Butternut Squash French "Fries":
(adapted from a recipe in The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook
by Neal Barnard, M.D. and Robyn Webb)
Extra Virgin Coconut or Red Palm Oil
Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt
1. Preheat your oven to 425 F.
2. Peel and cut the squash into French-fry shapes.
3. Melt the Coconut or Palm Oil and add enough to lightly coat the squash. Stir.
4. Sprinkle with Paprika.
5. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, turning halfway through, until the inside is tender and the outside has a beautiful golden brown color. (Keep an eye on them the first time you make them because baking times vary according the the size of the fries.)
6. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve!
These "fries" pair nicely with black bean veggie burgers and a fresh, green salad.
Some good reasons to eat Butternut Squash...
Many of the carbohydrates it contains come from beneficial sugars called polysaccharides, which studies show have special anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-diabetic and insulin-regulating properties.
It contains potent antioxidant cartenoids, Vitamin C, niacin, manganese, B Vitamins, and heart-healthy folate.
It reduces inflammation in the body, which helps prevent inflammatory diseases like asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
It is an excellent source of immune-supportive Vitamin A.
It is a rich source of dietary fiber, which has been shown to have a number of health benefits including increased absorption of minerals, reduced blood cholesterol levels, and a lower risk of many types of cancer.
The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook, Neal Barnard, M.D. and Robyn Webb
The World's Healthiest Foods Website, www.whfoods.org
"Power Foods: Butternut Squash," Whole Living Magazine On-line, www.wholeliving.com