Roasted Kabocha Squash? Yes, please. Serving up a tasty side dish recipe for your next dinner. Even the pickiest of eaters will love this one. Plus it’s healthy, low in sugar and naturally gluten-free. Shhh….that can be a secret between us!
Roasted Kabocha Squash
Ok, so a little bit of a compromise with this roasted kabocha squash recipe. It is simple and delicious of course. However, the one caveat is that it requires a bit of roasting in the ole oven. So while I do strive to provide easy meals that come together in no time flat this one breaks that rule. Just a bit, but I promise it’s easy!
Healthy Dose of Carbs
I have come full circle on eating carboydrates. While I never intentionally went low carb there was a period when I was focused more on proteins and vegetables more than anything else. Now I know full well that my body responds best to a higher carbohydrate diet. The problem with “carbs” is that this term has come to mean everything from potato chips to rice and oatmeal. These foods are just a tad different in their nutritional value.
Carbs are good for you and they should be a focus on in your diet. One great choice is squash and there is a ton of variety to keep it interesting there too! You can cook them in sweet or savory ways so there is no excuse for boredom here. Kabocha squash is a little less known. I have personally only started seeing it pop up more recent. Move over butternut – is that a saying?
- 1 Medium Kabocha
- Coconut Oil or Coconut Oil Spray (enough to coat)
- 2 Teaspoons Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1-2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum oil.
- Cut the kabocha into wedges and remove the seeds. There is no need to remove the skin.
- Coat with coconut oil spray.
- Add the salt and cinnamon so the wedges are thoroughly covered.
- Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes.
Power in Cinnamon
Cinnamon obviously tastes delicious, but is it really that good for you? Well, yes, it turns out. There are amazing benefits in cinnamon. It is one of those little super spices that can blow you away with its long list of health pow wows.
- Cinnamon may help you treat Type 2 diabetes
- May lower your bad cholesterol (or LDL)
- Cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial, and even antiviral properties
- Cinnamon can help treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- Cinnamon may have anti-carcinogenic properties
- Anti-inflammatory Properties
- May help PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
Nutrition Benefits of Cinnamon
One tablespoon of ground cinnamon contains:
- 19 calories
- 0 grams of fat, sugar, or protein
- 4 grams of fiber
- 68% manganese
- 8% calcium
- 4% iron
- 3% Vitamin K
A little bit of cinnamon goes a long way, and its antioxidant abilities are what makes it especially beneficial to include in your diet. As little as 1/2 of one teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive effects on blood sugar levels.
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How About You?
- How often do you try new things?
- Do you like squash?