I love experimenting with fabulous meatless dishes to really bring everyday and easily accessible vegetables to life.
My roasted butternut squash drizzled in homemade rocket and walnut pesto, crumbled feta and scattered pomegranates was a delightful dish to have as either the centre ingredient to a veggie feast or it is really wonderful as a side to bring along to a Summer BBQ or a Sunday roast, can be served hot or cold, perfect for any time of the year.
Why is this dish good for you:
Butternut Squash is a cousin to the pumpkin family. They offer the same nutritional benefits too. The rich orange colour is due to its fat soluble pigment phytochemical known as a carotenoids (beta carotene – plant form of vitamin A – good for your peepers!), this is an antioxidant and can help reduce inflammation on the body. It is also a good source of fibre which is good for digestion and heart health. The potassium in pumpkins helps to maintain fluid balance in the body and a steady heart beat.
Rocket is a great source of fibre and vitamin C, it is also alkalinising, what we mean by this is it creates a good alkaline environment for your body to work at its best.
Walnuts are unique among the nut varieties, they are fabulous for your brain (they also look like little brains) they contain large doses of alpha-linoleic acid, one of the two major types of omega 3 fatty acids. I can be known to help reduce inflammation and joint pain in the body.
Pomegranates is the old French word for ‘seeded apples’, they are a fabulous source of potassium which is crucial to maintain a fluid balance in the body, by helping to maintain water balance as well as proper nerve and muscle impulses. They are also a great source of vitamin c and fibre which is good for immunity and digestion.
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