Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples Cranberries and Candied Walnuts

Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples Cranberries and Candied Walnuts in a serving bowl Here is a great dish that we believe you don’t have to wait until the Autumn months to enjoy. Cranberries are harvested September thru November, and are found fresh in the stores in the months of November and December. Cranberries are always associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

Cranberries freeze well for up to one year, so why not buy yourself a few extra bags to enjoy them other parts of the year.

Did you know that in January the packaged cranberries that have not sold are reduced in price, which has been from 98 cents to around $1.25 around the past few years. The bags that do not sell, the markets store away in their freezers until next year.

Continued Downfall of the Bee Only Intensifies MalnutritionCranberries are another food crop that depend on bees for pollination. The fruit is a berry, and it is larger than the leaves of the plant.

Once the berry starts to form, it is initially white, turning a deep red when fully ripe. The berry has an acidic taste that can overwhelm its sweetness.

—Read More About Our Declining Pollinator Population: Continued Downfall of the Bee Only Intensifies Malnutrition —

Cranberries are related to bilberries, blueberries, and huckleberries.

Cranberry Field harvestA common misconception about cranberry production is that the beds remain flooded throughout the year, but rather the beds are irrigated regularly to maintain soil moisture during the growing season.

Beds are flooded in the autumn to facilitate harvest and again during the winter to protect against low temperatures.

Our feature recipe is an example of how you can enjoy those cranberries throughout the year, and here is what you will need to enjoy the flavors of – Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples Cranberries and Candied Walnuts.

1 large butternut squash, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes

2 large cooking apples, peeled, seeded and diced into 1/2-inch cubes

3/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

1/2 cup brown sugar, can use coconut sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 tablespoon gluten-free flour

1 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1 teaspoon 5-star Chinese spice

1/2 cup candied walnut pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

three images of diced fruitsIn a large bowl mix in prepared fruits (yes butternut squash is actually a fruit). Next mix in spice mix and butter, mix in until well coated.

sweet spice mix for Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples Cranberries and Candied WalnutsIn a small bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, salt, and spice.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples Cranberries and Candied Walnuts ready to roastSpoon coated fruit mix into a 13 X 9 inch baking glass pan.

Roast 50-60 minutes for a tender dish, and for or a lighter crunchy bit, roast for 30 minutes. Test the squash to feel its crunchiness by forking the squash and eating it, and if the squash has a slight firm texture but not mushy, then it’s done roasting.candied walnutsWe found these candied walnuts in the Whole Foods Market. The are walnut halves, which we broke up into pieces.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples Cranberries and Candied Walnuts in a serving bowlSpoon the roasted fruit into a serving bowl and top with candied walnuts. Before serving, mix walnuts in. You also have the option to serve the side dish with the walnuts on the side, allowing your family and guests to spoon on the walnuts if they wish.

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Mindful Eating and Why It’s Important

Mindful Eating and Why It’s Important

Mindful eating can also be described as

  • Apprehensive
  • Careful
  • Cautious
  • Cognizant
  • Conscious
  • Conversant
  • Knowledgeable
  • Observant
  • Respectful
  • Solicitous
  • Vigilant
  • Wary
  • Watchful

Replacing Mindful with any of these words, like Careful Eating, or Knowledgeable Eating, or how about Vigilant Eating would imply to the following when eating.

Respectful Eating - Mindful Eating and Why It’s ImportantEat like a connoisseur of food and smell, savor, and see the color and texture of every bit you take. Make sure when you are eating that you are sedentary, always sitting, and avoid standing up, and don’t stand in front of the fridge and eat. That is not Respectful Eating.

Set your table with your fine China, crystal, and silverware. Or at least something graceful and pleasing to plate your food, doing so will make your meal feel special. Avoid the colors red and yellow. They have an effect on your emotions causing you to want more food.  That would be Knowledgeable Eating.

Always remember the purpose of eating is to enjoy what you’re eating, and not to eat just to fill a void.

Don’t multitask. Focus on what you are eating, that’s practicing Observant Eating.

Turn the television off, as well as the cell phone. Research as indicated that watching TV while eating prompts mindless eating, and not Vigilant Eating.

Practice putting your fork down between bites, this will allow you to chew your food more. The fork in hand would only signal to put more food in Apprehensive Eating - Mindful Eating and Why It’s Importantyour mouth before you have swallowed what is already there. Putting your fork down between bits would be Watchful Eating.

Rate your hunger before you eat. Using a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not so hungry and 10 being very hungry will help you to avoid emotional eating. That would be Cautious Eating.

 

Stay hydrated as thirst can impersonate hunger. That would be Apprehensive Eating.

Solicitous Eating - Mindful Eating and Why It’s ImportantIf you’re the cook enjoy the process of preparing food in place of rushing through it. If you’re not a cook, get in the kitchen and help, and enjoy the feeling of preparing great food.

Be mentally present, in the moment, as it were, while you’re dicing, shredding, grating or chopping the food.

Breath in the aroma of what you are cooking. Notice how cooking can relieve stress. That would be practicing Solicitous Eating.

Try new foods and get out of the mindless eating pothole, trench, and furrow. That would be Cognizant Eating.

Wary Eating shows a suspicious attitude to junk food, fad diets or yo-yo dieting.

A person who practices Conversant Eating knows or remembers from experience why they have changed their bad eating habits to healthy eating.

Those who practice Conscious Eating fully appreciate the importance of a healthy diet that includes complex carbohydrates, good fats, and protein.

If you practice Careful Eating then you are paying close attention to accuracy and details of Mindful Eating.

 

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