Today I got two beautiful winter squash in my CSA box. I had other veggies that needed to be eaten but I could not resist roasting them up for dinner tonight. I love the comforting, warming smell of baking squash!
The importance of eating seasonally cannot be over stated in harmonizing our health with the seasons. Squash is packed with vital nutrients including vitamin A , C, and B. It is also a great source of dietary fiber making it a wonderful in promoting good digestion.
Cooling in nature according to Chinese medicine it is used for detoxification. It quenches thirst and is used to relieve urinary difficulty and treat edema. It relieves irritability and benefits the skin.
Squash supports the Earth Element and the organs of Spleen and Stomach. A healthy earth element leads to good digestion and is the basis for proper immune function. It also is the foundation for the production of Blood. Eating squash drains dampness and warms and supports the core.
Cooking squash could not be simpler. Today I choose to just split and seed my butternut squash and place each of the halves cut side down on a lightly greased cookie sheet with a small amount of water. I preheated the oven to 450 degrees and baked for 45 min adding water as needed so the squash did not stick to the pan.
For the Delicata, I split it, took out the seeds and cut into ½ slices. These I laid on a lightly greased cookie sheet and roasted, flipping once for 30 min. With both pans I used coconut oil which can withstand high temperature cooking. I’ll be eating these tonight with salt, pepper and a little olive oil. Yummy and healthy.
Try these serving options:
Goat cheese and honey
Crispy sage leaves and chopped bacon
Toasted walnuts and sauted mushrooms
Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health in Madison Valley and West Seattle and Seattle Fertility Acupuncture. She is passionate about healthy, happy living and a regular blogger. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.