- is a rich source of dietary fibre and phytonutrients.
- has more Vitamin-A than pumpkin! Vit-A is a powerful anti-oxidant needed for your body to maintain the integrity of your skin and eyesight.
- is rich in the B-complex group of vitamins like folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin, and pantothenic acid.
- contains iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
- houses seeds that are an excellent source of dietary fiber, protein, minerals and mono-unsaturated fatty acids to support your heart health.
- its seeds are an excellent source of tryptophan (amino acid) that converts to a neurochemical in the human brain called GABA which is very necessary for stress reduction and sleep.
I like to roast, steam, stew and puree butternut squash but today I’m feeling more adventurous – I want to create a yummy pasta dish. I used a hand-held julienne peeler (super cheap!) to create long strips of noodles, and now I’m off to cook them because: HUNGRY!
Here’s what I’m using:
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder – anti-bacterial/viral
- 1/4 tsp cumin – aids digestion
- Pinch (or two) sea salt – great source of magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and iodine
I’ll throw all of this together in a fry pan, sauté for 2 mins – just enough to soften the noodles. I’m adding leftover/reheated broccoli, tempeh and pumpkin seeds that I stir-fried for dinner last night.