March 10, 2015

Coconut Crusted Butternut Squash

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Sharing Every Bite | Coconut Crusted Butternut Squash #glutenfree #vegan #soyfree #healthyfood #plantbased www.sharingeverybite.com

 

Inspired by sesame crusted tofu, this vitamin-rich recipe has all the goodness of that style, without the soy overload. A little bit of sweet, a little bit of spicy, and enough Vitamin A to last you two days! Best part is, there is no flour, no gluten, and no cholesterol, but there is 11g of protein per serving.

 

So what's been going on lately? In the typical spirit of Arizona, we've gone from a brief period of cooler jeans and a hoodie weather, immediately to jump-in-the-pool-it's-effing-hot-outside weather. Therefore, this weekend was an absolutely incredible bundle of country dancing, boating on the lake, hiking, bike riding, and doing absolutely nothing productive. It's hard to follow a weekend like that, so fortunately I can always fall back on great recipes like this for a pick-me-up!

 

Other weekly news includes tackling the dreaded task of registering for Fall classes. (That's right friends, medical leave is FINALLY over.) Not that it was necessarily enjoyable to see my health deteriorate two years ago and then have to take a break from college, but the thought of going back has not been exciting. The two years prior to the medical leave, the graphic design program was just a huge pile of misery, so that's the last taste I have in my mouth of ASU. But alas, it's done. I'm going back in August to 12 credits of classes. (Yeah, yeah, puny schedule, but it's a warm-up semester if you will.) Maintaining a positive attitude because if you're looking down in pessimism, that's exactly where you'll go.

 

And before we hop over to the kitchen, I leave you with this to meditate on for the week...

 

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."

-Helen Keller

 

 

 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 35-40 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

 

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving: about 3 rounds

Calories: 431

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 large butternut squash (or 2 small)
  • 1/3 c. cashew butter
  • 2 Tbs. honey or agave nectar
  • 2 Tbs. melted coconut oil
  • 2/3 c. flax seed meal (ground flax seeds)
  • 2 Tbs. chia seed meal (ground chia seeds)
  • 1/3 c. shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 c. sunflower seeds (optional)

 

Directions:

 

  1. Peel butternut squash and cut both ends off.
  2. Cut into 1/2" rounds. When you reach the seeded part (that's usually the larger rounded side), remove the seeds with a butter knife and cut into the largest size pieces possible so it's easier to batter them.
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  3. Combine cashew butter, honey, and coconut oil in one bowl and flax meal, chia meal, coconut, and spices in a separate bowl.
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  4. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. To batter the squash, dunk into the cashew butter mixture and coat completely. Let the excess drip for a few seconds and quickly transfer to the coconut/flax mixture.
  6. Use a spoon to press the flax mixture into the squash on each side. You'll want to flip it a couple times and continue pressing the dry ingredients into each piece so you have a nice thick layer on all sides.
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  7. (optional) Top with sunflower seeds before putting in the oven.
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  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes until you notice the crust is slightly browned.
  9. Garnish with coconut, a drizzle of honey, and/or more of the cashew butter mixture.

 

 

 

Sharing Every Bite | Coconut Crusted Butternut Squash #glutenfree #vegan #soyfree #healthyfood #plantbased www.sharingeverybite.com

 

Sharing Every Bite | Coconut Crusted Butternut Squash #glutenfree #vegan #soyfree #healthyfood #plantbased www.sharingeverybite.com

 

Sharing Every Bite | Coconut Crusted Butternut Squash #glutenfree #vegan #soyfree #healthyfood #plantbased www.sharingeverybite.com

 

Best wishes,