Monday, November 21, 2011

Healthy start to the Holidays

I have been thinking of flavorful but healthy recipes to make during Thanksgiving.  I am still thinking about all the different items to put on the table, and have yet to come up with a full menu.  We‘ll probably have friends over and visit others too.  Let’s start off with butternut  squash for a healthy start to the holidays. 

Bold and Beautiful Butternut Squash
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ginger/garlic paste
1 cup butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 tsp oil
Pinch of salt
Cilantro for garnish
Green chillies, finely chopped (optional)

Heat oil in pan/wok, and add cumin seeds.  When they start to sputter, add the butternut squash  and the salt ,minced  green chilies and  ginger/garlic  paste.  Mix well.  Cook covered for a few minutes until tender, then let simmer uncovered for a couple of minutes.  Garnish with chopped cilantro. 
Variations: You can make zucchini , pumpkin or potatoes the same way.  Add lemon juice for a little tang.  Add your favorite herbs for a subtle flavor.

Wish you all Happy Healthy Holidays!!