Need a good potato substitute? BUTTERNUT SQUASH!

A lot of us use things like cauliflower as a substitute for white potatoes, but have you ever thought of trying butternut squash?  It is packed with both flavor and nutrition and can be used in so many ways!  I love to boil it with some onions and seasonings I enjoy and puree into a soup.  I also like to slice it and layer it in a casserole dish with spices and a touch of olive oil and maybe some julienne peppers and onions and bake!

Sometimes I serve it mashed it like a potato and have it as my side with a piece of fish.

For snacking- cut it into small cubes, spray with non-stick cooking spray, season, and bake!   This is a great popcorn substitute also!

The possibilities are endless!  Even if you are not a fan of the yellow squash or zucchini squash varieties, give this one a try!

Here are how the nutrition facts stack up:

A 300gr serving, or 1.5 cup serving has 123 calories compared to 281 in the same size serving of white potato.  That same serving packs a real vitamin punch!  78% of the daily recommendation of Vitamin C and 686% of Vitamin A  There is also 11% of your daily iron in that serving!

Check it out and let us know your favorite way to use butternut squash!

XXOO

Erin

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About Erin Akey

I am a formerly morbidly obese wife, mother, Christian, author, speaker, water fitness instructor, nutritionist, anti-obesity advocate, and Emerald Ambassador with Plexus Worldwide. I am passionate about helping people fight the disease of obesity and also preventing and addressing obesity in children. I believe we have so many amazing tools available to treat this disease and we all need to take advantage of the ones we feel are right for us. I am also passionate about women taking the time to care for their needs. We live in a world where so many of us spend all of our time taking care of others that we neglect ourselves. I am all about making God the center of everything and letting His will take control of our lives and watching the beautiful blessings come from that release of power! Live, Laugh, and LOVE every day! Be grateful and be humble and watch the world around you change!
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2 Responses to Need a good potato substitute? BUTTERNUT SQUASH!

  1. Erin, squashes are yummy! So much more individual flavors than “just potatoes”! Happy 2013!
    ittybitty (marie)

  2. Susan says:

    I saw roasted butternut squash on a cooking show and decided to give it a shot. HOOKED!!! So yummy and sweet. Absolutely love it…toss it in Olive Oil and add some S&P and throw it in a 400 degree oven. Yummy!!!!

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