One of my favorite vegetables from the garden is
butternut squash. And it's a good thing, because
my hubby definitely overplants!
Besides the yummy taste of butternut, a big plus is
that when you plant enough of it, like in our garden,
it can be stored in a cool garage and your harvest
will last until the next season.
Storage: We live in the northeast, with cold winters, so I have a space in our garage when I can store the butternut on an old bookcase. I stand them up, next to each other on the shelve.and that's it! When I want butternut for dinner, throughout the year, I just go out and get one. They stay wonderfully!
I think the best way to make this squash is to bake it. It is so quick and easy. Often when it is just my husband and me looking for a quick meal, we will each have a whole butternut squash and small salad as our dinner. What could be simplier than that?
MY BAKED BUTTERNUT RECIPE
1 butternut squash
2 TBS melted butter
real maple syrup
Saving Your Seeds
If you want to save your seeds for next year, it's a simple process. Put your seeds in a colander and rinse with cold water to wash off all the gook. Dry them with a paper towel. Then lay out your seeds on a sheet of wax paper to dry. Once dried, put in an envelope, date and lable. Place in the fridge until needed next season.
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Is the start to your day crazy?
Maybe you get up late and are rushig to get ready for work.
Maybe you have kids that you that you need to get ready and out the door in time to catch the school bus.
Or maybe you are just trying to get off to a good start- calm, cool, relaxed.
Whatever the case may be, it is important to get get fueled up to face the day..
Just like your car doesn't run when the gas gauge registers empty- you too don't perform at you peak level if your body is not energized and ready for action.
So, make a promise to yourself- and treat your body like it desevers to be treated!
One of the ways to do this is to get a good, healthy nutritious meal inside so you function well on the outside.
I'd like to share a few of my favorite recipes from my book Grab & Go Breakfast Recipes that can help you keep that promise.
Strawberry Breakfast Parfait
Low fat plain yogurt
Cut up frozen strawberries
Brown Rice Syrup
Wheat & Barley Cereal
Flaxseed meal and wheat germ
Grab a glass, and cover the bottom with yogurt. Add some cut up frozen fruit.
Put on another layer of yogurt. Mix in a little bit of sweetener. Top with cereal, wheat germ and flaxseed. Mix up and eat.
Mix up your parfait the night before in a mason jar, Cover, and put in the fridge for a really easy grab and go breakfast!
Mango Lassie Smoothie
1 cup low fat plain yogurt
1 mango- cut up
2/3 cup water
Handful of ice
Flaxseed meal and wheat germ
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of cardamom
The best way to make the perfect smoothie is to forget the measuring cups and rely on a little trial and error. The ripeness of your fruit, whether it is frozen or not, and how good your blender is, all factor into the amount of time you will need to blend your smoothie.
A good smoothie will be just liquidly enough that you can suck it up through a straw without having to strain your lungs to the point of bursting.
Toss your ingredients into your blender, liquids first, then buzz away!
If your smoothie is too thick, add more liquid, if it is too watery, thicken it up with more ice, yogurt or frozen banana.
No Cook Breakfast Bars
Nuts: Sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds
Unsweetened coco powder
A great grab and go breakfast! Make a big batch and freeze what you will not use within a few days. You are only limited by your imagination- no specific measurements needed. Use what you have in the pantry at the time.
Place all ingredients into a food processor to blend. Form into bars, place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet overnight to dry. Cut into bars, wrap and freeze the extras
Well I hope I have inspired you with a few of these recipes!
Give them a try and let me know what you think.
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I don't know about you, but I love watermelon! So if you are reading this, you are probably a watermeloner as well!
Watermelon is great any which way it is served. I love its juicy sweetness. I love to chop it up to put in the freezer to use as frozen ice cubes for drinks or to make popsicles with. But my all time favorite is this watermelon salad that also does double duty as a salsa.
So, if you are a watermelon fan- take it to the next level and give this a try!
Raspberry Mint Dressing
This is a great dish or salsa to serve at your next summer get-together. And be prepared, everyone will want to know how you made it!