe; they are somewhat controversial as they are among the invasive alien species, but also provide many benefits to humans and birds.
Remember that cooking vegetables in the oven raises the glycemic index; if you're obese these roasted butternut squash recipes will probably raise your blood sugar unnecessarily and contribute to further weight gain.
The one thing the ketogenic diet folk have got right, like those who are banting, is that you can immediately halve your glucose medication including insulin; in fact you must, or you'll become hypoglycemic; too low and that's very dangerous for diabetics.
The way you cook your food is vital; in general boiling is more healthy, and better still is to let your roasted butternut squash recipes, and other starches, cool overnight in the fridge, and reheat them the next day; they 'retroregenerate' which makes them more difficult for enzymes to digest in the small intestine; they don't produce a blood sugar rush.
Bernard Preston is something of health junkie, into delicious vegetables and fruit straight from the garden. And organic eggs from our choice of a chicken tractor design. But this roasted butternut squash recipe is one of his favourites right through the autumn and winter.
Bernie's busy too with his seventh book, Priests Denied. It won't be out until at least 2017. Meantime enjoy one of the other six. Available and very cheap on your Kindle or smartphone from Amazon.
Then he likes easy to prepare healthy meals; these butternut squash soup recipes are always a favourite on a cold winter's night; add some coconut cream and a little curry spice, or ginger and cumin, for something different.
And his roasted butternut squash recipes are always in demand from the family.