Winter squash has long been known as an essential food source of carotenoids. Recently research studies document just how fantastic winter squash can be when it comes to these critical antioxidants. In a few groups of study participants, winter squash proves to be the principal food source of beta-carotene and alpha-carotene in the entire diet! For lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin (three other health-supportive carotenoids) winter squash also comes out among the top three food sources in several studies.
Winter squash seeds make an excellent snack food, just like pumpkin seeds.
Maple Cinnamon Squash Ingredients
- 8 cups (about 3 pounds of winter squash)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- dash cayenne pepper (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Peel, seed and cut the squash into 1-inch cubes.
- In a bowl combine all ingredients.
- Spread in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Bake until squash is tender for 10 minutes.
- Turn squash over and bake for another 10-15 minutes until tender.
- Turn oven to broil and cook for 1-2 minutes until squash begins to caramelize. WATCH CAREFULLY, so it does not burn.
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Maple Cinnamon Squash Wine Pairing:
Pair this dish with Craveyon Orange Muscat no.5 2015
The chef Audrey Humaciu created this recipe for Harvest2U.
Audrey is the Editor in Chef at That Recipe and VP of Creativity and Sarcasm at Munofore. When she’s not blogging about her eclectic interests from cooking and crafting to ornamental horticulture and the idiosyncrasies of the American language, she’s just your typical 40 something mom livin’ the life in the California burbs… without the minivan and overpriced coffee.
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