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Squash, a member of the gourd family, is a hearty vegetable chock full of vitamins and phytonutrients. Slice one open and discover bright orange and yellow flesh, its source of beta-cryptoxanthin on full display. This antioxidant helps strengthen communication within a cell and includes properties known to fight chronic inflammation and heart-related diseases. Squash varieties also contain bioflavonoids; these compounds work with vitamin C to protect the body against certain cancers and support healthy bones and teeth. Their high levels of carotenoids are also responsible for balancing hormones and can stave off early menopause. Sakara Wellness Coach and self-described "food alchemist", Sasha Pagni, creates ceremony with the autumn's bounty with three deeply nourishing and simple ways to incorporate this full-body healer into your meals.
FULL MOON SPICED SQUASH SOUP
Pagni generously shares this personal recipe she curates under the autumnal moon. "I'm a miso lover, and this soup has savory, umami undertones thanks to the chickpea miso and mushroom broth." It's a love letter to herbs; Pagni suggests taking the health benefits to the next level by using the Magic Shroom Broth as the base. She recommends giving the texture depth with plenty of crunchy toppings, her signature of pumpkin seeds very much included.
CRISPY SQUASH BITES
These falafel-like, garlicky goodies are chockfull of flavor; notes of pepper, cumin, and 'cheezy' nutritional yeast stand out. Pagni serves these a few ways: in a sandwich, with microgreens and your favorite spreads; nestled in a taco, topped with the Smoky Pinto Herbal Beans; dipped in hummus or the Bean Dip; or simply straight up for a most delicious snack.
SQUASH + PAPRIKA SAUCE FOR PIZZA AND PASTA
This orange sauce is bright and electric and takes advantage of using the whole squash with little waste. Choose small cherry or Roma tomatoes for a slight acidic hit—skip over big, plump heirloom varieties to avoid the recipe becoming too watery. "It's super creamy and I put it on red or white sauce pizza, then top with crispy mushrooms, figs, and arugula for a harvest season celebration. On pasta, my favorite combination includes nutmeg, toasted pumpkin seeds, and crispy Brussel sprouts. Top with this smoky sauce to elevate the whole meal," Pagni says.
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By S LIFE MAG • October 27, 2020
Photographer: Erin Cauley