Next up for the week of Thanksgiving recipe ideas happens to be my very favorite recipe lately. I’m in love with this mash recipe. I like mashes, like this Maple Butternut Squash Mash and Cauliflower Carrot Herb Mash – which both would be awesome on your Thanksgiving table too. The thing I love about this mash is the combo of all these amazing seasonal produce that creates a dish that has a combo of sweetness with the added spice of the cinnamon. It’s awesome, so please make it. If not for Thanksgiving, make it to pair with another dish. Like this pork tenderloin recipe, I bet it would work nicely with it. Hmmmm….I just might try that. I love it when I start writing to all of you and my mind actually works. By the way, when you spend a day with two almost 5 year old girls your brain is consumed with all things princess, rainbows, ladybugs, and make believe so when you sit down to write a blog post your brain isn’t 100% there… your kind of still in princess land. Which by the way is a totally fun land to be in! Takes you back to when you were a child. Ahhh, I miss those days! Ok, I’ll shut up! Now and lets talk nutrition because there are some major powerhouses in this recipe with amazing health benefits. So if you don’t believe me that you should make this maybe the nutritional information will win you over.
Sweet Potatoes – How sweet it is for your health to eat sweet potatoes! Not only do they taste like dessert, but they provide some surprising health benefits. Many people think about sweet potatoes as being nothing more than plain old potatoes that can tweak our taste buds with some extra flavor. But did you know sweet potatoes are in fact not part of the potato family? They are in fact a root! There are a surprising number of nutrient categories responsible for the health benefits of this underappreciated root. Among these categories are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and blood sugar-regulating nutrients. They are some of the most nutritious vegetables around.
Butternut Squash - Like all members of the gourd family (which includes pumpkin, melon, and cucumber), butternut squash is technically a fruit because it contains seeds. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems. As if this weren’t enough, butternut squash may have anti-inflammatory effects because of its high antioxidant content. Incorporating more of this hearty winter staple into your diet could help reduce risk of inflammation-related disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
Apples - This wonderful fruit is packed with rich phyto-nutrients that in the true senses indispensable for optimal health. The antioxidants in apple have health promoting and disease prevention properties; thus truly justifying the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And for all you CrossFitters out there, eating an apple before you work out may boost your exercise endurance. Apples deliver an antioxidant called quercetin, which aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs.
Ok, did I totally bore you? But seriously folks….these vegetables and fruit are good for you! Which means this mash is too!
See you back tomorrow with another Thanksgiving recipe idea!
Fall Harvest Mash
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 Fuji apple, peeled and cubed
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (divided)
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (divided)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup pecans, toasted and chopped (optional)
Preheat oven 400 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
In a large bowl combine peeled and cubed sweet potato, butternut squash, apple, 2 tablespoons melted coconut, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and sea salt and toss to combine. Make sure all cubes are evenly coated.
Spread mixture evenly over baking pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until everything is tender and soft.
Remove and add mixture to a bowl of a food processor along with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Process mixture until smooth. If the mixture is still a bit chunky, add 1 tablespoon coconut milk to mixture and process again till smooth.
Serve mash with toasted pecans and a sprinkle or two of ground cinnamon.