This is the first of a series of new occasional features for this blog in which I’ll be highlighting a particular ingredient or set of ingredients that we’re using in the kitchen and share a little bit about why we use them. I’m starting with butternut squash today because we’ve definitely made the transition to autumn in the kitchen and have started to serve up this delicious seasonal squash as a nutritious vegetable option.
Part of the pumpkin family, butternut squash is a natural choice in a healthy diet for a number of reasons: It’s low in calories, high in fiber, and is a rich source of antioxidants (the beneficial chemicals that fight off free radicals—rogue atoms that can harm cells and maybe even lead to cancer). And since butternut squash tastes so good naturally, we can prepare it in a way that showcases its flavor without diminishing its nutritious value. Great taste and great for you! That’s the kind of ingredient that deserves to be in the spotlight.