Festive in color, rich in nutrients, freeze-dried butternut squash is the perfect addition to your food storage pantry or everyday meal rotation! Keep reading to learn some of the health benefits, as well as 12 simple, wholesome ways to eat them!
I don’t think there’s a single winter squash I don’t enjoy. I love roasted acorn squash, baked spaghetti squash with butter, salt, and pepper…and obviously, pumpkin everything! Seriously, all winter squash are so delectable and unique, and I can’t pick a favorite. But today, I’m here to tell you about the incredible flavor and nutrients packed into the butternut squash, and why you definitely (definitely) need it in your food storage pantry today!
Yes, it’s true. There IS such a thing as freeze-dried butternut squash. What that means is that you can store cans of this, chopped and ready to go, and enjoy the flavor all year long without worrying about it being out of season or rotting before you can get to it.
What is butternut squash?
All winter squash boast high levels of nutrients and healthy fiber, but butternut squash is something special. It is simply bursting with healing qualities, and a flavor that well earns the nickname of butternut. This dense and hearty winter gourd is guaranteed to please at every holiday gathering. The staggering amount of beta-carotene (converted into Vitamin A once in the body) contained in just one cup will keep your eyes, skin, and hair healthy in the dry winter air, and the plenteous dietary fiber present will keep your belly satisfied for hours.
Including freeze-dried butternut squash in your long-term food storage, and fresh when available and in season, is a great idea for individuals and families of all ages and stages. For pregnant mothers, the high concentration of folic acid in butternut squash will help prevent birth defects in your precious bundle when he or she is born. It is also excellent for infants, and toddlers whose bones are still forming, and grandparents, whose bones are more fragile than they were when they were in their youth, as butternut squash also has an abundance of potassium, calcium, and magnesium, all of which promote healthy bones and joints! Powerful antioxidants also help fight against disease, and help support a strong immune system.
What can I do with a butternut squash?
What can’t you do? It is delicious roasted, blended into soups and sauces, used to replace pumpkin and sweet potato in recipes, and so much more! You can use fresh, or use ThriveLife’s Freeze-Dried Butternut Squash as an easy replacement. Here are 12 wholesome, scrumptious, recipes made with butternut squash as the star!
Butternut Squash Apple Chicken Salad with Creamy Maple Dressing
Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Galette
Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili
Black Bean & Butternut Squash Quesadillas
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Butternut Squash, Kale, & Cranberry Couscous
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
Dark Chocolate Butternut Squash Loaf Cake