October Vegetarian Awareness Month

Educating our clients on planning and preparation of meals, with tasty dinner recipes is key to healthy living. Not only are you taking a proactive approach to your families health but you are actually minimizing the day-to-day stress of meal planning. Whether it is a quick prep that allows for the children to get involved in the cooking process, you will quickly see how mindful eating can be relaxing! It is joyful when we gather around the table. Be sure to save the seeds and plant.

What vitamins does butternut squash have?
Vitamin A, 1 cup of cooked squash has 457% of the recommended daily allowance. A great source of potassium, fiber, and magnesium.

“What is the difference between a squash and a pumpkin?”  Pumpkin is a type of squash, and squash generally refers to four species of genus cucurbita, including the species to which pumpkin belongs. Both squash and pumpkin belong to the cucurbitaceae family.

Squash is considered a fruit and it grows on a vine. Here in the US and Canada, we usually break down the squash family to winter or summer squash, depending on when they are harvested. One thing that makes pumpkin a little different from other squash, besides it orange with yellow-orange skin, is its stem.

Cooking with my clients last week we used butternut squash in place of the Kraft mac & cheese packet. Squash can also be used as an egg replacer. EGG REPLACEMENT TIP:
Applesauce is a great egg replacement for egg allergy. Applesauce can be used as a tasty and inexpensive replacement for eggs. Add 1/4 cup of apple sauce for each egg the recipe calls for. Or try greek yogurt, banana, squash, any pureed fruit. Use plain apple sauce with no sugar added, so you don’t alter the taste of the recipe.

The next time you go to the store, spend some time by the squash and pick up a few varieties to experiment with. It is fun and it’s exciting to try new things.

 

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