This is a very festive fall recipe that I love to make and bring to my Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner gathering. It features very simple and accessible ingredients that are usually available all year round but the final result looks so posh that your friends and family will be so impressed with your kitchen skills! And not to mention how good they will feel after munching down on this Stuffed Butternut Squash with Edamame Beans dish.
As the name of the recipe suggests, the two not-so thanksgiving ingredients of this recipe are the butternut squash and edamame beans. Edamame beans are young soybeans and have a very nice soft crunch to them, almost like a soaked soft nut. I love them! Edamame beans contain protein which makes it a good protein choice for vegans and vegetarians. They also contain an excellent amount of calcium which makes them an ideal food choice for those of you who are on a dairy-free diet and are concern about your calcium intake. Edamame beans are also great sources for vitamin C and other key nutrients such as dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, folate, vitamin K, vitamin E, copper and B vitamins. Studies have also shown that edamame beans contain isoflavones that have been linked to a lower risk for osteoporosis and cancer.
To complement that flavor and crunch of edamame beans, I am using butternut squash as the holding vessel. Sometimes I switch up the holding vessels and use other squashes or even bell peppers. Let your imagination run wild! Butternut squash is a very good source of vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, and manganese. A cup of cubed butternut squash also contains a heaping amount of potassium, much more than in a regular banana. This nutritional profile makes the consumption of butternut squash very beneficial for your digestion, blood pressure, maintenance of healthy skin and hair, among others.
Let this simple yet festive dish brighten up your holiday table today!
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