"Now that the local butternut squash is here, we need look no further for a wholesome, delicious, and nutritious vegetable to grace our table. And how much better the local gourds taste than those shipped over from the West coast. Farmers’ markets are full of all kinds of winter squashes, all of them pretty similar in terms of nutrition. I like the butternut as it is large (good for large families like mine), easy to peel, and tasty.
Why is squash so good for us?
Butternut squash is an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), and a very good source of vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, and manganese.
First food for baby
Butternut squash makes a perfect first food for your baby when s/he starts solids at around 6 months. It’s soft, smooth, and sweet – an instant hit! It’s also a lovely orange color which is attractive to baby.
Butternut squash puree
*Note: The squash puree will be quite thick so you may have to thin it down with breast milk or formula when you feed to your baby.
The most delicious and easy butternut squash dish for grown ups ever!
All you need is:
1. Heat your oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Cut squash lengthways and scoop out seeds. Butter an ovenproof dish and lay squash skin side down. Smear squash flesh with butter, sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
3. Place dish in oven and bake until soft but not too much so (about 40 minutes)
4. Remove dish from oven and put a generous dollop of cheese in the seed cavity followed by a sprig of thyme. Replace in the oven and cook until cheese has melted and squash is really soft.
This dish can be served a few ways:
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