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Brain Protecting Curried Winter Squash

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Super fast, extra easy. Here’s a quick way to transform plain squash into a tasty dish full of antioxidants, including curry powder’s curcumin — it’s anticancer and protects your brain.

Serves 6.

3 cups cooked, mashed winter squash (2 12-ounce frozen packages, defrosted)
1 1/2 Tbs. curry powder
2 Tbs. butter or transfat-free margarine
2 Tbs. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste
3 Tbs. sweetened coconut flakes, toasted (optional)

In a medium bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Microwave on high until heated through, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle on coconut, if desired. Serve.

Nutritional Information per 1/2-cup Serving: 115 calories, 1 g protein, 17 g carbohydrates, 6 g fat (3 g saturated), 10 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 241 mg sodium.

This EatSmart column is reprinted from USAWEEKEND Magazine and is copyrighted by Jean Carper. It cannot be reprinted without permission from Jean Carper.

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