Does your family like mashed potatoes?
Here's a healthy, nutrition-laden alternative, which is inexpensive, and easy to make.
Mashed Butternut Squash
Seasonings (optional: as shown below)
- With vegetable peeler or knife, peel skin off.
- Cut Butternut Squash in half, and then in manageable pieces about 1” cube.
- Place in pot of cool water and bring to boil with a little salt for about 20 minutes.
- Allow to cool slightly and then mash.
- Add your favorite seasonings like nutmeg, brown sugar, honey, salt and pepper.
- We only added fresh thyme and salt on this occasion.
- Place in oven-safe casserole dish. If desired, add butter and brown sugar to top and heat briefly (5 minutes) in oven.
Because I prefer it without sugar and butter, Jack adds those seasonings to his plate after serving.
It’s a great way to get children to eat a nutrient rich vegetable.
One cup of butternut squash contains 82 fat-free calories with 457% of the daily value of Vitamin A, 52% of Vitamin C, 8% of Calcium, and 7% of Iron -- a deliciously healthy substitute for mashed potatoes! Butternut squash also contains the following nutrients:
Panthothenic Acid 12%
Vitamin B6 22%