9 July 2011

Healthy kids recipe - My African butternut squash

Because a lot of you who visit my blog are new, I wanted to revisit some of the recipes I put up on here a couple of years ago. It is not me being lazy, but there are some lovely little recipes that you might want to try but may have missed.

This one is great for babies from about 9 months to a year to get them used to garlic and ginger and the butternut squash is a very sweet vegetable and very good for you. It is great for young children and adults alike as I eat this regularly with BBQ'd meat and salad.

African Butternut Squash (5-8 portions depending on age of child)

1 medium butternut squash
1 tablespoon finely grated ginger (amount dependent on age of child)
1 crushed garlic clove 
 (amount dependent on age of child)
Fresh pepper
2 tablespoons butterA pinch of chilli flakes (optional - generally for the adult version)
1. Pierce the butternut squash a couple of times with a knife and place in a microwave for 8 minutes on a high heat (alternatively place in the oven for 20 minutes at 180ºC)
2. Remove from oven and carefully cut the butternut squash into half, removing the seeds. Score the flesh with a knife.
3. Mash the garlic, ginger, pepper and butter together with a folk (plus the chilli flakes if you are adding them) and spread it onto both sections of the squash making sure all the surfaces are covered with the seasoning. Place the sections together and cover in foil.
4. Cook the squash in an oven for 45 minutes on 180ºC .

Once cooked allow to cool for 10 minutes in the foil and serve.

Serving suggestions:
Serve on its own, with meat, fish, rice or salad.

The benefits of Ginger
Ginger is a great aid for colds and coughs, digestion and constipation.

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