There is no easier way to cook butternut squash than in the crock pot. This vibrant orange squash has become quite popular over the past couple years, for good reason.
Butternut squash is one of the most common varieties of winter squash.
Interestingly enough, the squash is actually grown in the summer, harvested in fall, and is continued to be sold throughout the winter months due to the thick hard exterior.
The many health benefits of Butternut squash:
- Butternut squash is low in calories and is a good source of dietary fiber.
- This member of the cucurbitaceae family may have the highest about of vitamin A – or 354% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA). Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and an essential vitamin for healthy eyesight.
- This vibrant orange squash is rich in the B-complex group of vitamins including folate, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin, and pantothenic acid and contains adequate levels of the minerals iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
- You can eat butternut squash seeds just as you would pumpkin seeds! They are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids that benefit for heart health. Also,they are rich in protein, minerals, and numerous health-benefiting vitamins. The seeds are an excellent source of health promoting amino acid, tryptophan. Tryptophan converts to health benefiting GABA neurochemical in the human brain.
How to use Butternut squash
This squash can be used in so many ways, from soups and stews, to pasta, one pan dinners, blended into meats such as meatloaf, or just plain topped with a bit of butter.
How To Cut A Butternut Squash
No more worrying about slicing your finger when cutting through this tough squash. Simply wash it, then place the whole butternut squash in your crock pot and cook.
Let cool, slice, remove the seeds, and use the insides however you wish. Watch this short video above to see just how easy it is to cut the squash using this easy method.
What is your favorite way to enjoy this delicious and nutrient packed squash?
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