Squash it in the Butternut

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Butternut squash, exotic veg and a smoked salmon seeded topping

Veggie life for people who still LOVE food

After watching Cowspiracy, I have opted out of having meat for November and thought I’d try making nutrient-rich meals without the animals!

The beauty of this meal, is you can stuff it with whatever veg you want and it’ll be just as good! Below is an example of what you could stuff your buttery nuts with.


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 45 minutes


Ingredients

1 x Butternut Squash

1 x Courgette

1 x Handful of baby corn (Big hand measurement..)

1 x diced pepper – your colour, your choice

A couple of cherry tomatoes

1 x smoke salmon slice

2 x shallots

Linseed, flaxseed or any other seed to crust the top.

Squeeze of lemon

Coconut oil, Chilli flakes, Mild chilli powder, Paprika, Oregano, Pepper & Pink Himalayan salt.

(Feta cheese would go great with this meal but I aren’t a big dairy man, so didn’t use it)


Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  2. Slice the butternut squash in half. Make sure you’re stretched and warmed up as these buggers are hard to cut. Remove the seeds and massage oil all over, predominantly into the crevice you’ve created.
  3. Place the butternut squash into the oven and leave for 25-30 minutes. A good sign of when this is ready to initially come out is the skin going soft and being able to stick a knife through with relative ease.
  4. Prep the rest of your veg for a quick and easy stir fry. Little bitesize pieces are good here.
  5. With 5 minutes of cooking time remaining on your butternut squash in the oven, place your pan on medium heat the oil and leave your veg to heat, still leaving them a bit crunchy.
  6. Take the butternut squash out and carve out the centre. Fill this in with the veg and use any excess, along with the butternut squash, to serve either later or alongside the squash.
  7. Place a layer of smoked salmon over your veg and crumbled some seeds on top and place in the oven to crisp for a further 10 minutes.
  8. Get the veggies out the oven, turn everything off (save the planet and everything) and serve.

Benefits

  • Butternut Squash – High levels of Vitamin A per serving, a great provider of antioxidants and maintaining health and skincare. The butternut squash seeds are rich in protein and minerals, alongside mono-unsaturated fatty acids.
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