We’ve all got food aversions, and I’m no exception. Sometimes they’re there because of vivid memories of getting sick on seafood or being force-fed your veggies. Other times… they just exist, and you can’t quite figure out why. That’s how I feel about winter squash. It was just never something I could bring myself to swallow. Maybe it was the mushy texture or maybe it was the not-quite-sweet flavor. Even the fall favorite, pumpkin, just didn’t do it for me, whether it was a pie, puree, or latte. But when you embrace a whole-foods diet like the autoimmune protocol, it’s a bit more fun if you do it with a sense of adventure. So, every fall, I try to find at least one new way to cook squash that actually makes me want to eat it. Usually when people cook squash, they drown it in butter and brown sugar, but a recent encounter with my mom’s twice-baked potatoes (a staple for her) got me thinking… why not twice-bake other starchy vegetables? Combined with coconut milk and a few simple fall seasonings, this Twice-Baked Butternut Squash comes out a creamy, melt-in-your-mouth puree vaguely reminiscent of pumpkin pie. If you aren’t following the AIP, replace the shredded coconut with marshmallows or serve with a dollop of whipped cream!
Keep Your Health on Track
Whether you’re starting the autoimmune protocol, a new medication, an exercise routine or trying to get to the bottom of your headaches or indigestion, cataloging your activities and symptoms is a great way to gauge your progress. The Ultimate Health Journal can help you stay on track with diet, fitness, and other lifestyle changes you have begun or been prescribed, notice patterns in your health and lifestyle so you can enact positive changes, and provide a valuable tool for you, your family, and your healthcare team. I would never have noticed that cinnamon makes me sneeze or dairy gives me hiccups without keeping a written record during my elimination diet, which helped me see the patterns that solved my problems! The ebook is available as a digital download with printable template for $6.99.