There are so many plants that are incredibly rich in nutrients that I sometimes feel like a broken record when I write this column. But, butternut squash deserves the adoration, so here goes.
Butternut squash is not only deliciously sweet and creamy, but it's packed full of potassium, vitamin B6, folate, dietary fiber, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.
To give you some scale, one 1-cup serving of butternut squash has almost half your recommended dose of vitamin C. Its high amounts of folate keep your heart healthy and help prevent brain and spinal defects in newborn children.
The bright orange color of the squash comes from the high beta-carotene in the fruit, and the brighter, the better. Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A in your body and so butternut squash is excellent for deterring breast cancer and incredible for your eyes. Beta-carotene is also amazing if you are pregnant or feeding a toddler as it helps support healthy lungs.
It’s full of antioxidants, which work to keep down inflammation in arthritis and asthma.
So, basically, butternut squash is really good for you!
When you buy it, try to find a heavy (for its size) squash that has no soft spots or bruises and isn’t glossy. I usually cook it by simply roasting it on a cookie sheet. You can scoop its seeds out first and roast those separately. After roasting, you can puree it for soups, stews, pies, muffins, or even ravioli (see this month’s recipe below.)
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We made three different kinds of homemade ravioli for Christmas Eve this year, and it was super fun and rewarding. This recipe was my husband’s favorite by far. The butternut squash ravioli is creamy and sweet and melts in your mouth.
If you’re up to making homemade pasta dough, you can use that for this recipe. But, if you’re pressed for time, don’t make than an excuse for not trying it. There are plenty of vegan wonton wrappers at stores, or you could buy fresh lasagna rolls in stores and fill those with this recipe.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the squash cut side up on a baking sheet, removing the seeds to roast later. Drizzle the squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until tender; you should be able to easily poke a fork through the flesh.
Scoop out the flesh of the squash and puree in a food processor until very smooth, adding the spices and nutritional yeast until very well combined.
Drop by tablespoons full onto your prepared wrappers, making sure not to put down too much filling, and leaving about an inch on either side of the filling. Brush the edges of the pasta with water and then cover with another wrapper and pinch the edges to ensure they're properly sealed.
You can dry them on a cookie sheet until you're ready to cook, or flash freeze extras and then bag them for future use.
Drop the ravioli gently into boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes, until tender.
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