The supermarket staple squash we know nowadays as the Butternut Squash has its history rooted some 10,000 years ago in the Oaxaca valley region of Southern Mexico.
Like the Butternut Squash, many of the fruit and vegetables we eat nowadays would never actually have come to be known was it not for human domestication from their wild ancestors which were often far too bitter for us to eat and enjoy in recipes as we do these days.
Ironic then that we now name the Butternut Squash, a once bitter crop, due to it being as smooth as butter and sweet as a nut.
It’s thanks to our ancestors crop domestication that many of the squash varieties we now have available are firm favourites in cuisine across the globe and also for us here at Real Food Function, especially in September as Autumn fast approaches.
Squash, Ginger & Chilli Soup is just one of the regulars that will pop up on a weekday menu as the colder days start to set in.
Today we profile 3 of our favourite Butternut Squash recipes that are just too good not to share!
But before that we need to tackle the biggest hurdle for most home cooks when it comes to including butternut squash on their menu…
Preparing the awkwardly shaped Squash.
6-Step Guide To Preparing Your Squash
Step One – Using a sharp knife remove the top and bottom of your butternut squash.
Step Two – Stand the butternut squash up on a flat surface with the bottom down.
Step Three – Use a Sharp knife or vegetable peeler and peel the tough outer skin from top to bottom.
Step Four – Slice across the butternut squash just above the rounded lower section to create 2 segments.
Step Five – Slice the rounded bottom section in half, use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
Step Six – Slice and chop both segments into 2-3cm cubes.
Learning this preparation process will make your life much easier when it comes to cooking with Butternut Squash and it also forms the basis of all 3 recipes included below.
This recipe really hits the spot if you’re looking for some comfort food when the weather gets a little cooler. The tender chicken thighs are perfectly complimented by the slow cooked squash, whilst adding olives to the dish gives it some contrast in every mouthful.
Squash and lentil curry has become a mid-week go-to option for us, it’s by far the easiest curry recipe you’ll ever make from scratch that can be tailored to be either mellow like a korma or pack a punch simply by upping the chilli levels.
Time and time again when I work with nutrition clients they come back saying this squash and beetroot salad is a firm favourite for all their families! That’s when you know you’re onto a true winner of a recipe that will be used at the dinner table for many years to come. Because this recipe is served cold means it works really well as a lunch option at work too if you don’t have the ability to heat your food up.
I hope you enjoy making these recipes as much as I have over the past few years. They have all managed to cement a place on our kitchen favourites list since their creation.
Here’s the best bit….
All 3 recipes will act as healthy meal options when moving into the Autumn and Winter, it’s so easy to find yourself losing focus on your health goals when the colder days and nights start to draw in.
Comfort food becomes less of a treat and more regular on those miserable wet days.
So, to combat this these recipes have been designed to give you the maximum flavour and nutrition each meal, helping you stay in control of your weight loss targets even if the temptation of curling up on the sofa and tucking into a bar of chocolate is your first thought!
(I know it well don’t worry, you’re not the only one!)
They are packed with protein to help keep you feeling full after eating (Chicken, Lentils, Quinoa) which is a key component of the weight loss equation.
And they all provide good quality carbohydrates that won’t lead to a spike in your blood sugar levels.
If you enjoy these recipes then I have no doubt you’ll love trying out my top 5 Energy Boosting Recipes too.
Better still you’ll be able to start learning all about our philosophy behind creating a healthy lifestyle through good food that helps you break away from the demoralising cycle of dieting!
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I look forward to helping you create control over your health with good food once and for all!