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Healthy Side: Butternut Squash Purée with Ginger and Browned Butter

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Delicious and creamy… sick of quinoa, potatoes and pasta? The perfect side dish to accompany many meals.
It’s January 2020 – and I am going to test and write many Healthy and Plant Based Recipes this month to get you back on track, after the holidays indulgences!
Also ~ see more of my favorite Butternut Squash Recipes below.

Simple to prepare, just 3 main ingredients! – plus salt & pepper and parsley
The brown-butter-ginger add-in is a game changer! Adds a ton of flavor and personality! 

HEALTHY EATING starts with healthy choices. That begins, I believe, with cooking for yourself with healthful ingredients such as lean proteins, doubling up on the veggies, fruits, whole grains and dairy. Lowering one’s sugar intake – yet not denying yourself your favorite indulgent foods. It’s a balance… you’re more likely to crave restricted foods so choose smaller portion sizes of these. I’m always searching for non GMO and organic foods a much as possible.

This healthy side pairs well with so many dishes instead of the usual pasta, potatoes or grains.
So easy to prepare ~ Roast a butternut squash cut side down, then simply scoop to the flesh and into the food processor it goes. Purée until smooth.

The Brown-Butter-Ginger add-in is a game changer!
Adds a ton of flavor – much more than simply melted butter.
Browned Butter – also called beurre noisette, named because it smells like hazelnuts and has a similar nutty color, plus a nutty, toasted flavor. It enhances the flavor of almost everything!
Fresh Ginger Root has an unique and zesty spicy flavor. It’s pungent flavor has many health benefits and has been used for medicinal and culinary purposes for thousands of years. I love the jolt of aromatic flavor it offers in this purée.

Swirl into the purée – add a touch of sea salt and chopped parsley and enjoy!

No need to peel the squash, with some find difficult ~ just cut in half lengthwise, roast and scoop out the flesh.

Want to make it 100% plant based? Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Organic Coconut Oil instead of butter.

Butternut Squash is celebrated for its versatility and sweet, nutty flavor.
Commonly thought of as a vegetable, butternut squash is technically a fruit.

Rich in nutrients, and low in calories – this winter squash transforms into the perfect, crave-worthy side-dish.
High in many nutrients, including fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium.

Perfectly roasted – 45 minutes for a 2 1/2 pound butternut squash
Scoop out the flesh with a large spoon, discard the skin
Make the Brown-Butter-Ginger Add-In while the squash cooks
My idea of the perfect weeknight meal: Spiced Salmon Filet, Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Butternut Squash Purée with Browned Butter and Ginger
A luscious and creamy side dish with a sweet and nutty taste

My favorite Butternut Squash Recipes:

Simply Delicious Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Celery Root
Chicken-Lentil Chili with Butternut Squash
Chicken Etouffee with Butternut Squash and Apples
Amazing Veggie Chili Without Beans
Antioxidant Kale Salad with Lemony Extra Virgin Olive Oil Dressing

A Happy and Healthy 2020 to all!!
Karen

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