Winter Squash for Seasonal Eats–and Weight Loss2 February 2012 by Jean Johnson
Squash is much maligned in SAD (Standard American Diet)–especially winter squash. It’s largely reserved for pumpkin pies and acorn halves baked with yet more unimaginative SAD stuff: brown sugar and butter. Not that I don’t enjoy an acorn trussed up in such decadent fashion now and then. It’s just that you can do so much more with winter squash–and your health.
Plus that squash is great food if you want to trim down some. I know when I stay true to winter squash et al–meaning there’s no silver bullet here and the idea is to eat a variety of fresh seasonal vegetables–the scales tip in a favorable direction.
Long time friend in Northern Arizona says it’s true for him too. Here’s a shot of the harvest Bob sent along with a note:
We have been eating a lot of this stuff this winter and have found that a piece of any kind of squash with a couple of poached eggs on it is an awesome breakfast. With something like half an acorn it is easy to turn it into a real show piece.
Now that Beth is retired I have been eating much more of her cooking and have lost twenty-five pounds. I went over to Mac’s and retrieved all his old Levis that now fit me.
[Note: Mac is my former husband, a tall bean pole of a Grand Canyon hiker guy while he walked the planet.]
Squash goes great in a lunch box too. Here is fare I toted out one fall when there were still fresh tomatoes around. Nice meal it was:
sweet dumpling squash wedges
on a bed of brown rice and garden greens
dressed with oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
A fraction of the cost of paying the man for unhealthy questionably sourced food as well.
Spaghetti squash is one of my favorites. Here’s a half ready for the oven on my griddle.
And here’s a warm salad I conjured up with it during pomegranate season over the holidays.
The flash cooked kale dressed with the usual suspects: oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper is a great foil to the sweet squash.
The walnuts and ruby jewel goodies help pull the whole thing off.
Speaking of squash, here’s what my oven looked like this morning.
Baking up some squash ahead for dinner.
Roasting some garlic to spread on polenta.
And warming some spice bread I made with squash for breakfast.
Not only did I get some nice food ready for later, the kitchen got warm enough to make folks want to linger a bit over coffee.
Not a bad deal all in all.
Oh. Did I say I’m down too?
Closing in on ten pounds and feeling skppety-do-dah.