There are two things that I am just absolutely head over heels for right now: acorn squash and ghee. On their own, they’re both pretty freaking great... but the combo is legit OUT OF THIS WORLD. This is hands down, my favorite fall combo this year (aside from a great boots and scarf combo, of course).Now, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that you know what acorn squash is, but just in case you don’t (no judgment zone), I’m talking about this guy:
It’s squash season, so you should have no problem finding acorn squash in your local grocery store.
But, there’s a good chance you’re asking yourself, “What the heck is ghee?”
Ghee is “clarified butter” traditionally used in Indian cooking (note: I use the quotation marks because there’s a little more to the preparation process). Ghee contains vitamins A, D, E and K, lipids that have anti-infective properties, and acids which have anti-viral and anti-carcinogenic properties, as well as omega 3 fatty acids. Due to its preparation process, which removes all the milk solids, ghee is lactose and casein-free, perfect for our dairy-intolerant friends.
Perhaps most importantly, though, ghee is known to be an effective carrier of lipid-soluble nutrients. Herbs and spices coated in ghee can easily penetrate lipid-based cell walls in the body, where you really get the most bang for your buck – which is why this Anti-Inflammatory recipe is such a powerhouse.
You can get ghee in most natural food stores, or Whole Paycheck, but I’m personally really digging on OMGhee, which can be purchased right from the comfort of your own kitchen table. It’s a bit pricey, but well worth the investment.
Ghee is still a form of saturated fat, so use it sparingly... it’s recommended to use no more than 2 tbsp per day.
Anti-Inflammatory Recipe: Spiced Squash with Cashews*
Makes 6 side-dish servings
½ tsp ground cumin½ tsp sweet paprika¼ tsp turmericPinch of cayenne pepper¾ lb (1 medium sized) acorn squash1 tbsp ghee2 tbsp chopped roasted cashews
1. Half and remove seeds from squash and bake for approximately 30 minutes at 400oF (until soft)2. Remove from oven and let cool, approximately 10 minutes3. Scoop squash from skin and cube4. Toss squash with spice mixture5. Heat ghee over medium heat and add squash6. Mash squash with a spoon as you stir, until completely mashed
*Recipe modified from Eating By Color for Maximum Health, Williams-Sonoma
What fall recipe or flavor combo are you totally digging right now? Make sure to leave it in the comments so I can test it out (I double as a health food taste-tester in my spare time!).